West Thames College London

Dance - Level 3

This highly practical two-year course is equivalent to 3 A Levels and will give you a broad foundation in dance. It makes use of the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and focuses on styles such as ballet, contemporary, jazz and street dance. There will also be intensive workshops on a range of performance subjects. You will study the craft of choreography and physical theatre in relation to your production projects and performances. You will also cover the theoretical, social, historical and administrative side of dance.

Key course features


UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Advanced students who want a career as a dancer or choreographer.

About the course

The course combines both practical assignments and the study of a variety of dance styles, leading to a series of production projects in the drama studio and at external venues. You will usually be in a class of 16-20 students and will work on group projects as well as individual assignments. In the second year you will produce a final major project.

You will study:

  • Contemporary dance techniques (Release, Limon, Cunningham-based, Graham-based)
  • Jazz dance
  • Urban dance styles
  • Performance workshop
  • Dance in context
  • Choreographic principles
  • Health and body maintenance
  • Rehearsing
  • Dance performance
  • Safe practice
  • Theoretical, social, historical and administrative aspects of dance.

At some points in the year when productions are scheduled, you will need to be in college for extra sessions to rehearse.

You will use the college's modern theatre, performance spaces, changing rooms and costume store, and your student learning adviser will guide and support you throughout your course. In the second year you will receive guidance for applications to university.

Additional opportunities

There will be visits to a variety of performance venues as part of this course and you will perform throughout the year in our Endeavour Theatre and during our Creative Arts Festival.

How will I be assessed?

We encourage your active involvement in the assessment process, which is continuous throughout the year and culminates in a final major project. Reports on your progress will be prepared twice a year.

Where next?

You can go on to an HND in Dance at West Thames College, a BA (Hons) degree at university or find employment in the dance or related disciplines.

Entry requirements
At least 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-4, or a merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 with functional skills in English and maths. There will be an audition as part of your interview. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button 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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