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

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Dance is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will be taught over two years. This qualification gives learners the opportunity to study various dance genres within a broad curriculum alongside A Levels. 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

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is an 18 unit qualification. There will be intensive workshops on a range of performance subjects. You will study the craft of choreography and physical theatre in relation to your production projects and performances. You will also cover the theoretical, social, historical and administrative side of dance. 

In the Level 3 Extended 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 and 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 at grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to continue to study these subjects.

Entry requirements

- 5 GCSE at grades A*-C including English and Maths or
- Level 3 (90 Credit) Diploma in Performing Arts where personal targets have been met or 
- Level 2 Diploma where personal targets have been met
- A satisfactory reference
- Potential students will be required to demonstrate their dance ability to a satisfactory standard at audition


Your progress will be measured in a number of ways including practical projects, written assignments and internal assessment throughout the course. You will receive information about this through verbal feedback and written feedback from an assignment or project, and grading of your work. There are no exams and assessment is continual, however you may be expected to present work to an external verifier from the examining body. 
Functional skills and GCSEs are assessed with an examination.

Future opportunities

The course structure is designed to provide learners with stepping stones towards a degree, foundation degree or Higher National Diploma courses depending on the level of qualification gained. Students may also wish to progress to specialist dance schools.

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

Key information

  • Start date: Next September