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Subtitle In Partnership with – Theatre Royal Wakefield
Location Mechanics’ Theatre - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body Edexcel/BTEC
Offering Code HDL5PAM1D000
UCAS Code 2M17
Programme Design and Overview

The course is designed to give those who wish to pursue a career in Musical Theatre the best possible start.

Skill development in singing, dance, acting & musicality is at the core of everything you will do. In addition, you will also learn to become a ‘thinking and analytical’ performer with a breadth of knowledge relating to both the performing arts industry and related contextual studies. You will see the latest productions, perform in shows and work alongside industry professionals in order to gain a perspective of industry practice and to keep abreast of what’s happening in your particular field of study. This course is the first step on the ladder to success in one of the most exciting, rewardingand creative industries.

Professional development, industry standard training and academic study are at the core of this course, whether you wish to become a performer, a community arts practitioner, a teacher, or a combination of all three. The HND Musical Theatre course offers students the opportunity to develop as original artists while gaining a respected and valuable qualification. Close links with the Theatre Royal Wakefield, working West End professionals, a range of theatre visits and an annual residential trip are among the highlights of this exciting and dynamic course.

Beyond gaining the relevant skills to become a professional musical theatre performer, you will also gain valuable further experience in collaboration, communication and creativity.

Indicative Content

Acting 1 & 2
Singing 1 & 2
Acting 1 & 2
Musical Theatre Historical Context in Practice
Vocal Repertoire
Performing Arts Industry
Jazz Dance 1
Professional Development
Creative Research Project
Commercial Dance
Working in the Performing Arts Industry
Dance for Musical Theatre
Performance Project

This course focuses on professional development, training, and academic study.

The course offers you the opportunity to develop as an original artist in singing, dancing, and acting through song, in order to achieve a sound knowledge of the industry and give you optimum scope for your future career.

Underpinning the practical aspects of the course is the exploration of theoretical concepts of performance and its creation and presentation. This course will provide you with the opportunity to apply your experience in the studios in a diverse range of performance arenas such as community-based contexts, performance projects, and theatre-based performance.

Delivery Methods

Course hours typically stand at 15 hrs contact per week of lectures, rehearsals, workshops and self-directed study. This can increase during performance weeks and will require evening work and on occasion, weekends.

In addition to the course contact hours, students will need to undertake at least 10 hrs per week directed & self-directed study/ practice.

The course is typically split 60% Practical Work 40 % Classroom. You will have classes with students in your own discipline and classes with students from other performances disciplines.

Nature of Assessments on the Programme

The College assesses you through the coursework that you produce as you complete each unit, this may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. The majority of units have some form of performance-based assessment attached that focus on a range of performance skills and genres.

There are two types of assessment that you will receive while on your course:

Formative assessment is the process whereby your work and progress are assessed at regular intervals with accompanying feedback from staff in order to help to improve your performance. Staff will provide you with feedback on the progress of your work before you reach the assessment point at the end of the unit. This may take place one-to-one with a tutor (e.g. in a tutorial) or in group sessions.

Summative assessment is the process whereby your work is evaluated and given a mark at the end of course unit. Summative assessment formally records your achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes and final feedback.

You will be assessed against the approved unit learning outcomes and assessment requirements as outlined in the unit handbooks, these typically include the module descriptor, assignment brief(s) and programme outlines. The unit handbooks guide you through the specific areas of work in which you will be engaged in order to produce the work required for assessment and so successfully achieve the unit learning outcomes. Many courses also employ self and peer evaluation or assessment within their overall assessment processes.

Self-evaluation and self-assessment require you to reflect upon your learning and performance and to submit this to tutors. Peer evaluation and peer assessment are used when students have been working in teams and require each team member to reflect upon their peers’ performance and to submit this to tutors or to give you support and guidance in developing areas of performance.

There is a minimum of one piece of assessed work per unit.

Your tutors will help you to track your areas of achievement for each unit/module and to identify and discuss with you opportunities to collate evidence for module achievement.

