Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    4 September 2017 to 22 June 2018
    UCAS Code
    W500
    Ref
    18/19LHNDDANCEFB12

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: HND Dance

Summary of course

The HND in Dance is aimed at people looking to make dance performance or dance teaching a career. It develops skills in a range of dance styles with the opportunity to perform on stage to a variety of audiences.

Special course features include:

  • Choreography for solo and group performance
  • Classical ballet background and technique
  • Commercial dance techniques and performance
  • Dance for camera
  • Dance in education
  • Employability skills
  • Historical context
  • Jazz dance technique and performance
  • Tap dance technique and performance
  • Urban and street

Key facts:

The course is taught in a highly practical way using workshop style classes in which students work individually and in groups to develop and refine their skills, supported by tutors with extensive dance experience. There are at least two public performances each year with the second year focusing on progression to top stage schools around the country or the third year of a dance or similar degree.

The School of the Arts benefits from cutting-edge facilities in a building which gives students access to the studios and equipment necessary to gain the knowledge and skills demanded by a fast-moving and competitive industry.

Our resources include:

  • Two large dance studios
  • Two large performance studios
  • Theatre
  • TV studio

Part-time study may be available for this course and these options will be discussed at your interview.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Choreography for solo and group performance
  • Classical ballet background and technique
  • Commercial dance techniques and performance
  • Dance for camera
  • Dance in education
  • Employability skills
  • Historical context
  • Jazz dance technique and performance
  • Tap dance technique and performance
  • Urban and street

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.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?

This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments and essays will be set for each module. The course will culminate in a final major project in which students take responsibility for the management of a major piece of assessed work showcasing their skills and specialisms. Your final major project performances will normally be staged in a public theatre in front of large audiences.

Who is this course for?

The HND Dance is for students who have reached Level 3 in this discipline either at school, college or stage school. You will be looking to progress further into the performing arts industry, specialising in dance, or into dance teaching. The course will enable you to develop further competences in solo and group performance and prepare you for auditioning for parts on the professional stage. The successful applicant is likely, but not necessarily, to have performed in public and developed at least basic skills in dance and singing, ready to be taken to the next level by experienced professionals with a background in the industry.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Career opportunities include:

  • Work in theatres across the country and abroad
  • Work on cruise ships or holiday resorts
  • Teaching

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 4/5 entry requirements including GCSE English at grade 4 (C); applicants should be aged 18 or over.

*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).

We welcome international applications and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications

Those who do not have English as their first language will need to provide NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points and will need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component(or equivalent).

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience through Accreditation of Prior Learning.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate a level of interest and/or experience in the subject.

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 are likely to be invited in for audition and interview before an offer is made. You will be asked to prepare a short piece for audition and be able to talk about your dance experience and ambitions.

Course fee information

The course fee is £6,000 per annum which can be paid through a Student Loan.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2016. The full details, including the fees for the 16/17 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2016. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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