Performing Arts

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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

Four GCSEs at Grade 4-5 [C] or above or Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts/Dance plus GCSE English and maths at Grade 3 [D] or Functional Skills English and maths at Level 1 . You must attend the Workshop Session in the summer.

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

Sorry, you’ve missed the start date for this course but we are planning to offer it again in September 2020. 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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