HNC/D Musical Theatre candidate information

The HNC and HND in Musical Theatre will build on your previous experience of Theatre Arts and Performance. You might have gained experience through a lower-level course, or developed your interest in youth theatre or amateur dramatics, or you might show potential as a performer.

The course will allow you to develop:

  • skills in singing, acting, voice and dance
  • the ability to integrate these skills in performance
  • an innovative and creative approach to work in rehearsal and performance
  • an understanding of theatre practice
  • audition skills either for employment or for places at higher education establishments
  • co-operative team working skills
  • Adaptability
  • an understanding of theatre practice
  • the ability to respond to direction

You will also be able to develop your communication and interpersonal skills, your skills as a performer, self-presentation skills, self-evaluation skills to enable professional development, analytical skills, the ability to work independently, the confidence to perform to potential, and professional attitudes.

Employment and progression opportunities

There are employment opportunities in the Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Industry (West End, cruise lines, summer season, pantomime, television, theatre & cabaret).
On completing the HNC, you should be able to audition for further training at drama school or university. Opportunities now exist in Scotland to complete a BA Honours in Musical Theatre. It is possible to enter the third year if you have successfully completed the HND Musical Theatre.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. You will be invited to a formal audition, in which you will offer prepared speeches/monologues, songs, participation in a dance workshop or evidence of relevant experience.

Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • Relevant Units from an appropriate NQ programme (Higher Drama or Higher Music would be preferable)
  • Relevant industrial experience