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Performing Arts (Dance)

Course Code: UF9003, UF9014

Level: 4
Subject area: Performing Arts & Live Events
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year (HNC), two years (HND)

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About the course

This exciting dance programme is designed for those who are looking to develop their skills within a professional environment, and to purse a dance-related career. You will study a variety of genres, including contemporary dance, classical ballet and jazz, as well as enhancing your choreography skills by creating and devising performance work. You will have the opportunity to be involved with numerous exciting performances and to perform with professional dance companies.

What you'll learn

This course will include the following subjects:

  • classical ballet background and technique
  • commercial dance
  • contemporary dance techniques
  • contemporary dance performance
  • dance practices in the community
  • jazz dance technique and performance
  • creative research skills
  • creative arts professional practice.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have one or more of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • successful completion of a National Diploma, Subsidiary or Extended Diploma in Performing Arts/Dance
  • two A Levels in a relevant subject.

If you have been out of education for a few years but have the relevant vocational experience in dance and/or performing arts, accreditation of prior experience will be considered.

You will be required to prepare a one minute solo in a dance genre of your choosing.


All units are assessed via practical assessments and coursework, which will include written submissions, presentations and video/audio assessments.

What's next?

The HNC is a perfect springboard to studying a dance degree either at a top university or with a vocational dance school. It is also perfect for dancers that are taking a gap year before going away to further their dance studies. Completion of the HNC will also provide numerous exciting employment opportunities.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.