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Performing Arts (Dance) L3 Subsidiary Diploma at North Lindsey College

Course description

The Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts Dance is equivalent to 1 A Level and will be taught over one year. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to study various dance genres alongside an A Level course. Learners will develop technical skills and vocational skills for both the workplace and Higher Education, covering a range of units such as developing contemporary dance technique, classical dance technique, choreographic principles and performing to an audience.

This is a highly practical and creative course introducing students to the varied aspects of the performing arts industry including performance skills and creative work.

Course content

In the Level 3 (60 credit) Diploma in Performing Arts Dance you will study a range of practical and related theoretical units including:

- Developing Contemporary Dance Technique: Contemporary dance technique is essential for anyone intending to work in choreography and performance or wishing to progress to higher qualification levels. This unit will provide the building blocks of contemporary dance to ensure that the dancers understand how to use their physical skills to their full potential.

- Classical Dance Technique: Ballet is at the heart of many of the dance styles performed today. It can be classical or modern and is performed in a variety of contexts. This unit introduces the essentials of ballet technique, developing strength and suppleness and exploring how dancers move. Working in class will improve fitness levels and coordination so that learners can experiment with movement combinations and learn sequences of choreography.

- Choreographic Principles: Many dancers are also choreographers. This unit will equip learners with the tools to enable them to make dance for themselves and for other dancers. You will be encouraged to explore your creativity and experiment with a range of dance styles, techniques and movement vocabulary within a supportive framework.

- The Healthy Performer: The aim of this unit is enable learners to gain knowledge of the structure and function of the human body, focusing on the lifestyle and health of the performer.

Students who do not have GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above will be required to continue to study these subjects as part of their programme of study..

Entry requirements

- 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and Maths
- A suitable level of performance ability to be demonstrated at interview
- A satisfactory reference
- Learners who have successfully achieved a First Diploma qualification and met their personal targets are also eligible for the course


Your progress will be measured in a number of ways including practical projects, written assignments and internal assessment throughout the course. You will receive both verbal and written feedback for assignments and projects along with grading of your work. Assessment is monitored by an internal verifier and you may be required to submit work to an external verifier from the examining body. Maths and English and A Levels will be assessed by an examination.

Future opportunities

Learners who successfully complete the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma are eligible to apply for the Level 3 Diploma which will require an additional year of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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