SCQF Level 6
Performing Arts

Course Overview
­Acting and Theatre Performance NC is an exploration of the acting industry. This course is designed to introduce you to acting and theatre career opportunities and push your creative potential.  This course will test your acting and theatre skills through subjects in acting, voice and theatre. 


Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has a range of exceptional professional facilities including the Pass studio theatre as well as dance, acting and aerial studios.

Opportunities for practical work experience will be available through PASS industry connections. Immerse yourself in the art of acting as you gain essential experience in professional environments and make crucial connections with theatre professionals. You will learn how to take a simple idea and expand and explore it until becomes a final product; bringing it to life. Theatre visits will be organised, and you will showcase your developing skills through at least two-stage performances of your own. This course will ensure you are well-prepared for further study of acting and performance at a higher level as well as preparing you for work in the industry.  


What You Will Learn

  • Preparation for Audition 
  • Personal Skills 
  • Live Performance 
  • Acting Skills 
  • Movement Skills 
  • Theatre Skills in Performance 
  • Voice Skills 
  • Theatre History 
  • Money Management 
  • Movement and Dance 

Placement Information
  • You will perform in the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) theatre to a paying audience throughout your course 

Entry Requirements

  • Three passes at SCQF Level 5 
  • A strong personal statement 


English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through practical demonstrations, theory and research assignments 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
To successfully be given a place, all candidates must take part in an audition at Granton Campus. The audition process will likely last between two and three hours and contains four sections:

  • A tour of our facilities with current HND students 
  • An induction session 
  • A workshop with fellow auditionees 
  • An audition monologue performance followed by an interview 


For the entire audition process, please wear appropriate clothing (loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes) and have jewellery and watches removed.  

If you have long hair, please tie it back to make sure your face is visible and does not obscure your expressions. 

The workshop is an essential component of the audition process. We are looking at your ability to take direction, express yourself and to successfully work in a team. This will include games and devising exercises with the whole audition group. 


The monologue must be fully memorised to performance standard. It must be from a published play that is no longer than two minutes - those that go over may be stopped due to time constraints. Your piece should be from a contemporary play and of a character who is near your age and the gender you identify as. Please do NOT choose classical pieces, including Shakespeare. Also, avoid pieces from the following plays:

  • The Letterbox or Tally’s Blood by Ann Marie di Mambro 
  • The Steamie by Tony Roper 
  • Men Should Weep by Ena Lamont Stewart 
  • DNA by Dennis Kelly 
  • Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel 
  • Passing Places by Stephen Greenhorn 


These pieces tend to be very popular and are frequently overused. 

Immediately after your performance, you will have a short interview where we will ask you about your reasons for wanting to train with us and about the kind of theatre that interests you. Please come prepared to answer questions about your experience, the productions you’ve seen and why you chose your piece. 

Please note the following. Due to the number of applicants we see, we are unable to give feedback on your audition. It is possible that the place offered will be on a different course than the one you applied for or that a place will not be offered on a course within PASS. This is due to many factors, including experience, education, results of the audition given and/or the quality of the application submitted. It is also important to stress that not all applicants will be successful in securing an interview, even if they meet all the requirements. This is due to the high-quality applications we receive and the limited amount of space we have on offer. 


We do, however, encourage anyone with a passion for theatre and acting to apply for a course in this exciting and well-regarded department. 


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HNC Acting and Performance taught at Edinburgh College 
  • Audition for various drama schools
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Audition for theatre, film and TV work 

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days however this will be increased when working towards performances 

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
Since leaving Edinburgh College, Karen Gillan went on to study in London at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts before appearing in popular TV shows such as The Kevin Bishop Show and medical drama Harley Street. Karen’s popularity has seen a sharp rise since she appeared as Amy Pond - Dr Who’s assistant in early 2010.

Karen says “PASS is a fantastic stepping stone to a career in the arts. Through the encouragement and support and the most high quality of training, I realised I could pursue a career in acting. I would highly recommend Edinburgh College to anyone with an interest in the arts and wish the College every success with PASS”.
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Our Campuses
Performing Arts

Edinburgh College is home to the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), one of the country's largest and most respected centres for training in the performing arts.  

We are delighted to have renowned actress Karen Gillan as our Patron.

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