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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

This course is suitable for students considering pathways into higher education in dance or employment in the industry. It has been designed as a full time two year programme and is equivalent to 3 A levels.
1 Years
Level 3

Course Overview

In the first year of the programme you will complete the BTEC 90 credit Diploma.  On successful completion of this first year you will ‘top-up’ by studying for additional units which will give you the full Extended Technical Diploma.   Equivalent to 3 A levels.

This course is suitable for students considering pathways into higher education in dance or employment in the industry. You will train in a broad range of dance practices and gain an insight into the world of dance. The course provides opportunities to develop skills in creativity and performance.   Throughout the course you will cover a number of modules, to develop both practical and theoretical skills.


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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)





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Course Modules

Modules studied may include: 

  • Performance Workshop                                  
  • Dance Performance
  • Performing to an Audience                        
  • Historical Context
  • Developing Classical Ballet Technique           
  • Developing Contemporary
  • Dance Technique
  • Jazz Dance    
  • Developing Choreographic Technique                                            


You will also work towards a Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve your employability.  

Ideal If:

you would like to pursue a career in Dance.

You'll Learn:

the essential skills through practical technique classes in urban dance,tap, jazz dance, classical ballet and contemporary dance. Leading to public performances throughout the course.

You'll Love:

having the opportunity to become a member of student company The Glass Umbrella Theatre Company and taking part in public performances in professional theatre environments including the schools very own theatre.

You'll Progress:

onto further study or into industry

You'll Need:

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts, and successful outcome at audition/interview


You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C in English or Maths or Computing. 

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

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