Dance Level 3

The course has a strong emphasis on practical dance techniques. You will participate in a variety of dance units covering techniques that will include jazz, tap, contemporary, urban and ballet. Much of the work undertaken will be continually assessed to monitor progress. The skills developed in the individual units will be brought together in performances including our annual dance evening.

It is suited to learners who are committed to going into the performing arts and who appreciate the need for both the practical and academic skills to survive the rigours of the performing arts industry.

– Clacton Coastal Academy Year 11 Performing Arts Students

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

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What Will I Learn?

Extensive practical work is undertaken and is combined with relevant theory and academic inquiry. You will need to analyse practical work in written evaluations and to write essays on texts and practitioners as required. There are a variety of modes of delivery including workshops, lectures, performances, tutorials, seminars and traditional classroom activities. In addition to your main programme, you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

You will complete the Dance Level 3 Diploma in your first year and continue to the Extended Diploma in your second year.

Course Content

Dance Level 3 Extended Diploma  – Course Content

  • Physical Theatre
  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Performing Dance
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Urban
  • Tap
  • Rehearsing and Performing
Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs (9-4) including English, or satisfactory results (Merit/Distinction) in a relevant Level 2 qualification, and an interview/audition.

Career Opportunities

The course prepares you for work in the performing arts industry. It might lead to work as a performer as well as jobs related to performance such as arts administration, teaching or choreography.

Course Progression

The course prepares you for entry to higher education courses in dance or musical theatre such as the Foundation Degree in Musical Theatre or BA (Hons) in Musical Theatre at Colchester Institute.

Learners have gone on to study at London Studio Centre, Urdang Academy, MADD – Midlands Academy of Dance and Drama, Bird College and Trinity Laban

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Dance Level 3
Qualification: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma In Performing and Production Arts
LevelLevel 3
DurationTwo years
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (The fee covers the full two-year course)


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