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HND: Musical Theatre SCQF Level 8

SCQF Level 8

This demanding practical course has been designed to equip you with practical skills, training and development in voice, singing and music theory, movement and dance practice as well as acting techniques. Working with experienced lecturers and industry practitioners, you will develop the skills and techniques required for a career in musical theatre and performing arts.

On successful completion of HND year 1, you will have achieved an HNC in Musical Theatre.

What You Study

Core units

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

Optional units could include:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz dance
  • Movement for musical theatre
  • Score interpretation
  • Physical theatre skills for devising and performance
  • Musical theatre repertoire

Duration and Attendance

  • HNC – one year full-time
  • HND – two years full-time

This course is offered as a one year HNC: or two year HND:. Entry requirements are the same for both.

Entry Requirements

Year 1

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Level C or above including Drama and/or English
  • National Certificate: Acting and Theatre Performance SCQF Level 6
  • A related/relevant course at SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • Successful audition

You will be required to take part in a workshop and present a musical theatre practical portfolio consisting of:

  • A monologue (between 1.5-3 minutes)
  • A prepared song (2-3 minutes)
  • A prepared movement/dance sequence (1 to 2 minutes).
  • Please bring sheet music/accompaniment with you to audition

Internal Candidates

  • National Certificate: Acting and Theatre Performance SCQF Level 6 and a successful audition
  • Another related/relevant course at SCQF Level 6 and a successful audition

Year 2

  • On successful achievement of HND year 1 Musical Theatre, an offer of progression to HND year 2 will be made

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice (Fife College)
  • Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS)
  • Central School of Speech and Drama London
  • Manchester Metropolitan
  • The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)
  • Rose Bruford London
  • University of West of Scotland
  • Cumbria University
  • University of Sunderland
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Cardiff
  • New College Lanarkshire

Career Opportunities

  • Musical theatre performer/practitioner
  • Independent performing artist
  • Drama and dance practitioner/educator
  • Singing/music teacher
  • Working in performing arts industries which may include on a cruise liner or other commercial opportunities
  • Vocal/recording artists

Application Process

Successful audition and interview.

Find Your Ideal Career

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This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online
Full time 2nd Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy apply online

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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