This course will stretch, challenge and engage all those with a passion for dance. 

You will explore a wide range of dance styles such as urban, contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, international and many more. You will also learn how to develop techniques and transferable skills such as flexibility, team work, coordination, musicality, use of relationships, actions, dynamics and space in choreography.

You will investigate and develop knowledge of the work of key dance practitioners / choreographers, which will inform your work and help develop research, critical analysis and extended writing skills. These include Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce and Bob Fosse. 

Explore and develop technical performance skills in a range of styles leading to numerous practical performance opportunities in our well-equipped performance spaces. You will collaborate with others to create devised performance work using all your skills and techniques as well as taking part in technique classes and teacher / professional workshops and learning professional dance repertoire. 

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Dance OR Merit in BTC Level 2 Dance

What will I study?

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in Live Performance
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
  • Unit 22: Movement in Performance


  • Unit 4: Performance in the Community
  • Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission
  • Unit 6: Performing to Live Audience
  • Unit 27: Musical Theatre Techniques or Unit 19 Acting Techniques 

In addition to EC units

Extended Diploma

  • Unit 7: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
  • Unit decided based on the learners

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of internally and externally assessed units.

Approximately 60% are externally marked.

What else can I get involved in?

For information on all our enrichment opportunities, please see our enrichment programme here.

Studying subjects together?

Diploma: Acting & Dance/Dance & Musical Theatre/Acting & Musical Theatre

Equivalent to two A Levels, this course will allow you to deepen your Performing Arts knowledge base and skills even further.

Whilst covering the content of our Extended Certificate course, you will gain the specialist knowledge and practical experience of two performing arts disciplines in combination.

You will have the opportunity to explore performance in the community by applying specialist skills and techniques to a community performance project. You will undertake an individual performance project responding to a special commission and developing an exciting piece of individual performance work in response to your brief. You will put all your skills together in a final large scale group performance to an invited audience in the Fells Theatre, our largest and most well-equipped performance space.

Extended Diploma: Performance (Acting, Dance & Musical Theatre)

This course is equivalent to three A Levels and is perfect if you wish to fully commit to a career in the performing arts industry.

You will cover all the content of the Extended Certificate and Diploma course, developing your skills in all three disciplines of performance – acting, dance and musical theatre. You will develop your skills in all three areas and have many varied opportunities to perform throughout the duration of the course; working on scripts, devising pieces and putting on full scale exciting musical theatre productions in our Fells Theatre in front of an audience. As a committed performing arts practitioner you will also be equipped with the knowledge of how the performing arts industry works, how organisations function and how to promote yourself to potential employers.

Our Extended Diploma course will also offer you the widest choice of additional units to develop more specialist skills.

Further Education and Careers in Dance

Courses you could study at university include:

  • Dance
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media Studies
  • Music
  • Sports Science

Careers which require a Dance qualification include:

  • Arts Administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapist
  • Dancer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Theatre Director
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Independent Learning

If you would like to further your knowledge, you can access independent learning work here:

Preparation Work

You need to complete these tasks over Summer to prepare you for your studies.


Our previous students have progressed to further study at various Performing Arts schools, universities and conservatoires around the world, before starting a career in the industry. 

See below for examples of where our students have studied and where they have appeared!

Game of Thrones Laine Jamie Jersey Boys Mountview Ackley Bridge Peel Fiver Northern Ballet Arden Rose Bruford College Yank SLP College Emmerdale Rent Bird College Northern School of Contemporary Dance Leeds Conservatoire Rock and Chips Institute Arts Butlin PO Cruises