Level 3 Extended Diploma Performing Arts (Dance)

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
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Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3697 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This exciting course will help you to develop the skills and knowledge to embark on a career as a dancer.

You will study the historical context of performance as well as practical units that include rehearsing for and performing in shows. You will participate in workshops with industry professionals and will learn about the performing arts business. This course also includes units such as choreographing dance, contemporary dance, urban dance and movement skills.
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The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career within the sector. This practical nature of the qualification will allow you to develop technical and practical performance skills, including choreography and analytical skills.

You will develop enhanced employability skills through work placement and experience working with industry professionals. You will perform in a professional working theatre, take part in workshops delivered by current industry relevant practitioners, and visit the theatre. As part of the course, you will practice your independent research skills. You will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours a week doing research for projects.


  • Investigating Practitioners Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Final Live Performance to an Audience
  • Employment opportunities in the Performing Arts.

You will also have the opportunity to study tap, ballet, singing and contemporary dance.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will take part in practical and theoretical sessions, as well as organising time for independent study. You will also receive regular one-to-one sessions with your tutor, to ensure you are working on target.

You will have access to a Personal Learning Coach (PLC) who can offer support if you feel you need help with writing or time management skills.

Assessments are marked internally and will offer you valuable feedback. You will have the opportunity to discuss assessments on a termly basis with your tutor.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

We often have industry relevant practitioners attend the College, to deliver engaging workshops, including:
  • The Young Americans
  • West End Choreographer - Lee Proud
  • Physical Theatre Company - Frantic Assembly.


You will complete a meaningful 60 hour work placement during your first and second year of study. It is expected that you source a placement that you feel is suited to your progression.

You could progress to university or performing arts school, or take your first steps towards your dream career.

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Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

Ballet attire:
  • Female - Tights, leotard and shoes £20-£40.
  • Male - tights, vest, socks and shoes £20-£40.

Dance Attire:
  • Female - Black leotard/dance bra, tights/leggings, shoes (optional) £20-£40.
  • Male - Black shorts/leggings, Vest/T-shirt, shoes (optional) £20-£40.

Tap shoes £10- £60.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will demonstrate your technical abilities in a range of skills. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet your tutor and take a tour of the facilities.

You will be expected to prepare and perform a solo dance which should last between one and one and a half minutes. You will perform this during your one-to-one interview.

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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.

This course is accessible to applicants of all ages who possess suitable experience and ability.