Performing Arts (Dance)

BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts

Course Details

BTEC Extended Diploma
Subject Area
Performing Arts
Age Group
16 - 18

City Campus Manchester
(Full Time - 2 years)

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Do you want to develop and improve your dance skills in the heart of a vibrant, artistic city? Join us and study at this ISTD approved dance centre with industry professionals leading you to your future career in dance. During the course you will further develop your dance techniques, performance skills and styles in oustanding studio facilities and industry level theatres.

You will learn about current industry trends and develop your practice in classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary commercial dance, acro, choreography, modern syllabus work and musical theatre. The flexibility of this course allows you to specialise in your passion whether that be contemporary, commerical or classical ballet. Gifted and talented students are supported towards success.

As well as this, we will prepare you for your next steps towards the industry helping you hone your audition skills and teaching you how to network and operate as a performer. As part of this we will help you find industry relevent work experience.

Please Click Here to view the specific entry requirements for our 16-18 Study Programmes.

Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

A mixture of written coursework and practical performances will make up your assessment for this course, with all written work embedded into your final practical portfolio.

Alongside the performances and demonstrations of your skills, you may complete some research pieces in dance theory, dance companies, or famous choreographers. You might also be required to keep a log book or diary of your development through the course.

Our students have gone on to study in some of the leading dance and theatre schools such as Urdang, Laine, Bird, Stella Man, London Contemporary, London Studios, Northern Contemporary School, Northern Ballet School and The Hammond to name a few.

Completing a level 3 BTEC like this one gives you the qualifications you'll need to continue onto professional training or a degree-level course such as an HNC/HND or a BA (Hons). You could complete a Higher National Certificate and Diploma in Performing Arts with a dance focus at The Manchester College, or expand your skills further with a BA (Hons) in Dance and Performance with our higher education partner, UCEN Manchester at The Arden. Students progressing from The Manchester College will receive a cash award through the Achievers Scholarship.

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Past students are now working within the industry in the West End, musicals, cruise ships, music videos with many also teaching dance in private and public schools across the world.

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Depending on your current age, position and circumstances, there may be a fee for this course.

There are a number of different finance and funding options available to help you fund your academic studies with The Manchester College. These range from bursaries and grants to special loans for tuition fees. You can find out more about them on our dedicated Fees, Funding and Finance page.

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In our unique Industry Excellence Academy you’ll benefit from a programme of study that has been co-developed, and is co-delivered, with one of our industry partners.

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Performing Arts

If you were born to perform – as an actor, a dancer or a musical theatre performer – or even if you want to work behind the scenes, you’ll absolutely love the passion, enthusiasm and creative atmosphere that infects everyone in our Performing Arts department, here at The Manchester College.

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