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 have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

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 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: £7,395 (The fee covers the full two-year course)


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