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This programme is for those who already have some experience of dance training, and are looking to build on their existing skills and expand their understanding of dance. The course is perfect for you if you are considering pursuing dance at degree level at either a vocational dance school or university, and/or as a career in the future. By studying on this programme you will develop your technical, performance and creative skills in dance at intermediate level through intensive daily classes in ballet, contemporary and jazz, as well as weekly choreography lessons. You will also strengthen your knowledge of dance history and theory, and gain valuable experience in both creating and performing in new works alongside professional dance artists.

Some applicants will also be considered for an additional qualification in the form of AS Dance based on their GCSE English grades and a reference. This will provide the opportunity to study dance practitioners and works in more detail and be assessed on your choreography and performance skills through solo and duet/trio work. AS Dance is equivalent to half an A-level which would provide extra UCAS points on application to vocational schools and universities.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 2 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 2 or above

  • Unit breakdown, Progression & More...

    Assessment Method

    You will be continually assessed throughout the year, units 1-8 of the UAL qualification. Units 1-7 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERRAL, and Unit 8 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. You will be assessed on your performances, evaluations and reflective logbooks, research tasks, short essays, video diaries, and presentations.

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to provide dance training at an intermediate level, providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary for future progression within higher education and the industry.

    Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of the first year, many students progress onto the second year in order to complete an Extended Diploma (equivalent to three A-levels). You can also progress onto our HNC in Dance.


    We have three large purpose-built dance studios fully equipped with sprung floors, mirrors, ballet barres and changing rooms, as well as a 92 seat in house theatre. The course is delivered via daily technique classes, creative sessions, rehearsals, tutorials, dance theory lessons, and performances both on and off site. Our students are given many enrichment opportunities throughout the year including theatre trips, performance opportunities, work experience and visits and performances from 3rd year students at Laban, London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre.

    Career Options

    On completion of this course it is advised to progress onto the second year (see above), our HNC in Dance or HE courses depending on previous experience and qualifications.

    What can I earn as a dancer? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified dancer you'll be starting on an exciting career path with the opportunity to progress and earn a good salary ? whether you become part of a dance company or work as a freelancer. For example: Dancers and choreographers start on around £22,000 a year and can earn £25,000 with 3 years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in dance, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Many of our students have gone on to gain places at prestigious vocational schools and conservatoires such as Trinity Laban and Rambert School of Ballet, before embarking on successful careers.

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Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 3,698 p/year
24+ £3,698 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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Shanara Edwards

Shanara Edwards

I always knew I wanted to perform, and Southwark College helped me further my dance training, I learned a variety of dance styles and was given extra singing lessons so I kept up those skills too.

Jack Grattan

I really enjoyed studying at the College due to the teaching, with the tutors having a wealth of experience and knowledge and a very approachable attitude. They just want to help students.

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

Caldeen Benjamin Kusi-mensah

I chose to study at Lewisham Southwark College because it was the only College nearby that specialised in Performing Arts. The course included Drama, dancing and singing, all of which I was keen to pursue.

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