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Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Diploma


Thank you for your interest in studying Dance at RuTC this September


This is a practical based BTEC course that allows you to develop technique, performance and choreographic skills and focuses on contemporary and jazz techniques. In your first year you will participate in urban dance and create pieces for performance and participate in two dance shows. In the second year you will also study musical theatre performance. You will watch live dance performances and have the opportunity to join extra-curricular activities such as the New York experience. If you have a drive and passion for dance then this is the course for you!


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Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).


Exam Board: University of the Arts London (UAL)



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    Studying dance at Richmond upon Thames College is a remarkable experience. You will not only be fully supported during your course by our excellent dance teachers, you will be on a course which has an outstanding achievement rate. At RuTC we are passionate about dance and continually work to make your experience of dance as rewarding as possible. As well as three fully equipped dance studios, you will be given the opportunity to perform in our 200 seat theatre as well as performing at other venues. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse student experience.

    This is a practical based course that focuses on technique, performance and choreography. The first year of the course focuses on contemporary and jazz dance technique, you will also participate in Urban Dance taught by a professional dance artist. As part of the subsidiary diploma you will also study musical theatre performance.

    You will have the opportunity to work alongside other BTEC dance students and perform in the at least two shows a year.

  • How is the course assessed?

    The courses consist of 8 units over two years. These are continually assessed through regular assignments and practical projects. Assignments may range from accessed rehearsals or performances to project-based written work.

    The certificate attracts the same UCAS points as one AS level, whilst the subsidiary diploma attracts the same UCAS points as one A level.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Students can tailor their programme to best suit their individual interests and progression routes.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    Previous experience of dance is required, however formal training is not essential. Your skills will be assessed at the audition, so if you have drive and passion, a desire to develop your dance technique then we want to hear from you!

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need the appropriate qualifications for your AS/A Level programme and GCSE dance at grade C if taken. Otherwise you will need some dance experience.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The performing arts (dance) certificate/subsidiary diploma is a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to give students a formal qualification in dance to supplement outside dance activities. The subject (with other level 3 qualifications) would help to support your entry for performing arts courses at university or be a valuable qualification when applying for a technical dance school.

    Some of the dance schools and universities that past RuTC students have progressed onto include:

    • The Urdang Academy
    • London Studio Centre
    • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
    • Bedford University
    • Chichester University
    • Middlesex University
    • Roehampton University
  • Are there any costs involved?

    You will be required to pay £100 for visits to the theatre and professional workshops.

To Apply or Enquire

If you are interested in applying please fill out an application form. If you require more information please do not hesitate in sending us your queries via our enquiry form. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.

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