Performance & Production Arts | UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts | Dance | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0323-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Entry requirements: This level is for students who have already achieved at least four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. See the entry requirements tab above for other requirements. Qualification: UAL Extended Diploma in Performance & Production Arts Level 3 Awarding Body: UAL Funding: Eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

Why this course?

Dancers in a studio
  • Professional dance studios 
  • Expert tutors with professional industry experience 
  • Perform in a professional theatre on campus 
  • Explore your talent and build confidence 
  • Fantastic links to the industry

Transform your passion for dance into a career with this exciting course which will provide you with opportunities to develop your technical abilities, alongside creativity and artistry in a range of dance and theatre skills.

Based in our professional dance studios, you will increase your skill base with a variety of genres, including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. You will also learn to research and analyse, enabling you to react creatively across diverse assignments. You will perform in our own on-site theatre, as well as other venues. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the world of dance with the energy and confidence to thrive

This Level 3 Diploma leads directly onto the second year, the Extended Diploma, where you will further develop your creative understanding and specialist skills, and gain the experience needed to progress to university, dance college or a theatre conservatoire.

Start dates

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Entry requirements

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English and maths, and you will be asked to perform a dance solo at interview. 

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on one of the MET's Level 2 courses such as Performance & Production Arts.

Entry requirements

Course content

Topics include:

  • Engaging with an audience
  • Critical and contextual awareness
  • Collaborative performance and extended projects

Why this course?

Northbrook College is highly regarded in the theatre industry as a provider of excellent training.

Our Theatre Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and producers involved in the region's exciting theatre scene and they are here to help you realise your potential. Passionate about their areas of expertise, staff are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

One of the reasons you will love studying at Northbrook College is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. It is a dedicated arts space, with the theatre courses running alongside music and art and design courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities. 

Further study:

Following completion of the Diploma (year 1) you can progress to the Extended Diploma (year 2).

On completion of the Extended Diploma, you could progress to a university-level course, either at the MET or at other universities, dance colleges or conservatoires.

There are many options to choose at this stage and our expert staff will help you to make the right decision, appropriate to your goals.

Future careers include:

  • Performer 
  • Theatre in education
  • Choreographer
  • Dance teacher
  • Fitness teacher

Alumni work includes:

  • Oliver Grubb - SeaCruiseUK, production dancer
  • Chloe Maya Wilson - SerendipityCastings & Global Village, Dubai
  • Louise Woollard - Disneyland Paris, character performer and parade dancer
  • Tobias Richards - Royal Albert Hall, Guys & Dolls

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Level 3 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  •  You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 3 or higher, you may not have to pay any fees. 
Advanced Learner Loan

You may be eligible to apply for a loan to meet the course costs of your qualification fees. This is paid directly to the College on your behalf. For more information about Advanced Learner Loans, please click here.

Open events

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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