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Performing & Production Arts (Dance) Extended Diploma Level 3

Subject Area
Performance & Production
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
2 Years
Level 3

This course is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in dance or who are aiming to progress on to a dance degree/dance conservatoire.

The Extended Diploma is a very practical course; students will study a wide variety of dance styles. You will be taught by industry professionals and experienced dance teachers who have knowledge, experience and excellent partnerships with companies such as The Royal Ballet, Stella Mann Performing Arts College, Move It and many more that will develop your ability and further your opportunities and career.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 4 or above including English and/or Maths. Please note a relevant Level 2 Diploma will also be considered as part of the entry requirement.

As well as the general entry requirements for Vocational Level 3 courses, you will be required to attend an audition to demonstrate your performing arts skills and discuss your interest in the subject.

What will I study?

Students will study the following units:

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Commercial
  • Acrobatics
  • Choreography
  • Singing Skills for Dancers
  • Dance Industry
  • Performance Projects each term
  • History of Dance
  • Fitness
  • Auditions and Progression

Dance theory is also of high importance and these units include:

  • Dance Industry
  • History of Dance
  • Dance Studio 2017

Method of delivery

You will typically be in College three days per week. All units will be taught in a classroom/workshop environment.

How will I be assessed?

Over the two years of the course you will be assessed on a wide range of practical projects. The emphasis of the course is split 80% practical and 20% written. The course assessments are practical and performance related with an emphasis on personal reflection, analysis and research.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

An Extended Diploma in Dance, equivalent to three A Levels, can lead to further study in dance either at university or at a specialist college or conservatoire. This qualification is designed to lead to a career within the performing arts industry, be that in the field of practical performance, choreography or education.

Previous students have secured places at:

  • Urdang
  • Bird
  • Rambert
  • Creative Academy
  • Italia Conti
  • Institute of Performing Arts, Barcelona
  • Addict Academy
  • London Studio Centre
  • Performers College
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Laban
Natasha Dance Extended Diploma L3

“I have loved every minute of studying Dance and I have achieved things I never thought I would be able to during my time here at the College. York College has the most warming and encouraging atmosphere and my tutors have been outstanding, supporting me every step of the way to help me reach my goals.

My next steps are to attend SLP College in Leeds to study Dance and Musical Theatre.”

Dance Extended Diploma Level 3
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