The Higher National Diploma in Musical Theatre encompasses all aspects of  Musical Theatre, giving every student an excellent grounding in Singing, Dancing and Acting, alongside developing individuality and performance skills. Working in a highly vocational setting, in a private theatre school setting allows students to really focus and commit to their craft. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you can apply to a range of institutions to ‘top up’ to a full Degree. Acceptance onto these courses is at the discretion of the Institution offering the top up. You will also have the opportunity to apply to Theatre/Dance Colleges for further professional training. Students completing this course will also be prepared to go out into the world of work – into local or regional theatres as performers, or to develop their own Performing Arts businesses, teaching either privately or in schools and educational establishments.


Students learn through a balanced programme of core training in acting, singing and dance technique along with developing artistic and creative individuality.  The timetable for the course comprises of core compulsory sessions (for example Jazz, Singing, Vocal Repertoire, Acting, Creative project) with optional classes selected to enable students to devise their own training programme. With 15 compulsory contact hours per week, this course also allows students to take additional classes alongside the course. ESPA offers a variety of additional classes, and top up packages are available to develop a 5 day a week schedule. 

Higher Education students have their own study area, available specifically on non-taught days for additional independent study and rehearsal. Throughout the course ESPA students will also be offered guest workshops with industry professionals.

ESPA provide a supportive environment that fosters not only the artistic development but also intellectual and personal development within all its students. The training is based around practical sessions and performance experience, where the three skills are brought together. Students will also study the historical, stylistic and professional aspects of the industry culminating in a solid understanding of the performing world . You will have the opportunity to perform in both a showcase and full scale show during both the first and second year of the course along with some smaller community based projects.

Alongside the HND there are additional classes offered for ESPA students including private singing and acting tuition and additional dance classes, enabling students to further develop their skills and enhance their experience. 


Starts : September 2022

Institution Code: P56
UCAS Code: 1A69

Fees : £6500 per year

Uniform: £50 - £100.

Trips and visits: £100


80 UCAS tariff points

• A Level 3 Extended Diploma with at least an MMP profile

• 3 A Levels at grade C or above

• An interview and audition

• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered in relation to your experience, enthusiasm and commitment


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  • Auditions will include a Jazz class and a Singing/Acting workshop. 

  • Candidates are to prepare a solo musical theatre song with backing track

and a monologue of their choosing. 

  • Higher Education students are asked to bring an example of written work to their audition.


  • All candidates will participate in an interview with the course coordinator.

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We are in the process of aligning procedures across Peterborough and Stamford following the creation of the Inspire Education Group and transfer of HE students to UCP. It should be noted that the terms and conditions of those students who commenced study in 2020/21 will be retained, however all UCP students, including those studying at ESPA will be governed by the Policies and Procedures of UCP. These can be found here: 

The follow policies and procedures relate to your study:


HE Student Charter 2020-21

Terms and Conditions UCP 2021-22

Higher Education Student Complains Policy

·        CS1 Form

·        CS2 Form

P921 HE Recruitment and Admissions Policy

P921 HE Criminal Conviction Form

P921 HE Admissions Fee Assessment Form

University Centre Peterborough Access and Participation Plan 2020-21

Student Protection Policy 2019-20

P902 Higher Education Freedom of Speech and External Speakers Policy

Higher Education Tuition Fee Policy

HNC/HND (Pearson) Accredited Provision Policies