BTEC Extended Diploma , Level 3
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What Our Students Say

“I think it’s the fact of being able to progress your creativity and be able to work on very new ideas – so whether if you’re going to do like a music video, a documentary, a short film, those sort of like projects where you just get something new, something you haven’t even done before, um it helps to expand your mind into something completely different and work into something that’s not the same thing as you’ve done before.”

Scott, Creative Media

“You get so much experience, like you’re not just doing one side of journalism you’re doing all different things – so one day you’ll be doing some magazines and then the next you’ll be filming in the TV studio so it’s just great to get to experience all kinds of journalism so then you get to decide which part you want to go into.”

Alannah, Creative Media

“The equipment is equipment that I’ve never actually used before coming to college and you know I had to learn about it, but when I did actually learn about it and get to grips with it a bit it really helped me be able to create new sounds on my instruments and stuff like that, and be able to kind of work with them a bit instead of just using old 2001 amps from my old school, so it was pretty nice to be able to use actually new modern equipment.”

Tom, Music Performance

Did you know!

  • We have exciting industry links that work with you throughout your course. We have previously worked with Phoenix Dance Theatre, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Northern Ballet, ZooNation, RJC Dance, DAZL, KickOff Boys Project.
  • We provide full-time arts education to over 1,000 students every year, from level 1 through to BA Honours degrees. If you are successful in gaining a place on one of our specialist courses, we will work with you to develop your creative skills and prepare you for the next big step – either to university, drama school, art college or the world of work.

Course Information


Step up your skills with our practical programme. You will explore a variety of dance styles including contemporary, urban, jazz, ballet and Musical Theatre. Enhance your choreography skills performing in-house and touring locally. Understand the Performing Arts Industry by working with industry professionals and creating material for your next steps. You’ll also work on a large-scale production alongside the Acting, Musical Theatre and Theatre Design and Production students.

Contact details: Jayne Exton

Performing Arts


Who is this course for?

This course is designed to take determined dancers and give them the skills, experience and confidence to succeed in a highly competitive industry. We focus on the whole dancer, ensuring that practical ability is matched with personal wellbeing, choreographic flair and collaborative practice. Our dancers progress on to leading dance schools and universities such as Shockout, Bird, NSCD, Dance City, LMA and Irie.

Course units/modules

Year 1 :

  • C7 Exploring Performance Styles
  • C8 Creating Performance Material
  • C9 Performing as a Dancer as Part of an Ensemble
  • F16 Planning a Career in the Industry

Year 2 :

  • G17 Using Development Plans to Refine Skills
  • G18 Producing a Personal Project
  • G19 Using Material for Self-promotion and Networking
  • H20 Undertaking a Defined Creative or Administrative Role
  • H21 Using Creative Collaboration to Develop a Project
  • H22 Producing a Collaborative Project

Benefits and skills

  • Develop the skills and techniques needed for performance in a variety of styles.
  • Choreograph and perform in a range settings.
  • Gain an understanding of performing arts in the local community.
  • Learn about the Performing Arts Industry.
  • Self-promotion and networking including producing a personal project.
  • Create and perform in a Collaborative Performing Arts Production.
  • Links with professional companies leading to performance opportunities.
  • Explosive – Urban Crew performing at local and national events.
  • Trips and visits to see live dance.
  • Entry requirements

    Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English.

    Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

    Progression may include degree level study or relevant employment

    Course details


    1 year Diploma

    1 year Top-up Extended Diploma

    Start Date: 09/09/2024
    Fees (16-18): No fee
    Study Type: Full time
    Course Code: 73860-01
    Fees (Adult): £2,730 plus exam fee of £152

    Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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