Dance is back for courses starting in September 2021.

This course is a BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performance (Dance), which focuses on Dance units throughout the two years. The course will be studied as part of a Mixed Study programme and is equivalent to 1 A Level. 

Studying Dance allows you to develop your performance skills, as well as your technical understanding. Whether progressing on to the Performing Arts or other creative industries, you will gain invaluable skills in communication, adaptability, resilience and confidence. The Performing Arts department at Ashton have a long history of producing a wealth of performers, dancers, actors, singers and musicians over many years. When you join this Dance course, you join a department of passionate creatives, surrounded by students who share similar passions and interests.

While studying Dance, you will have many opportunities to attend theatre trips and workshops with visiting professionals. You may also meet many of our alumni that return to share their experience and run creative and technical sessions. 

The college is also home to Torque Youth Dance and students are encouraged to attend the Open Jazz class on a Wednesday evening, or even audition for the company.

Mandatory units

Group Performance Workshop
Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance

Optional units

Classical Ballet Technique
Jazz Dance Technique
Street Dance Technique
Contemporary Dance Technique
Healthy Dancer
Choreography for Live Performance
Improvisation
Movement in Performance

Other optional units

Musical Theatre Techniques 
Variety Performance

Course specific entry requirements

  • Professionally experienced staff including DJs and producers previously worked with Rizzle Kicks, an actor, director and writer, dance choreographer working with Torque Youth and Raptures Youth Dance Companies and a professional cellist
  • 150 seat performance theatre, Music practice room and large Dance studio with sprung floor
  • Ballet, urban, tap and jazz dance classes
  • Acting, singing, dancing and DJ workshops
  • College show productions
  • Annual New York trip
  • Regular theatre trips
  • Annual Music Festival
  • State of the art sound and audio visual equipment
  • Recording studios with cutting edge digital desks
  • Mac suites for music composition and technology

Course Key Details

Course Type : Vocational (A-Level equivalent)
Exam Board : Pearson
Pass Rate : NA
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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