Dance Extended Diploma

Performing Arts National Extended Diploma - Edexcel

Level 3

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at students who want to continue their learning via the creative world of dance. The nature of the course demands total commitment and high levels of energy from students. Full-scale productions are staged. This two-year full-time course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and offers the opportunity to cover the practical as well as the theoretical areas of dance. If you are passionate about the arts and enjoy dance, performing and music then this could be the course for you.

Formal Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C and above, including English, and/or a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.

What does the course involve?

You need to complete 18 units to pass this course successfully. The course recognises the skills, knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts sector. You should also enjoy working closely with other students in groups as well as on your own initiative, be willing to experiment and explore new topics and have a passion for performance. Examples of units you may study on the course include: Performing Arts Business, Performing to an Audience, Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Urban Dance. Functional skills will also form an important part of your course. They are the skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life. When you start the course, your tutor will discuss which functional skills are the most appropriate for you.

Enrichment activities

Students have opportunities to see professional performances in the West End as well as locally. You also have opportunity to engage with community and local authority organisations, and take part in projects/ workshops with Dance Xchange and Wolverhampton University. Students are taken to the ‘Move it’ exhibition each year in London to participate in dance workshops, visit Higher Education representatives and discover professional development within the dance industry. We are proud to the FE base of the Black Country Dance Hub.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework, practical work and assessment. Learning methods include practical dance technique workshops; dance performances; private study; tutorials, theatre visits and theory work.

Where can I go next?

Many students have university or dance school as a target at the end of their studies. Many students have higher education or drama school as a target at the end of their studies. Recent Performing Arts students have gone on to degree level courses across the country, including at Urdang Academy, University of East London and MADD.