West Thames College London

Dance - Higher National Diploma (HND)

This one/two-year course combines practical and theory based modules. You will learn a range of dance techniques and styles, including contemporary dance, commerical dance, classical ballet and jazz alongside choreography for group and solo performances. Theoretical modules include historical studies, contemporary studies and research to underpin your practical knowledge. You will also study small business management, professional practice, process and production and project realisation, enabling you to work on a major performance.

Key course features


  • BTEC (EdExcel) Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
  • JACS Code: 005W
  • Institution Code: W65

Level: Level 5

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 25 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Dedicated students who want to become dancers or choreographers. The course is highly practical but demands academic ability.

About the course

The course is delivered by enthusiastic staff with industry experience and combines practical and theoretical modules.

You will study:

  • Contemporary dance
  • Commercial dance
  • Urban dance
  • Classical ballet
  • Jazz
  • Dance for camera
  • The healthy dancer
  • Analysing dance
  • Choreography for group and solo performances
  • Historical and contemporary studies
  • Small business management
  • Professional practice
  • Project realisation.

You will perform throughout the year in our Endeavour Theatre and during our Creative Arts Festival and you will work on a major performance.

Additional opportunities

You will be involved in community project work with local dance companies, setting up and running productions in-house and in the community. There are regular trips to visit performances in London and at local arts centres. You will perform throughout the year in our Endeavour Theatre and during our Creative Arts Festival.

How will I be assessed?

The course is continually assessed through vocationally based assignments, finishing with a major project and an assessed performance.

Where next?

Second or final year of a BA (Hons) degree or a career as a dancer or choreographer.

Entry requirements

To study for the HND, you will need a previous qualification meeting a minimum of 160 UCAS points, such as:

  • A merit or distinction in Performing Arts or Dance at Level 3 including A*-C / grades 9-5 GCSE English
  • A Level in a relevant subject grade A-C
  • Other related Level 3 qualification
Applicants without a formal qualification but with relevant work experience may be considered on an individual basis.

You will have an audition as part of your interview.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or emailinfo@west-thames.ac.uk.


This fee is for one year of study and may be subject to change in subsequent years. The course fee is usually covered by your student loan and you will not need to pay this back until you have completed this course and when you are earning over £21,000 a year. Home students may receive a bursary of £500 to help towards expenses (usually in February, subject to satisfactory attendance and progress on the course).

Please note that if you have already achieved a degree, you will be liable to pay a higher fee (£7,000 in 2014-15).

The fee for international students for 2014-15 was £8,000 and the 2015-16 fee is to be confirmed.

How to apply?
Please apply via www.UCAS.com or click the "apply now" button below and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Neil Reynolds

    Level 3 Performing Arts

    Neil Reynolds

    "We do a lot of different genres so we can do anything that's thrown at us. The course has really helped me with my comunication skills and with auditioning. In April I played a main role in a TV show called T BOY on London Live. It was my first major performance and the course really helped me and gave me the confidence to do it."


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