Acting & Performance SCQF Level 8

Develop your confidence with a view to working in one of the most vibrant areas of the creative industries; the performing arts.


Why take this course?

This advanced level course allows you to develop your skills and confidence with a view to working in one of the most vibrant areas of the creative industries; the performing arts.  

It will provide you with a platform from which you can build on your leadership and cooperative team working skills, whilst achieving valuable insights into contemporary theatre practices.

What you will experience

You will get countless opportunities to develop advanced skills in the key areas of voice, singing, movement, production and acting. You will study specific forms of acting such as acting for radio, acting for camera and theatre styles, as well as professional development for actors and how to present your skills successfully during a performance.

We work in close partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts, Aberdeen Arts Centre Theatre and the Scottish Drama Training Network, and throughout the course you will be strongly encouraged to develop an understanding of how to market your talents within the industry.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least two Higher qualifications. Please note that you will be required to attend an audition.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Advanced entry to year 2 is possible for those who previously completed HNC Acting & Performance, as long as 15 credits were obtained.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

The HND can help gain entry to a variety of performing arts degree programmes (i.e. Royal Scottish Conservatoire - subject to conditions).


You may get involved in staging or casting, or opt to pursue work in your local community as a workshop leader or teacher. Typical opportunities are available in theatre, television and radio as a performer, presenter or writer. Roles may include:

  • Actress/Actor
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Drama Teacher
  • Performer
  • Performing Artist
  • Presenter
  • Radio Presenter
  • Theatre Director
  • TV Presenter

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.