Performing Arts
  • Location
    Northampton - Booth Lane
    22 September 2020 to 10 June 2022

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC

Qualifications on offer: Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Summary of course

The HNC (Year 1) and HND (Year 2) 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.

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All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

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 Higher National (Certificate & Diploma) Dance are 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 choreography, 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 in specialist Dance schools
  • Work on cruise ships or holiday resorts
  • Teaching Dance

Entry Requirements for new students

You will need 48 UCAS points equivalent to 2 A Levels at Grade D or above or a BTEC Level 3 Pass at Extended Diploma/Merit at Diploma or equivalent.

You will also need a GCSE at Grade C [4-5]or above in English.

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).

Applicants should be 18 or above.

We may also admit students on the strength of other qualifications or experience.

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

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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