This dynamic 2-year dance course gives you the opportunity to improve your technical ability in a variety of dance styles as well as developing your choreographic and performance skills. You will develop vocational skills and professional knowhow to perform at a high level. Our highly qualified dance staff, many with a strong professional background working in theatre and dance, are dedicated to helping you gain those skills. The course will give you an insight into performing arts dance industry and support you in making decisions about future dance career.
Whether your interest is in performing in the west end, on cruise ships, in contemporary or urban dance or teaching dance this course will enable you to develop a range of skills.
If you are aged 16-18 and haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.
What You'll Learn
Year 1 focuses on establishing technical and performance skills across all styles of dance and developing your contextual and stylistic understanding through practical projects. You will be in the dance studio daily to refine your dance skills. Dance styles on the course include contemporary dance, ballet, urban, jazz, commercial, afrobeats, tap, lyrical and improvisation, as well as choreography, musical theatre, health and fitness. You will study technique classes and perform within several short projects guided by your experienced tutors. You will also perform in two major performances at the Sue Townsend Theatre, our professional theatre in Leicester city centre. You will have opportunities to develop your own work and choreograph dance pieces for performance.
You will become a member of our College dance company, Artus, and represent the College at events and competitions both locally and regionally. You will develop your vocal and performance skills, working closely with Musical Theatre students to develop a broad range of skills for your future career.
Each year we host a range of exciting master classes where visiting dance artists and companies work with you to share their industry knowledge. Additionally, trips to view live performance enrich your experience and develop your understanding of the professional world of dance.
Year 2 focuses on further developing your technical skills in all dance styles within technique classes. You will learn routines and repertoire created by tutors and study the work of professional companies in the industry. In addition, you will explore your own work choreographically and create a portfolio around your own personal interests and specialisms which can be used for audition and performance within our final major production showcased at The Sue Townsend Theatre.
Entry to this course requires five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English (essential) and maths (desirable). You will be required to provide one reference and it is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance at your last place of work or study.
You will be invited to attend a welcome event where you will participate in an audition to show you have a suitable level of experience in dance. You will participate in dance workshops and perform a pre-pared dance solo. This is to support your careers choice and ensure that we place you on the right programme for you.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.
How you will be assessed
You will be assessed through both coursework and performance. You will need to show within your work that your skills and understanding are sufficient to pass each unit or achieve higher grades.
Your assignments are assessed internally by the college, and standards are verified by Edexcel. You will be assessed in a variety of ways which will include rehearsal, performance, workshops, journals, projects, digital portfolios, blogs and presentations.
There are theatre trips and workshops throughout the year which form part of the course and come at an additional expense. There is a dance kit list which will be supplied on acceptance on the course which includes practical clothing and dance footwear.
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.
Course and Career progression
At the end of this programme you will achieve a Level 3 National Extended Dance Diploma in Performing Arts Practice (Dance). You will be able to pursue a degree at university or dance college.
Our graduates have progressed to Trinity Laban, Shockout Academy, Creative Academy, London Contemporary Dance School, Bird College, UCLAN, DMU as examples. Many past students are now dancing professionally, running their own companies, working in dance fitness or teaching.
What Happens Next
Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.