Level 5 HND in Dance (Performing Arts)

Level 5 HND in Dance (Performing Arts)

Level 5 HND in Dance (Performing Arts)

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The level 5 HND in Dance (Performing Arts) is aimed at combining creative and professional units to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the performing arts. You will be tutored by teachers and practitioners working in the field with experience and knowledge across the industry.

The College maintains strong links with local theatres, arts centres and dance companies offering workshops and performance opportunities in partnership with these organisations. Additionally, guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds are also invited to give you a valuable insight into real, professional and creative dance practice.

Course structure

The course has been developed in order to cover a broad range of skills and develop your understanding of contemporary dance practice.

In your first year you will study units that will develop a solid grounding in dance technique and performance.

You will also study choreography and improvisation, giving you the opportunity to create your own work and perform in an array of different locations.

In the second year, units will give you the opportunity to solidify your creative and professional practice.

You will have opportunities to work on site specific performance and dance for camera projects. Additionally, you will develop skills and knowledge related to dance within education and gain opportunities to gain valuable experience leading workshops within educational settings.  Alongside these specialist units you will also undertake units such as Creative Arts Research Skills and Creative Arts Professional Practice which are aimed at ensuring you have a strong understanding of the industry and how to find work.

The course also includes work experience placements as well as numerous theatre visits and a residential trip.

First year units you will study are:

  • Performing Arts Industry
  • Professional Development
  • Jazz Dance 1
  • Commercial Dance 1
  • Ballet Dance 1
  • Contemporary Dance 1
  • Choreography
  • Dance for Camera

Second year units you will study are:

  • Creative Research Project (Pearson-Set)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry
  • Jazz Dance 2
  • Commercial Dance
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Choreography 2
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques

Plus other specialist/optional units to be agreed.

Five GCSEs at Grade 4/C or above including English, and at least one of the following:

  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equating to a minimum of 80 UCAS points)
  • A Levels including Performing Arts or Dance (min grade 4/C) equating to a minimum of 80 UCAS points

You will also need to present two strong audition pieces demonstrating performance capabilities.

Course fees: £5,225 per year

The decisions on applications for HE candidates are made by curriculum staff after interview, audition or portfolio review have taken place.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years 


UCAS code:

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Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 5

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Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

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