Performing Arts (Acting) HND

Performing Arts HNDPurpose

This course is for students who want to progress their acting and devising skills beyond Level 3, Advanced level. This course will be delivered from September 2015.


Course content

The course focuses on acting methodologies, devising skills, facilities operations in the arts and directing.

It develops the skills needed to run a creative business as well as developing personal professional practice in the acting profession.

You will study a broad range of topics related to acting including:

  • Development of Acting Skills
  • Alternative Approaches to Acting
  • Devising Performance
  • Movement for the Actor
  • Naturalistic Acting and Theatre Directing

Students attend college for two days a week and ideally should work in a performance discipline, paid or voluntary (eg being a member of an amateur troupe or company).



You will be assessed by a variety of methods including: coursework, reports, case studies, essay, observations, critiques, presentations and public performance.



Programme Manager:

  • Matt Holmes BA (Hons), PGCE

Module Leaders:

  • Charmaine Bray BEd (Hons)
  • Becky Harvey BA (Hons), PGCE


Entry requirements

At aged 18, the usual entry point requirement is 180 UCAS points. As a guide a typical offer would be: Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above, one of which must be a Level 3 qualification in a relevant performance related discipline. Applicants will also need to attend a personal interview.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis, with the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.



Successful completion of the HND can lead to a Level 6 course of study at other universities, subject to entry criteria.


2015-2016 HE Term Dates

To be confrmed


Progression To

Successful completion of the HND can lead to a Level 6 course of study, subject to entry criteria, at other universities. Please note there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability.


How to Apply

Please contact the Admissions Team for information.

Applications for Higher Education courses at Strode College are accepted throughout the year.

Conditional or unconditional offers will be made subject to appropriate qualifications and or experience, successful interview and a relevant academic or vocational reference.

If you are offered a place you should accept within three weeks of an offer being made.


Ross ScottStudent Profile: Ross Scott

"After studying A Levels at Strode I’m happy to be following my passion in drama and acting through the HND. I’m excited about being able to study at a higher level at Strode where I am familiar with the facilities, the lecturers and students. The course is enjoyable and productive with the right mix of theory and practical. I’ve learnt a lot, most of all the course has opened me up to new ideas, styles and genres, stretching my skills and abilities as an actor/director and producer. I have made friends with some very talented people who are so easy to work with."

Ross studied A Levels at Strode including Drama before progressing to the HND in Performing Arts (Acting). When he completes his course he plans to top up his HND to a BA (Hons) Acting at Sunderland University.


Key Facts

Code: DH5PAH
Level: Level 5
Award: HND Diploma
Awarding Body: Edexcel (Pearson)
Length: 2 years
Tuition fee: To be confirmed for September 2015