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Dancers and choreographers

Up to £37,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


Two years.

Who is this course suitable for?

Students wishing to pursue a career in dance or who are aiming to progress on to a dance-related university 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.

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What will I study?

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Urban/Global dance styles
  • Circus acrobatics
  • Choreography
  • Singing skills for dancers
  • Applying safe dance practise
  • Performance preparation
  • Planning a career in the creative and performing arts
  • Ensemble dance performance
  • Repertory dance performance
  • Cross collaborative arts
  • Leading dance

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

  • Applying safe dance practise
  • Planning a career in the creative and performing arts
  • International dance touring

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How will I be assessed?

Over the two years of the course you will be assessed on a wide range of projects. The emphasis of the course is split 70 per cent practical and 30 per cent written. The course assessments are practical and performance related with an emphasis on personal reflection, analysis and research.


There is a £75.00 student contribution which helps to cover the costs of performances, workshops and materials used. There is also the option to participate in a range of visits and residential trips during the course, the cost of which will be additional. You will be expected to have dance clothing/kit. This will be confirmed at interview.

What could it lead to?

An Extended Diploma in Dance 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:

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

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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