Course Info

Level 3 Performing Arts Dance

Course content & format

The Level 3 Dance course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding essential for you to progress to degree level study and employment in the performing arts sector. Throughout the course you will develop a strong foundation in dance performance skills within a range of dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Urban. You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual but the majority of the sessions will be practical and much of the work will culminate in performance work to an audience. Alongside developing your performance skills this course will allow you to demonstrate transferable skills such as creative thinking, reflective learning, team-working, self- management, problem solving and communication.

This two year course helps you become a versatile performer through the study of 12 unit. Year 1 covers the following units:

Unit 1 - Principles of performance

Unit 2 - Engaging with an audience

Unit 3 - Introduction to professional practice

Unit 4 - Critical and contextual awareness

Unit 5 - Production skills and context

Unit 6 - Performance skills and context

Unit 7 - Preparation for specialist study

Unit 8 - Collaborative performance project

In year 2 you will study:

Unit 9 - Developing performance and production skills

Unit 10 - Preparing for progression

Unit 11 - Exploration of specialist study and context

Unit 12 - Extended project

Your unique experience

The team at Clarendon 6th Form College will support you, challenge you and open your eyes to the potential for an exciting and varied future in the Performing Arts industry.

  ●  You will often be given 1-2-1 support with a teacher to help you achieve your goals

  ●  You will be assigned a Progress Tutor who will specifically look after your pastoral and course requirements

  ●  You will be assessed through a variety of methods including discussions, presentations, written work and performances

  ●  You will have the opportunity to be involved in a rich and diverse enrichment programme, which includes:

  ●  10 Public Performances, including 1 BIG Musical and 1 contemporary play

  ●  TIE: (Theatre in Education). Directly bringing theatre into local schools with music, singing and dance workshops

  ●  Fight Club: Stunt and stage combat work, including unarmed and rapier & dagger training.

  ●  Dance Company: A wide selection of dance including: Ballet, street, modern, ballroom and tap. A fantastic opportunity for you to develop dance and fitness, for fun or at a higher level.

  ●  Glee Club: Fun, weekly singing sessions to improve your voice and to have an opportunity to sing in public, as part of a choir or as a solo performer.

  ●  Audition class: Essential for your progression into drama school. This is led by experienced and professional acting coaches with many years’ experience supporting young people, into gaining a place at the top UK drama schools.

The staff at Clarendon Sixth Form college have supported their previous students in reaching their goals and securing places at top UK Drama schools, including: ALRA, Arden School of Theatre, Arts Ed, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Laine Theatre Arts, London Studio Centre, LIPA, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Urdang Academy.

From 2018, Arts Ed will be holding their auditions here at Clarendon Sixth Form College and have kindly agreed to give FREE auditions to ALL Clarendon Sixth Form students!


Students will learn from staff with many years of professional performance experience in TV, FILM and Theatre.

Staff will bring with them and instil the culture of professional rehearsal etiquette – the student experience will feel much more like Director and Performer and less like student and teacher.

Entry Qualifications

For our level 3 course, you are required to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including English. If you were unsuccessful in achieving your GCSE in maths, you will be able to retake this during your time at college.

You will also be required to undertake an interview and be invited to our full-day audition. You will also be required to write a short (approximately 500 word) piece explaining a little about yourself and why you want to be a performer.

How is this course assessed?

This is a full-time course, which we approach in a very practical way. Although there is not a lot of written work, you will be required to write a Log Book, keep a diary and write essays.

The majority of your assessments will be through live public performances in our professional 200 seat theatre. Other performance venues may include the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Trafford centre and other site specific venues.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of this qualification, many young people progress into Higher Education at Drama/Dance School or University, where they continue to train to become professional performers, or train as teachers or professional coaches.

Many young people move immediately into the industry and can often be seen on stage and television.

Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.