Professional Theatre Preparation NPA SCQF level 5

What is special about this course?

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Professional Theatre Preparation is one of a new suite of small NPAs which cover a range of aspects of the theatre industry and  is designed to equip candidates with the knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to the theatre profession and to develop a foundation for progression to further study in drama.

Entry requirements

While there are no specific entry requirements for the NPA, it would be beneficial if you had some previous experience of either a drama, dance, music or music theatre Course/ Units.

The NPA is designed to develop an appreciation of all aspects of preparing for a career in professional theatre. It will encourage you to take a detailed, focused and professional approach to preparing for a variety of potential experiences that may lead to professional training and/or employment in the performing arts industry. You will explore and develop performance skills and develop a deeper insight into the type of work available in the performing arts sector.

It will help prepare you to audition for courses at drama schools or colleges. You will choose to develop specific skills in acting or voice or movement. There is one mandatory Unit, Preparation for Audition, which will prepare you for the audition process through developing a broad overview of the types of work available within the performing arts sector and preparing for, performing and evaluating your own audition performance.  You will also study two from the following three units: -

Drama: Acting Skills, Drama: Voice Skills, Drama: Movement Skills

This NPA is highly practical in nature and there will be a balance of types of assessment — with an emphasis on practical assignments.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

This course will be delivered face-to-face, with individual, small group and larger group work.

How long will my course last?

will vary depending on school timetables

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre

Start date

will vary depending on school timetables


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Entry to employment in the performing arts as an actor, musician or dancer is through the audition process. The National Progression Award in Professional Theatre Preparation allows the student to prepare for this process. Students who are keen to enter the performing arts profession will be prepared with the skills which will assist them in the audition process.

It is recognised that candidates who achieve the NPA in Acting and Performance could potentially find employment in the following areas:

¨   Performing (Drama, Dance, Music, Music Theatre)

¨   Arts promotion/management

¨   Teaching

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