You will be graded using the Edexcel guidelines and specifications to assess whether the evidence produced forassignments has reached the required standard at pass, merit or distinction level.

Entry Requirements

Minimum 64 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject.
Or an Access course.

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required.

Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course

All applicants are required to audition consisting of an interview, 1 two-minute contemporary monologue and 1 two minute classical theatre monologue, and a theatre critique.

Attendance Expectations 2 years, 3 days per week plus evening performances.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2020/2021

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.per year.

Additional Course Costs

Induction Week course activities:

  • Teaching and technical instruction
  • Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment
  • Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers
  • Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions
  • Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop areas
  • Access to Academic Registry and Student Support
  • Access to Careers Advice
  • Access to the Library and associated resources
  • Some local study visits
  • Performance opportunities
  • Discounted entry at Theatre Royal Wakefield and a range of shops and venues around the City

Not included:

  • Equipment for your personal or private use
  • Day-to-day items you may need as part of your personal, portable toolkit
  • Materials for producing your own work beyond inductions
  • Books for your personal or private use outside key course texts available in the Library

Study visits, unless specified Course and personal equipment: We advise Performing Arts students to invest in a basic set of equipment to help get started on the course. Depending on your specialism this equipment will inevitably vary; for example, as a student of Theatre, you may give some thought to investing in a range of suitable movement wear, stationary and a USB stick. We would encourage you to give some consideration to this before starting your course with us, and your future Course Leader will be happy to advise you regarding any queries you may have before starting your course with us.

Because of the choice and diversity of materials for Performing Arts practice, it is not possible to generalise about the costs that you might incur. Course requirements will largely determine the amount which you need to budget. For theatre visits or visiting practitioners your costs will not normally exceed £200.

You will be expected to contribute to the purchasing of costumes for which you will have ownership of, this will not normally exceed £50 You will be provided with a reading list, these titles are available in our college library. If you chose to purchase your own copies, you can buy used or new from websites such as Amazon. Information regarding suppliers of related services and materials within the region can be easily obtained from the internet or academic staff within the College.
The following costs should be used as a guide only.
Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.
Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book. There is no charge for e-books rentals.
Graduation Ceremony:
When you graduate, we will invite you to your graduation ceremony. It is free for you to attend, however, to take part you will need to pay to hire an academic robe to wear during the ceremony. Details can be found here:

Financial Support Information
The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at:

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email:

Further Study This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree like our BA (Hons) Performance Industries course. Alternatively, you can study a PGCE or Certificate in Education to progress to teaching.
Career Opportunities

Careers in the performing arts industry include being a performer, deviser, community arts worker, arts manager, writer, director, teacher, or entrepreneur.

Previous students have set up their own theatre companies or working as freelance Practitioners.

How to Apply Please apply through UCAS at
Admissions Process

After applying through UCAS or through the college if you are internal student, you will be invited to an audition and interview. You are expected to learn one contemporary musical theatre song and you will expected to take part in a dance workshop, therefore suitable movement gear will be required for the audition process.

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:

Pre-enrolment Preparation You will be sent a reading list with pertinent texts related to the academic content on the programme
Group Size A typical group size is between 7-15, in some classes where units are generic across pathways, this number will increase to between 20 - 30
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact Paul Dale-Vickers on 01924 789831 or email or ring Campus Office on 01924 789803.

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Case Study

“The course is giving me amazing insight into both the culture and skill of musical theatre and the industry, I’m in my second year and I love it” – Bryony Duncan 2016

“I transferred here from a University course which I was disappointed in and I’m really glad I did, I have learned so much since I started last year. I’m definitely a better a performer and I feel that I have realistic expectations for when ‘I’m in that world’” – Jenny Blackett 2016

Course Groups (W) Higher Education
Subject Area (W) Performing Arts
Client Group (W) Higher Education, International, 19+
Search Ref (W) 59041
Website Ref (W) EXNKBCE5NK, PG1379MMP
Information last amended: 01 April 2020 15:56