Musical Theatre HNC

Course code 113W

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in a career in the musical theatre and performing arts industries, or within community arts, then this course is ideal.

The course will prepare you to cope with the demands of current professional practice and will develop your skills in singing, dancing and acting through a range of performance opportunities and training.

Working in tandem with students on the HNC Technical Theatre, you will also gain an understanding of the complete production process and develop your collaborative skills.

On successful completion, you will have the necessary skills for employment within semi or professional theatre companies or to conceptualise local or national community arts programmes.

Special features

  • You will be taught and work with experienced industry professionals
  • Guest lecturers, industry visits, and industry professionals' masterclasses will enrich your experience
  • Opportunities to develop and lead your own projects
  • Live performance opportunities will enhance your experience and prepare you for work in the real world


We offer modern student accommodation in Perth ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, Or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above Or
  • Successful completion of a related SCQF level 6 or equivalent qualification such as NC Music or NC Acting and Theatre Performance
  • Applicants with other relevant qualifications or industry experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will be asked to attend an audition and interview to assess your musical ability

Access routes

  • NC Music
  • NC Acting and Theatre Performance

Year 1 - HNC

Core units include:

  • Vocal techniques for musical theatre 1
  • Singing skills for musical theatre 1
  • Acting 1: developing skills
  • Performance 1: developing skills for musical theatre
  • Musical theatre: graded unit 1
  • Professional development for actors

Option units which may include:

  • Movement for musical theatre 1
  • Musical theatre repertoire
  • Theatrical make-up
  • Acting for radio

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September , where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online induction at the start of the course. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, practical work, and live performances in college and in the community.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to consider careers in semi or professional theatre performance, cruise ship or holiday camp entertainment, TV or radio, community arts projects, performance therapy and teaching.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to consider progressing to the HND Musical Theatre, or to the university's BA (Hons) Drama and Production.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2022

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.