Performing Arts - Dance Level 3 Diploma

Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Diploma
Course Level: Level 3
Location: The Hub
Duration: 1 year full-time
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Course Description

The Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) is a one year course designed to introduce you to the skills needed to become a Professional actor.  You learn through practical performance workshops, rehearsals and live performance projects both on stage and in front of a camera.  All activities will be underpinned by developing core dance skills and techniques. The Course is equivalent to 1.5 A levels.

Course Structure

The course is made up of practical and theory projects and workshops giving learners the opportunity to expand their horizons within the field of Performing Arts. Assignments on the course vary in timescale depending on the nature of the project.


The Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance is a 9 unit qualification (achieved in year one only)

Course Assessment

Functional skills are embedded throughout the course, you may be required to take an exam and/or complete a portfolio to achieve these.  The course is assessed through practical and written assignments linking to performance projects.

Entry Requirements

  • 4-5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English
  • or a First Diploma in Performing Arts Level 2 at Merit
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English and attend an interview and audition


For equivalent qualifications see the Entry Requirements Explained page

Course Progression Routes

Previous National Diploma students have gone on to study Performing Arts at degree level at Universities and Stage schools.

Course Career Prospects

Opportunities exist to enter the performing arts business within holiday camps and animation team activities, film and TV extra work and various Junior Level  roles, but further training would be recommended to achieve employment in many job roles including professional Dancer or Choreographer.

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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.


Activities such as trips and visits will be arranged, which are beneficial to this course and your learning. These activities are optional and additional fees will be charged to you. Details will be provided at the time of interview.

Course Costs

There are no course fees if you are under 19 years old. However, you may have to pay for textbooks, personal kits, uniforms, trips and personal stationery. You will be informed of these at your interview.

Specific Course Information Contact

Keeley Martin, Administrator, 01302 553929 keeley.martin@don.ac.uk

For Application and Enrolment Information Contact

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