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Dance BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

The BTEC dance course offers 17 subjects, most of which are purely practical. You will learn skills in contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap and choreography to name but a few! Your course consists of 14.5 hours over 4 days.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of five GCSEs including English at grade C or above or, a Merit grade from a Dance Level 2 Diploma plus English GCSE at grade C or above.

Some dance experience is essential before starting the course. All students are auditioned to ensure the course will meet their needs.

Course Content

You will perform in 3 public shows per year in our College Theatre, participate in workshops from professional dance companies, attend educational theatre visits and choreograph and perform in South Downs College’s Rock Challenge!

Will I need any extra equipment?

Equipment Costs

£40 per year to pay for a professional dance workshop and professional dance shows, including transportation.


You will need ballet shoes, pink tights, a black leotard, black leggings or dance trousers and tap shoes.

What qualifications will I get?

The Extended Diploma (Level 3) is a full time course (180 credits) and after two years students will achieve the equivalent of 3 A levels. The course is recognised by all universities and vocational training centres.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Many of our students go on to professional dance schools such as Bird, The Place, Laban, Performers and London Studio Centre. Many others go on to study at a university such as Middlesex, Winchester, Chichester, Surrey or East London College. If you’re not sure about higher education the Advice and Guidance team at our college will help you create an awesome C.V to help you find employment.

Wall of fame.

Chloe Crawford auditioned for cruise ships straight after her course and has been dancing successfully ever since! Travelling the world in top cabaret and aerial shows.

Adam Rutherford went on to Laban before working with Matthew Bourne in Swan Lake, Adam also danced for Hofesh Schecter and 2 faced Dance Company.

Naomi Tadevossian graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ and now dances professionally with The National Dance Company Wales, currently touring Europe and India.

Zoie Golding went straight into setting up her own all male dance company ‘Fuzzy Logic’, creating ground breaking professional contemporary dance work performing in the UK as well as abroad. Zoie is also the producer of the UK Rock Challenge.

Course Information

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and assessment fees. If you are in receipt of an income based benefit please ask about financial assistance, which may be available.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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