DanceVocational • Level 3
About the course
Through the study of dance you will develop your dance technique and performance skills in a wide range of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Urban, Tap and Jazz Dance. You will develop your creative skills through the study and process of choreography whilst exploring the work of a wide range of practitioners and professional companies. You will also study anatomy and physiology and develop your physical skills through a training programme to prepare you for the industry. You will develop the necessary knowledge of the industry and the employment opportunities available within it in your second year preparing you for university, dance school and the industry. Students will experience working in a similar way to a professional dance company and will learn to follow company schedules, attend regular technique classes, demonstrate professional conduct and develop their audition and performance skills. Theory work on researching, reflecting, evaluating and analysing underpins the practical sessions. There are multiple opportunities to showcase performance work to public audiences including our annual Dance Showcase, Musical Theatre production, community performance and schools tours.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects including English Language or Mathematics. If Dance or Expressive Arts is taken at GCSE then a Grade 5 is required OR if a relevant Level 2 Diploma is taken then a minimum of a Merit grade is required. We also require students to have already completed at least three years of previous dance experience in any style.
All units are internally assessed and consider: application of knowledge and understanding, the development of practical and technical skills, professional discipline throughout rehearsal and performance processes and creative input. This can be assessed individually and through group work both practical and written. Assessment will take place through recordings of rehearsals and final performances, written coursework, research and evaluative assignments. Grades for each unit can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction.
Careers & Progression
Dance courses at university or dance school in subjects such as Performance, Choreography, Teaching or Movement Therapy. It could also lead to a wide range of careers within the industry including Theatre, TV and Film, Cruise Ship and Holiday Resort entertainment and the Leisure and Fitness Industry.
Extra curricular activities
There are plenty of activities and visits to take part in that will help you achieve your ambitions. Past visits have included: Theatre trips to London's West End, Move It Festival, theatre trips to The Lowry, Manchester, community projects and visits to local touring theatre companies. Extra-curricular activities include Dance Academy and Musical Theatre Academy. You will also benefit from a wide range of guest speakers to enrich the curriculum.