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    Performing Arts (Dance)

    Performing Arts (Dance) | Level 3 | P12315

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1 or 2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This is a two year study programme which is equivalent to 3 A Levels, however a one year option is also available which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Both programme years will accrue UCAS points should your chosen progression route be a UK university.

      If you are unsure which option is right for you, this can be discussed with the Course Leader during your recruitment interview or alternatively with our professionally qualified Careers Guidance Team. To speak to our Careers Guidance Team about your course choices, career aspirations, employment goals or university options, then please drop in to the Learner Hub,  call us on 01283 494473/494474 or email us at   

      This course will improve your dance technique and knowledge within many different genres, including contemporary, ballet, jazz and urban dance. 

      You will be prepared for higher education at either university or vocational dance school. Theory based units exploring the dance industry will underpin your practical units and give you the knowledge to explore choreography. 

      You will also have the opportunity to perform and complete work experience in a professional environment.

      We 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.

    • 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 FREE Course fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £7395.00Course fee £195.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £7395.00 Course fee £195.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £7395.00Course fee £195.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £7395.00Course fee £195.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £7395.00Course fee £195.00Exam & 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 a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including either English or maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths

      (or) An equivalent occupational experience including level 2 or equivalent in English or maths

      Performing Arts
      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
      • Dance performance
      • Performing arts in the community
      • Performing to an audience
    • How will I be assessed?

      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?

      Upon completion of the course, you can enter the industry at a junior level or continue into higher education or vocational college to study dance. You also have the opportunity to apply for one of our HNC qualifications in dance. 

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

    • English & Maths

      Being confident with maths and English is not only important for everyday life but it’s expected as standard in the world of work. We’re committed to ensuring our learners have the full range of skills that universities and employers are looking for. If you haven’t yet achieved grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths and are aged between 16-18 years, you will continue to study these by undertaking a GCSE re-sit programme or appropriate stepping stone qualifications in addition to your vocational learning programme.

    • 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

    • Work Experience

      We believe that the best way to get a real sense of your chosen industry is to try it out for yourself! That’s why all of our full time study programme courses include relevant industry work experience. It shows future employers you’ve got what it takes and are motivated to succeed. Not only does it look good on your CV, but it’s an opportunity to build up your confidence and industry contacts. 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. Work experience is 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. It’s designed to bridge the gap between your education and the world of work. It can help you to become aware of jobs you have not previously thought of, inform your career choices, develop your skills and help you gain the attitudes and behaviours expected at work. For more information on Work Experience, please contact our Employment Hub on 01283 494599 or email

    Apply now!
    Jordan Connolly, Performing Arts Level 3

    “It’s great studying a subject I love! The atmosphere at BSDC is welcoming and relaxed, and it’s great to be an adult learner here. I’ve worked my way up and I’m now looking forward to a career in Performing Arts

    Jordan Connolly, Performing Arts Level 3

    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

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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