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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

This course will give you insight into the varied employment opportunities in the Dance industry. The course can be adapted to your interests, abilities and aspirations. There are compulsory units plus your choice of specialist units such as choreographic principles, jazz dance, contemporary dance and urban dance. Studying dance at Ricards Lodge is a remarkable experience. You will be fully supported through your course by excellent dance teachers who will help secure a high achievement rate at the end of the 2 years. At Ricards we are passionate about dance and will continually work to make your experience of dance as rewarding as possible. This is a two-year practical based course that focuses on technique, performance and choreography. You will also have the opportunity to perform in numerous productions throughout the two years. The course aims to prepare you with the skills needed to progress on to university or dance school in a range of dance disciplines. Previous experience of dance is required; however, formal training is not essential. Your skills will be assessed at the audition, so if you have drive and passion, a desire to develop your dance technique then we want to hear from you!

Course content

For the Subsidiary Diploma you must study two mandatory units and then six optional units. Across the 2 year course you will study the following styles of dance:

  •  Ballet/Modern
  •  Jazz/Musical Theatre
  •  Contemporary
  •  Urban/Commercial Dance

Entry requirements

GCSE in Dance at C or Merit profile at BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts (Dance or Musical Theatre). You should also have practical experience of live dance performance. Applicants for this course will be required to attend an aud ition as part of the interview process. Under exceptional circumstances students with high levels of extra-curricular dance performance experience will be considered for this course without formal dance qualifications. Evidence of this will be required at interview and entry to the course will be at the discretion of the Head of Dance following the audition.


You will complete 6 units over the 2 year course and all completed units are internally assessed at RR6 and graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. 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 on to the second year students must successfully complete all first year units.

Future opportunities

There is a wide variety of careers that can be explored including choreography, dance appreciation and dance technique. The Subsidiary Diploma is an ideal pathway to further study at higher education. The subsidiary diploma performing arts (dance) is a nationally recognized qualification and is designed to prepare you for a career in the performing arts industry. It offers progression on 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 students could progress onto include:

Bird College
London Studio Centre
Trinity Laban
Laine Theatre Arts
The Urdang Academy
Stella Mann College
Middlesex University
Chichester University
Roehampton University

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.