Performing Arts

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: OCR

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 3 Technical Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Level 3 Technical Introductory Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Level 3 Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • Maths at an appropriate level if GCSE grade 4 (C) not yet achieved

Summary of course

You will cover a wide range of performance and contextual related activities. There are at least two full scale productions in each year one at an external venue, one in- house show and performances in the community. The method of learning is by a mixture of both tutor led and practical sessions.

The qualification comprises a combination of practical and theory-based assignments.

You will also get the opportunity to perform for friends, family and members of the public on a number of occasions, go on a variety of trips and visits to theatres and shows and learn about setting up a dance company. We have strong links with The Royal and Derngate Theatre, local and national dance companies and practitioners and you will get the opportunity to attend dance workshops with professional practitioners and other companies.

This qualification offers a wide choice of units to reflect the range of opportunities available within the performing arts sector. At Level 3, students have the option of a specialist pathway where they can take a learning route that fits with their individual career aspirations. It provides students with an understanding of performing arts through engagement with techniques, the work of practitioners, industry conventions and community projects.

If you have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (C) in GCSE Mathematics, you will also be working towards this qualification as part of your study programme.

To get the most out of this course you will need to be enthusiastic, happy to work with others and confident to perform in front of an audience and alongside other arts disciplines.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Skills Development in Performing Arts
  • Professional Practice in Performing Arts
  • Community Arts Project

Specialist Units:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Urban Dance
  • International Dance
  • Dance Performance
  • Dance improvisation
  • Choreographing Dance
  • The Healthy Performer
  • Developing Classical Ballet Technique
  • Tap Dance
  • Exploring Contact Improvisation
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Developing Teaching skills in Dance
  • Developing contemporary Dance Technique
  • Exploring Dance Practioners
  • Dance in the Community

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Most of the assessment will be by both practical and written assignments throughout the programme, which are internally assessed ans externally moderated.

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you have an interest in the performing arts and wish to gain a Level 3 qualification in dance.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you could progress to:

  • Higher National Diploma in Dance at Northampton College
  • Degree
  • Employment
  • Dance School Training
  • Musical Theatre School
  • Dance College

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 3 entry requirements including GCSE English

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studied as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C).

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will need to bring a 500 word essay on why you want to achieve a dance qualification to your interview appointment. You will be required to attend a practical assessment workshop, normally held in June. Please wear appropriate clothing as the session will include movement.

General Info (materials required for the course)

A £80 contribution towards theatre trips, visits and a hoodie will be payable at enrolment.

There will be costs for pairs of Jazz shoes, ballet shoes and tap shoes.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in 2019. If you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us on 0300 123 2344 or complete our easy online enquiry form.


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