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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 2 Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

This course offers you the opportunity to take the first steps in becoming a dance professional. This course is best for those who want a practical approach to learning. The main focus of the course is the practical skills of the dancer. Through regular classes, workshops and performances you will develop your skills while exploring a range of dance styles including Street, Jazz Contemporary and Ballet. You will also be given opportunities to include your own choreography into performance projects. You will get to take part in a minimum of two performances a year in addition to flash mobs and performances at award ceremonies. Alongside your practical classes you will take part in theory classes that will build on your learning where you will look at the history of dance and how a theatre comes to life during a performance.

Course content

In addition to you dance classes you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths qualifications, if you do not already hold a minimum GCSE grade C.

This course will enable you to progress to a higher level qualification such as the BTEC 90 Credit Diploma or Extended Diploma.

You will study a mix of practical and theoretical units. Working in the Performing Arts Industry, Professional Development in the Performing Arts Industry, Performing Arts Production Process, Contemporary Dance, Performing Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet, Urban Dance and Performance.

Why study here?

• Excellent teaching and support from staff.

• Various performance opportunities.

• Purpose built dance studios.

• Opportunities to take part in workshops and course related trips.

• Outstanding progression rates on to higher level courses.

Entry requirements

Students should have a GCSE in either English or Maths grade C or above.


At interview students will attend an hour long practical dance workshop where you will participate in Contemporary and Street Dance styles. You will not be required to make a solo dance. You will be given an opportunity to speak to the dance staff and to ask questions and will complete a short written task. You will need to bring suitable dance clothing (leggings and t-shirt), trainers or jazz boots, a pen and a drink of water.

Future opportunities

Next level of course? Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance or Musical Theatre.

Careers in Teaching – teaching in schools, colleges, training schools and universities, youth and community groups, as animateurs, outreach work with professional dance companies, prisons and residential homes,

Other dance related careers- dance therapist, administrator, publicists, agent, choreographer, artistic director, dance studio director

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The Arts Centre is located in Liverpool's Hope Street Quarter. This striking Georgian district stretches from the Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and includes a wealth of cultural venues including the Philharmonic Hall, both Unity and Everyman Theatres and some of the best hotels and restaurants the City has to offer. The Arts Centre is centrally located and is within a five-ten minute walk of Liverpool's bus and train stations.

      This campus has established itself as the leading arts teaching and learning institution on Merseyside, providing students with first class creative and digital facilities including specialist arts, drawing, painting and sculpting studios and technical facilities, state of the art design workshops, industry standard recording studios, premier dance and drama facilities, first-class photography work rooms and modern fashion and multimedia studios.

      The City of Liverpool College is a founder college of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and a lead provider of Fashion courses in the region.