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Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Extended Diploma at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

Dance transforms images, ideas and feelings into sequences of movement. It allows people to discover, explore and develop their movement vocabulary and create dynamic movement material.

Course content

Studying dance at Richmond upon Thames College is a remarkable experience. You will not only be fully supported during your course by our excellent dance teachers, you will be on a course which has an outstanding achievement rate. At RuTC we are passionate about dance and continually work to make your experience of dance as rewarding as possible. As well as three fully equipped dance studios, you will be given the opportunity to perform in our 200 seat theatre as well as performing at other venues. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse student experience.


This is a two-year practical based course that focuses on technique, performance and choreography. It aims to prepare you with the skills needed to progress to university or dance school in a range of dance disciplines. You will study the following styles of dance:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre
  • Contemporary
  • Urban
  • Tap

You will have the opportunity to perform in at least three productions over the two years and participate in the Ignite Dance Platform.


As part of the course you will also study business, historical context, dance fitness and anatomy.

Entry requirements

You will need:

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C , including English and dance at grade C


a Level 2 diploma at distinction/merit plus English GCSE at grade C


GCSE dance is not essential, however, previous dance experience is required.


You will be invited to attend an interview and audition.


This course consists of 12 units over two years. These are continually assessed through regular assignments and practical projects. Assignments may range from assessed rehearsals or performances to project based written work. To progress to the second year students must successfully complete all first year units.


The extended diploma attracts the same UCAS points as three AS/A2 Levels.

Financial information

We ask for a £100 studio fee for each year of the course. The money will pay for visits to the theatre and professional workshops.

Future opportunities

The extended diploma performing arts (dance) is a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to prepare you for a career in the performing arts industry. It offers progression to university or dance school. The course also provides you with a background for arts administration or community based project roles.


Some of the dance schools and universities that past RuTC students have progressed to include:

  • Bird College
  • LIPA
  • London Studio Centre
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Millennium Performing Arts
  • Stella Mann College
  • The Urdang Academy
  • Chichester University
  • Middlesex University
  • Roehampton University

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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