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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts - Dance Pathway

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Course Description

The level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (Dance) has been designed to incorporate a strong element of collaborative and vocational learning to provide students with the understanding, knowledge and skills identified as necessary for future progression and employment within the industry.

Our project-based learning approach will enable you to develop your skills through technique classes, assignments and projects. Emphasis is placed on practical and theoretical exploration of dance techniques, while providing an experience which draws on the realities of the performing arts industry. Dance styles explored will be Ballet, Street Dance, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary. The two year course is made up of 12 units and the majority are linked together to provide the learner with assessments that are based on real-life scenarios of industry experience.

You will also get the opportunity to work alongside students of other disciplines to produce a series of performances during the academic year, including annual dance showcases. You will also benefit from workshops, visits from external professionals and carry out work experience across the wider performing arts community.


L3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing & Production Arts UAL

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade C/4 or above to include English and Mathematics. BTEC Level 2 qualification, NVQ Level 2 or VRQ Level 2


Classroom sessions are a mix of taught theory driven by discussion and linked to current contexts, learners will gain knowledge of key historical and contemporary artists which is then linked to practical sessions. Practical activities aim to give the learners the freedom of practise to build self-confidence and expression with learners performing in a range of live shows throughout the year. Assessments are graded at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Unit Content

· Principles of Performance

· Engaging with an Audience

· Introduction to Professional Practise

· Critical and Contextual Awareness

· Production Skills

· Performance Skills

· Preparation for Specialist Study

· Collaborative Performance Project

· Developing Performance and Production Skills

· Preparing for Progression

· Exploration of Specialist Study

· Extended Project (L3 & L4)

Topics covered on the course:

  • Dance technique and performance
  • Producing and choreographing a dance performance
  • touring theatre
  • Production roles and technical theatre
  • Creating and directing live performance
  • Choreography techniques
  • Project management

Work Experience

You will be require to complete a minimum of 36 hours work experience and work related learning. Work experience is arranged a number of way: either by the learner, via the college work experience team and by course tutors who liaise with local performance companies where learners gain the opportunity to perform in a live setting such as a local theatre company. All work experience is blended to fit in with your curriculum needs. Students gain works experience through taking part in the 4 in-house shows and are given industry based opportunities such as workshops and master classes with professionals, as well as visits to universities that will provide progression opportunities.


Upon completion of this course, students can progress onto university courses, gain an agent, dance school or become a freelance performing artist. We encourage all learners to join their local amateur dramatics group.

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