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Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3

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

Dance transforms images, ideas and feelings into sequences of movement. It allows people to discover, explore and develop their movement vocabulary and create dynamic movement material.

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 a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.

  • 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 two-year practical based course that focuses on technique, performance and choreography. It aims to prepare you with the skills needed to progress to university or dance school in a range of dance disciplines. You will study the following styles of dance:

    • Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Musical Theatre
    • Contemporary
    • Urban
    • Tap

    You will have the opportunity to perform in at least three productions over the two years and participate in the Ignite Dance Platform.

    As part of the course you will also study business, historical context, dance fitness and anatomy.

  • How is the course assessed?

    This course consists of 12 units over two years. These are continually assessed through regular assignments and practical projects. Assignments may range from assessed rehearsals or performances to project based written work. To progress to the second year students must successfully complete all first year units.

    The qualification attracts the same UCAS points as three A Levels.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    You will be offered the opportunity to take an A Level subject alongside your Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 qualification providing you have sufficient GCSE points. Subjects which are popular with dance students include theatre studies, English, photography and business. There are many other A Level courses offered at the college. You can discuss any additional subject you would like to study during the interview stage.

  • 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 and a desire to develop your dance technique then we want to hear from you!

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need:

    Minimum Requirements - 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English and Dance at grade 4


    Level 2 Diploma at Distinction/Merit plus GCSE English at grade 4.

    GCSE dance is not essential, however, previous dance experience is required.

    You will be invited to attend an interview and audition.

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

    The Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 course is a nationally recognised qualification and is designed to prepare you for a career in the performing arts industry. It offers progression to university or dance school. The course also provides you with a background for arts administration or community based project roles.

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

    • Bird College
    • LIPA
    • London Studio Centre
    • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
    • Millennium Performing Arts
    • Stella Mann College
    • The Urdang Academy
    • Chichester University
    • Middlesex University
    • Roehampton University
  • Are there any costs involved?

    We ask for a £100 studio fee for each year of the course. The money will pay for visits to the theatre and professional workshops.

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