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Course Overview

The Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Dance) is a one year course equivalent to 1.5 A levels, designed to introduce you to the skills needed to become a professional dancer/choreographer or teacher.

Dance is an exciting course where you will develop your skills through practical performance workshops rehearsal and live performance. You will be given the opportunity to expand your horizons within the field of Performing and Production Arts Dance including specific styles such as Contemporary, Jazz, Choreography and Urban Dance,

Level 3
1 year full-time
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Course Fees
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Units and Structure

The course is made up of 8 units building skills within both Performing and Production arts leading to performance based assessments throughout the year.

Unit breakdown

  • Unit 1: Principles of Performance
  • Unit 2: Engaging with and Audience
  • Unit 3: Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Unit 4: Critical and Contextual Awareness
  • Unit 5: Production Skills and Context
  • Unit 6: Performance Skills and Context
  • Unit 7: Preparation for Specialist Study
  • Unit 8: Collaborative Project

In addition to your course you will be expected to attend regular tutorials.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

  • 4 GCSEs at level 4+ including English
  • or a BTEC/UAL equivalent at Merit
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English
  • All applicants must attend an interview and audition.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Marie Wroe

Marie Wroe

I have been with the college over 15 years as course leader for the dance course and have recently taken on the musical theatre course.

I studied dance from the age of nine within a local dance school and at sixteen joined Doncaster College to complete the National Diploma in Performing Arts dance. I then went on to study dance at degree level at Bretton Hall university before joining the college as a member of staff whilst completing my teacher training here.

I am trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Disco and my main area of expertise, contemporary dance. I have also had many years’ experience in singing and performance.

I absolutely love my job role here within the College, inspiring young people to follow their own dreams.

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.
93% pass rate in 2016/2017

Student Comment

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During my first year on the level 3 Dance course, I was able to not only extend my knowledge of dance, but also improve on my practical skills and quality as a performer.

I used to find performing in front of an audience a daunting task, but after this year on the course, my confidence is the highest it’s ever been. Part of this is from being given the opportunity to perform in three different shows throughout the year, and because of this I am now 100% comfortable on the stage. Not only is this down to having more experience, but also from meeting the individuals I had chance to work alongside during the year, who were all unbelievably supportive, accepting and encouraging of everyone on the performance courses.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that the course allowed me to develop more understanding of how the performance industry works, and offered the chance to work within an environment where we were treated as professionals, in order to teach us what the industry is like and what is expected of performers after college.

Leona McDonough-Smith UAL Dance Level 3

Progression and Employment

Opportunities exist to enter the performing arts business within holiday camps and animation team activities, film and TV extra work and various roles within light entertainment industry, but further training would be recommended to achieve employment in many professional job roles. Many learners will progress onto degree level courses at University or Stage School. Past learners have successfully secured places at Urdang, Northern ballet, Tiffany Theatre College and LIPA.

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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

  • 4 GCSEs at level 4+ including English
  • or a BTEC/UAL equivalent at Merit
  • All applicants must complete an initial assessment in Maths and English
  • All applicants must attend an interview and audition.

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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