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Welcome to The Hammond, the North West’s leading provider of Performing Arts education and the UK’s oldest vocational dance school.

Here at The Hammond, we are passionate about supplying the best possible vocational training in dance, drama and Read More music, alongside an enriching academic curriculum. We offer a stimulating and challenging creative environment in which we actively encourage young people to adopt an individual learning style that will enable them to flourish and prosper in their chosen discipline. We recognise and value achievement; alumni from The Hammond can be seen performing and teaching in companies and schools across the globe. Read Less

Course & Program

Qualification Level: BTEC Level 3

Drama at The Hammond offers exciting opportunities for students to develop artistic, technical and personal skills in a motivating and professional environment.

Students over the age of 16 years are enrolled on a two-year academic course that consists of the rigorous BTEC National (Level 3) Diploma in Performing Arts (Acting), plus two A Levels. There are further classes to ensure that students will gain a wealth of acting, singing and stage management experience whilst gaining a greater insight into the world of theatre.

We believe it is vital for all drama students to develop a wide range of skills that will support them during these crucial years at school, as they begin to focus on their future careers. This intensive programme includes:

The BTEC National (Level 3) Performing Arts (Acting) – 12 hours per week
A 2-year course leading to two A Levels or equivalent.
Students are introduced to a variety of skills and techniques
Further specialist classes include Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Audition Technique, Voice and Dance

Course Duration: Two Years

Course Fee: £ 4412.00 Per Term

Qualification Level: Diploma Level 6

Ofsted - Outstanding in all categories. Funded by the Education Funding Agency, Dance and Drama Awards (DaDA).

The Hammond is renowned throughout the world of Performing Arts for providing outstanding dance and musical theatre training.

Students are given the opportunity to perform on a regular basis throughout the year and our successful shows include West Side Story, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, Giselle, La Bayadere, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and many more. A considerable number of Hammond students now perform in professional shows throughout the world including the West End, tours across Europe, USA, Australia and international cruises (see Destinations tab). The Hammond is very proud of their final year students, with a high percentage gaining employment prior to their graduation.

The Hammond provides a strong foundation for entry into professional life in the Performing Arts. The Level 6 Diplomas, validated by Trinity College, London, provide specialist vocational studies for a career in the world of dance, musical theatre and performance. Hammond’s purpose is to nurture and develop practical skills required to secure and sustain employment as a professional performer.

The first year students undertake a combined year before specialising in the second year in either dance or musical theatre. The curriculum for both courses is rich and varied and students enjoy vibrant, challenging lessons with expert practitioners including senior figures from the international world of dance and musical theatre. In addition to our own faculty we have visiting professionals taking workshops and masterclasses. Students also benefit from industry standard performance and rehearsal spaces. As part of the Diploma qualification, all practical work is underpinned by contextual and theoretical studies, known as Independent Professional Studies (IPS). This is designed to encourage students to become self-reliant reflective learners.

During their final year, students are given the opportunity to present their work in The Hammond Graduate Showcase. This is strongly supported by the Hammond’s in-house Industry Co-ordinator together with relevant staff who offer guidance in the implementation of CV’s, Headshots and Showreels as well as introducing them to Agents and Casting Directors. The Showcase is performed annually in our state of the art theatre and in a London theatre. In addition, we hold Agency days at the Hammond to enable graduating students to audition within a studio environment.

Upon completion of the Trinity Diploma, students can choose to convert their qualification into a Degree, BA(Hons) Professional Practice in Arts, accredited by Middlesex University. Diploma graduates are given priority on this course.

Course Duration: Conversion available to BA

Course Fee: £ 6171.00 Per Term

Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree

The BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance is a three year degree designed to develop the practical skills and knowledge required to secure employment as a musical theatre performer and in related areas of the industry.

Students are required to complete fourteen modules, which include technical and artistic singing, acting and dance, contextual studies, health and fitness, in–house productions and a negotiated study or dissertation. The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including tutor-led studio based practical lessons, lectures, web seminars, workshops, masterclasses, independent personal practice and visits from current leading practitioners from the world of professional theatre. Students also regularly visit professional theatre performances.

The curriculum is structured to encourage students to develop intellectually as independent, critically reflective practitioners with an emphasis on singing and acting, supported by dance and underpinnned by academic study.

Students will study five principal disciplines: Technique, Artistry, Creativity, Theoretical Contextualisation and Critical Thinking.

In their final year, students take a high degree of responsibility for the planning, direction and management of their individual development as an independent artiste. They will build on personal study interests and work towards creating their own artistic voice through performance. Completion of the course will include either a negotiated practical study module or a written dissertation. Third year students will also present a showcase to agents and casting directors.

Students studying on this degree course are assessed in a variety of ways: Solo and ensemble performances, reflective journals, research essays, presentations and oral assessments. These are all designed to develop technique, knowledge and understanding which will enable students to communicate effectively as professional performers whilst developing their personal artistry.

Course Duration: Three Years

Course Fee: £ 6171.00 For Year

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Awarding Bodies
Trinity College London