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Dance - UAL Level 3 at West Thames College

Course description

This highly practical two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will give you a broad foundation in dance. It makes use of the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and focuses on styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz and street dance. There will also 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.

Course content

The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of dance styles, leading to a series of production projects in the drama studio and at external venues. You will usually be in a class of 16-20 students and will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. In the second year you will produce a final major project.

You will study:

  • Contemporary dance techniques (Release, Limon, Cunningham-based, Graham-based)
  • Jazz dance
  • Urban dance styles
  • Performance workshop
  • Dance in context
  • Choreographic principles
  • Health and body maintenance
  • Rehearsing
  • Dance performance
  • Safe practice
  • Theoretical, social, historical and administrative aspects of dance.

At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

You will use the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course. In the second year you will receive guidance for applications to university.

There will be visits to a variety of performance venues as part of this course and you will perform throughout the year in our Endeavour Theatre and during Creative Arts Week.

Entry requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. There will be an audition as part of your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


We encourage your active involvement in the assessment process, which is continuous throughout the year and culminates in a final major project. Reports on your progress will be prepared twice a year.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18 years.

Future opportunities

You can go on to an HND in Dance at West Thames College, a BA (Hons) degree at university or find employment in the dance or related disciplines.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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