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Contemporary Dance (Foundation Course) at Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Course description

NSCD’s Foundation Course (FCCD) is recognised nationally for laying down the groundwork for further in-depth professional training. It provides an insight into the three year full-time training and has an excellent record for helping students to access conservatoires and Higher Education. Analysis of statistics for the academic year 2013/14 show that 87% of course completers went to further dance training in Higher Education. Students have also gone on to study sports science and physiotherapy, and to train in other countries.

This full- time one year course includes units of study in contemporary dance techniques, ballet for contemporary dancers, embodied practice, fundamentals of choreography and creative practice, performance practice, dance in education and contextualising contemporary dance. Performance opportunities take place during the second and third terms of the academic year. Students also have the chance to take part in the Dance in Education Project at the Riley Theatre and to participate in workshops in a community setting. We hold a final showcase of both professional and student choreographic/creative work in the end of year performances, once again held at the Riley Theatre.

Former students have continued their dance training following successful audition at NSCD, London Contemporary Dance School, Trinity Laban, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre and at a number of universities offering dance degrees.

Students selected for the FCCD come from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. This climate provides for a multi-cultural learning environment that fosters a rich educational experience for students.

Course content

Students successfully completing all course units will be awarded the Access to Higher Education Diploma: Contemporary Dance. This is a Level 3 Qualification on the UK’s National Qualifications Framework, and is validated by Certa, a national Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual. Please note, this course is not to be confused with the Foundation Degree courses offered by some institutions.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully gained a minimum of four GCSE’s (including English Language) at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications.

Places are offered to candidates demonstrating the greatest potential to benefit from the course regardless of their previous dance experience.


Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma: Contemporary Dance
Validated by: CERTA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northern School of Contemporary Dance directly.

Last updated date: 16 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year