Students will study a range of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, physical theatre and street dance and will be given opportunities to take part in a variety of youth dance platforms and other College and external productions.
As a way of familarising students with the professional dance world, each year talented choreography students are invited to attend an inspiring mix of productions linked to their Dance syllabus. In the past, some students have been selected to participate in the Young Creatives Programme, in conjunction with Dance Digital and Youth Dance England.
The coursework is by log book, including written diaries, PowerPoint presentations, and video diaries.
This is a two year course leading to an Extended Certificate (one A Level equivalent).
Take a look at some students’ recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.
What goes well with this course?
- Art (Fine Art)
- Media Studies
- Film Studies
This course could lead to a degree in Performing Arts or Dance Theatre at a vocational college or university. Past students have attended The Laban Centre London; London Studio Centre; Laine’s Theatre Arts; Arts Educational; Royal Academy of Dance; London Contemporary Dance School; Performers College; Italia Conti; Bird College and Northern Contemporary. Universities include Chichester; Middlesex; Roehampton; Bath Spa; Surrey and Winchester. Students have also gone on to do an HNC or HND course in Dance, as well as Performing Arts Courses and Physical Theatre courses.
Several past students have already turned professional in either acting, dancing, modelling, singing or directing professions.
During the course students will produce three units of work in a chosen choreography style which could be; Commerical, Jazz or Contemporary. One unit will be in Contemporary Style including technique classes and solo assessment. The final first year unit will be a choreography showcase.
In addition students will produce:
- A showcase of work for the annual dance show
- A dance log book and video diary, plus evaluation and unit reviews
Dance students will be involved in the lively artistic life of the College, including the annual dance show, Hot Feet. Dance students are encouraged to contribute to other productions throughout the year, including tours to local schools. There are also many opportunities to take part in recreational dance as part of the Activities Programme, such as the Youth Dance Company, ‘Dare’ and the Level 2 Dance Leadership qualification.
In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
Dance students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:
- The College’s annual Hot Feet Dance Show
- A trip to see Diversity
- A trip to see James Cousins
- A trip to see Ballet Boyz
- A visit to the Royal Ballet School
- A Residency with Frantic Assembly, Raincrew, Sin Cru and Desire to Dance
- Move it Dance event
- A teaching practice scheme in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s Activities Programme.
All students need to gain an experience of the work place during their time at College and for students studying vocational courses it should ideally be linked to one of their subject areas.
This course is assessed via practical coursework involving a log book, written diaries, Powerpoint presentations and video diaries.
The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.
All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students will need to audition for this course and should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:
- Grade 4 in English Language
This course is suitable for students who have an interest and experience in the subject. The course requires imagination, sensitivity and the ability to get on with others. Students should have a mature and committed approach to studying this subject in-depth and be good at managing their own time.
Attending the Dance Workshop for Applicants in December is highly recommended although not compulsory.
How to Apply
Applications for entry September 2020
Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should complete an online application under the guidance of their school.
All other applicants should download and return the 2020 application form.
All applications will be considered according to the College’s Admissions Policy.
Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.