Acting and Performance HNC

UCAS code 014W

What is special about this course?

The nationally recognised HNC Acting and Performance is aimed at those with experience and/or genuine interest in acting and performance. It will allow you to develop your skills in voice, movement, acting and stage craft.

Taking part in performances in our versatile performing arts studio as well as in the community, you will work co-operatively in teams experiencing opportunities for leadership, and take part in innovative and creative approaches to work in rehearsal and performance.

Special features

  • Relaxed and effective teaching style
  • Opportunities to take part in performances at college and in the community
  • Experience of integrating acting, movement and voice skills and production
  • Collaboration with students on the BA (Hons) Drama and Performance programme for scratch performance nights
  • A sound foundation to gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to both present yourself for auditions, and also subsequent work in the industry as a freelance operator


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above including English OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above including English, PLUS
  • Four Standard Grades at grade 3 or above, or equivalent
  • Alternatively, NC Acting and Performance or NC Creative Industries with at least Intermediate 2 in English
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

  • NC Acting and Theatre Performance
  • NC Creative Industries
  • NC Musical Theatre

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Acting 1: developing skills
  • Acting and performance: group award graded unit 1
  • Movement 1: developing skills
  • Production 1: developing skills
  • Voice 1: developing skills

Option units are:

  • Acting methods and practitioners
  • Creating drama scripts
  • Devising theatre
  • Shakespeare in practice
  • Drama skills: leading a workshop
  • Acting for camera
  • Directing a text

Please note that option units available vary depending on study location; for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured) - available at Inverness College UHI only

You will learn through a combination of practical workshops, lectures and tutorials, and participate in 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?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI - (full-time only)

Note: At Moray College UHI the course is delivered in collaboration with Out of the Darkness Theatre Company. All practical work will be undertaken at their premises, but you will register and have access to all facilities and have support from Moray College UHI.

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may choose to seek a career in acting, community theatre, community arts or stage management. The HNC Acting and Performance course is also a great stepping stone to year 2 of the university's BA (Hons) Drama and Production, or to teacher training.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of the HNC (gaining grade A or B in the Graded Unit), and a successful interview and audition, there is the opportunity to progress to the second year of the BA (Hons) Drama and Production.

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Apply for Acting and Performance HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2019

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.