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Course Code: DAN2
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Extended Diploma
  • Awarding body: Pearson
  • Duration: One - two years
  • Course type: Full-time
  • Time of day: Daytime

What's it all about?

Do you want to become a professional dancer, choreographer, or dance teacher? The Extended Diploma in Dance at City College Plymouth could help you achieve just that!

This exciting dance course is for passionate and ambitious students who want to make their dream dance career a reality. You’ll develop your dance skills in a wide range of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dancing. You will be devising your own work and performing to audiences from inside and outside of the College environment. The College’s vibrant arts, media and production department has a full programme of professionally directed events that you will also be involved in as a performer.

This one to two-year course is made from bite-sized chunks that each gives you a recognised qualification. If you complete all the units of the two-year programme then you will have a qualification equivalent to three A Levels – so you can progress to study our very own dance degree, or perhaps study a dance degree with a conservatoire or university.

Course information

You will study a range of subjects including:

  • ballet
  • contemporary dance
  • jazz dance
  • tap dance
  • choreography
  • performance
  • being a fit and healthy performer.

Your individualised study programme will be made up of the following four areas:

  • the qualification you are studying
  • English and maths
  • work experience
  • other activities to develop your personal skills e.g. preparing you for employment, training or higher/further education.

GCSE English and maths at grades 9-4 (A* to C) is preferred, but these can studied alongside your dance programme if you do not hold these qualifications. Relevant dance experience will also be considered as part of your application.

There are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout each stage. This will include projects, ongoing work, practice routines, tests and evaluation. Functional skills, or GCSE English/maths, will also be assessed if appropriate.

On successful completion you may progress to:

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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Future careers

What you could earn:

Dancers and Choreographers


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