Course Overview

Hereford College of Arts has been teaching Performing Arts for over 25 years. It is unique in being the only college in the region to offer professional Performing Arts training within the creative environment of a college dedicated to the arts.

Our tutors have professional experience in the Performing Arts industry and the courses have strong links with a wide range of professional practitioners and performance companies that regularly come to visit the college to deliver workshops and/or performances to our students.

Educational trips are planned to see a varied selection of performance work, including cutting edge contemporary performances in dance, drama and musical theatre, as well as a programme of workshops by professional companies throughout your studies.

The course has fantastic links with industry professionals and our student benefit from working with organisations such as The Courtyard Hereford, Aerial Dance Hereford, Dancefest, 2FaceDance and  Pentabus Theatre Company   


The course is designed to provide young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study or employment in the performing arts.  It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in performing arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from general to more specialised study.

The course is delivered alongside our other performing arts courses in an extremely creative environment based around the Folly Arts Theatre, dance studio and additional resources at our College Road Campus.


On completion of the course, you will have developed your self-confidence, presentation skills, team-working potential and communication skills. As well as a personal career plan and improved performance skills, you will also have a deeper understanding of this challenging but very exciting, industry!

During your time at the College you will have the opportunity to join the Young Enterprise Scheme, which gives you a real life experience of setting up a company.

English and maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades (grade C or above) will get additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Functional Skills depending on prior GCSE grades. Please click here for more details



On completion, the course is worth the equivalent of 3 A Levels.



Throughout the year you will be involved in a number of projects that will each introduce you to different skills and techniques needed. Each project culminates in a performance within the College and/or at external venues, enriching your experience and increasing your understanding and appreciation of the wide variety of different opportunities that exist in the Performing Arts industry.

The course provides you with an intensive, practical training environment together with grounding in theoretical analysis and appreciation of your own process. The units allow for you to design your own unique learning experience. We also prepare you for progression to higher education at university, dance or drama schools. 

Practical classes and tutorials are delivered over four days of the week. Supporting research and written work for projects is completed during study time in and outside of college. Units are delivered through practical performance projects and assessed through observations during rehearsals, supporting written work and performance.


Depending on the project your skills sessions could include :

Jazz Dance
Ballet Technique
Physical Theatre
Circus Aerial/ Aerial Dance
Improvisation (movement)
World Dance
Contemporary Dance (Graham, Cunningham, Release)
Movement for the Actor

Classical Acting skills
Film and TV Acting
Radio Acting
Audition skills
Script writing
Contemporary Acting skills
Theatre for Education

Singing Technique
Classic Musical Theatre
Contemporary Musical Theatre
Improvisation (Acting)
Singing for Musical Theatre (Actors and Dancers)
Theatre for Children



The majority of our students completing this course successfully apply to degrees and foundation degrees at Universities and Colleges throughout the UK, as well as Drama Schools and Dance Conservatoires. There are now very real opportunities to study at uni-level right here at Hereford College of Arts on our BA (Hons) Performing Arts course.  We offer our own students a generous cash bursary in their first year of study.

Career opportunities include:actor (live and recorded media) , dancer, vocalist, arts administrator, musician, technician (live and recorded media), directing, performance management and teaching.  The transferable skills acquired can help forge successful careers in other sectors such as business and management.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C or 9 – 4 in the new GCSE grading structure (to ensure that you qualify it is highly desirable that you achieve at least a grade C or above in English and maths), or on achieving a Merit at Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts
  • Interview & audition

What you will study:

First year (Award/Diploma)

Throughout your first year you will study all key areas of Performing Arts – Acting, Singing, Dance. You will have the opportunity to opt for a skills specialism in the second term.

In the third term you will take part in a public performance project. At the end of this year your performance throughout the course will be reviewed to determine progression onto the second year or we will discuss alternative and appropriate routes.


During your second year you will start to build an audition portfolio in preparation for the auditioning process at university, dance or drama school. During this time, a high level of advice and guidance will be given to you to support you through the UCAS application process.

You will take part in a number of projects and you will be assigned specific roles (on and off stage) depending on your individual development plan.

In your final term you will take part in a full-scale musical/drama production.