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    Performing Arts (Dance) (HND)

    Performing Arts (Dance) (HND) | Level 5 | P12770

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    August 2024

    Days and times

    Days & Times

    Wednesday - Friday



    2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This course is a stepping stone into employment, university or dance school. You will gain the skills and knowledge to become competent, confident and innovative in your approach to your chosen career path. As part of the course, you will become part of our in-house performance company, Fleet Street Studios, leading and managing all projects. 

      You will have the opportunity to take on performance roles in a variety of shows, including musicals, ballet, dance, music gigs, fashion shows and conferences. You will also have the chance to undertake work experience with reputable providers which will help you build up your industry contacts.

      We also work with professional performers and companies within the industry to provide excellent work experience and workshop opportunities for dancers and actors. These include Amy Dowden from Strictly Come Dancing, Vanhulle Dance Theatre, Ellis Theatre Arts, Flexus Dance Company, Imagine Ballet, Scare Acting, One Dance UK, National Brewery Centre, National Adventure Farm, Alton Towers, Derby Theatre and The Brewhouse.

      Please note: Specified course fee is per year.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info n/a Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £6000.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £6000.00 Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £6000.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £6000.00Course fee n/a Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £6000.00Course fee n/aExam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

      Email us:

      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have achieved at least 64 UCAS points from relevant A Level/s, Extended Diploma Level 3 or BTEC National Qualifications, or an NVQ/VRQ 3 in a relevant discipline.

      (or) If you already have relevant industry experience but no formal qualifications, your application will be welcome and considered based on your experience.

      Performing Arts (ONLY)
      All applicants will be invited to attend and participate in an on-campus workshop audition.

      Applicants’ performance at our workshop auditions will be strictly and impartially judged against an approved marking rubric by a panel of no fewer than two vocational specialists. Following the audition, all applicants will receive personalised feedback on the outcome of their audition. Should for any reason an applicant’s performance not meet the prerequisite performance standard, then upon request applicants will be permitted one additional audition attempt per academic year.

    • What modules will I study?
      • Choreography
      • Commercial Dance
      • Dance for Camera
      • Musical Theatre for Dancers
    • How will I be assessed?

      As part of your study programme, we will prepare you for the professional world by developing your industry knowledge and providing opportunities for you to perform in shows for assessment. You will also have the opportunity to perform on stage for the College at various locations.

      Practical assessments take place across the year through studio-based assignments and performance (on stage) assessments.

      All units are internally assessed and verified by Pearson Education.

      Units with theory elements require logbooks, evaluations, blogs, presentations or reports. 

    • What can I do next?

      Successful completion of this course will give you the opportunity to progress onto the BA (Hons) in Contemporary Creative Practice: Dance and Theatre Arts. You could also go on to pursue a career in your chosen field.

      Career options include, but are not limited to, actor/screen actor, choreographer, dancer, set designer, stage manager and entertainer.

      Previous students have gone on to study at the following vocational schools: Midlands Academy of Dance & Drama, Stella Mann College of Performing Arts, Bird College, Rose Bruford College, The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Urdang Academy and London Central School of Speech and Drama. We also have links and ties with agencies and talent scouts with opportunities to join their books and gain representatives within the industry.

    • Uniform

      As part of your course, you will be required to purchase an industry related uniform and/or kit. Please find details of industry related uniforms in the Student Life section of the website.

      If you live independently and are in receipt of certain means tested benefits in your own right or live in a low-income household, you may be eligible for one of our grants. To see a full detail of financial support and eligibility criteria, including financial support application forms please visit the financial support section of our website. Alternatively, please drop in to the Learner Services Hub to see the Financial Co-ordinator, who will be able to talk you through what financial support is available to help with purchasing the kit or uniform for your course. For more information on Financial Support, please contact our Financial Support Team on 01283 494757 or email

    • Industry Placement

      An industry placement is designed to give you a valuable opportunity to put your learning into practice, develop your technical skills and become job ready. As part of your programme, you will spend a minimum of 45 days with an external employer in a role directly relevant to your course. It’s a chance to you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside team members and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work. You’ll develop your technical skills, as well as your employability “soft skills” such as communicating, adapting to change, teamwork and problem solving. It’s a great opportunity to step outside your comfort zone, build confidence, gain industry contacts and help you decide your future steps. It may even lead to a job or apprenticeship opportunity at the end of the industry placement and upon completion of your course. Our Employment Hub works with over 500 local employers to ensure all students on full time study programmes have a high quality and meaningful work placement. So not only do you gain valuable work experience, it helps you decide on your future options, from choosing the right university course to finding the right employer. For more information on Industry Placements, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494805 or email

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    More information on Performing Arts

    When you enrol on one of our performing arts courses, you will develop your talents, gain confidence in performing and benefit from lecturers with industry links and experience. From a career in the limelight as an actor or dancer to a behind the scenes role as a set designer or stage manager, our courses will help you to stand out from the crowd.

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    Contact Details

    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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    Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

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