SCQF Level 8
Performing Arts

Course Overview

HND Musical Theatre is a diverse course designed to push you towards your performing potential. This multi-faceted course will test your skills in acting, singing and dancing with a view to progress to a career in the exciting industry of musical 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

You will gain essential experience through practical and theoretical studies, which include varied acting techniques, vocal training using Estill and other practices, jazz, tap dance, musical theatre repertoire, and production. Opportunities to visit theatres and take part in industry-run workshops will be available through PASS industry connections. As part of this course you will participate in exciting projects and musical theatre productions.

Upon completion, you will be qualified for further study of musical theatre at a university level. This course also offers exciting opportunities for collaboration with other students in Edinburgh College including make-up artists, costume designers and technical theatre designers. You will meet previous PASS students who have become theatre professionals at our inspiring PASS It On sessions throughout the year. 

You will leave this course having learned how to take a simple idea, expand and explore it until becomes a final product; bringing it to life in musical form.   

Please see audition information below.

What You Will Learn
  • Acting Skills
  • Practical Singing Skills
  • Practical Dance Skills
  • Audition Skills
  • Performance Skills
  • Personal Skills
Placement Information
  • no placement but projects and performances take place
Entry Requirements
  • Entry on to this course is mainly based on the audition process but you will ideally have one or two Highers in Drama, Dance, Music or Musical Theatre
  • English at SCQF Level 6 is recommended but not essential 
  • Strong personal statement on application 
  • Successful audition demonstrating strong acting through song/movement skills 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through practical demonstrations of singing, dancing and acting skills  
  • You will be tested on your theory through assignment work (actor’s logbooks or Vlogs and through theoretical/research assignments) 





Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Audition will be via video link.

We would like you to film the following criteria for your external audition for HND Musical Theatre. 

Part One – Dance: 

Following submission of your application you will be sent two pre=recorded tutorial videos, one 1-minute Tap combination, and one 1-minute jazz combination. Please learn each of these and film yourself performing them.  

Part Two – Singing: 

Candidates are required to record themselves singing the verse and chorus of TWO contrasting music theatre songs (max 4 minutes of singing) from a list which will be sent to them on application. 

Part Three – Acting:  

You will be required to perform an acting monologue lasting 1-2 minutes in length which should be from a contemporary published play or musical from 1990 onwards.  This monologue should be in your own accent. Try to make sure you know it and your songs by heart in order to make the most of your performance.  It is advisable to choose something that is appropriate for your age and is suitable for a family and friends audience. 

Remember we are looking for potential not perfection so please do your best. 

Audition Footage must be submitted by emailing your links to with the subject heading HND MUSICAL THEATRE FOOTAGE by one the following dates in 2021: 

  • February 19th 
  • March 26th 
  • April 29th 
  • May 28th  
  • June 18th 

If your application is successful you will be invited to an online interview: 

Online interview: 

You will be interviewed by two of the Musical Teaching staff who will ask you a series of questions to further assess your suitability for the course.   

It is worth noting that you may be offered a place on a course of a different level, the staff team will place you on the course that they believe will best suit your needs and allow you to develop and progress within the department. For more information on these courses please refer to the Edinburgh College website. 

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Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress to a university-level course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland  
  • Further study at Arts Educational Schools London  
  • Various courses at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts 
Career Opportunities
  • Working in the theatre using singing dancing and acting skills  
  • Work as a cast member on a cruise ship 
  • Job as entertainment at a holiday camp  
  • Commercials  
  • Videos  
  • Pantomimes and many other performing arts jobs 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 to 4 days per week  
  • You will be expected to work out with College class hours 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Course Delivery
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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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