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This programme is for those who have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma with us or at another institution. This second year of study consolidates and secures technical and performance skills to prepare you for vocational and HE study in dance. Classes continue in the core techniques - Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, choreography, improvisation, contextual studies at a higher level, whilst preparing for applications, auditions and interviews for dance schools and universities. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels.

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 9-12 of the UAL qualification. Units 9-11 are graded PASS, FAIL, REFERRAL, and Unit 12 is graded PASS, MERIT, and DISTINCTION. You will be assessed on your performances, choreographic work, research and essay writing, evaluations and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations.

    Aims of the course

    The aim of this course is to provide dance training at an advanced level, and to prepare you effectively for the transition into training and studying at degree level and beyond.

    Progression Opportunities

    On successful completion of the Extended Diploma, many of our students gain places at prestigious vocational schools and conservatoires such as Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre, London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert school of Ballet and Contemporary dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Urdang Academy and Bird College. Students also go on to study at the best universities for dance including Middlesex and Roehampton. Some former students have progressed directly into employment in the performing arts industry. You could also progress onto our HNC in Dance, studying at Level 4.


    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. Extended Diploma students also have additional workshops, rehearsals and audition practice with a range of professional choreographers and dance artists.

    Career Options

    A very large number of our former students have gone on to have very successful careers in dance either directly after completing the course or after further training as performers, choreographers, youth dance leaders, dance teachers/lecturers, and artistic directors (please see our Alumni section for further information)

    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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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.

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.

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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