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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance (90 Credit Diploma) - One Year Course; BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Dance (90 Credit Diploma) - One Year Extension


Performing Arts Dance is ideal if you want to pursue dance as a career. In addition to the course there are excellent project and performance opportunities through the College's professional industry links. Examples of these include:

  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts
  • Orangebox, Halifax
  • Victoria Theatre
  • Mad Dogs Theatre
  • Northen Ballet
  • National Dance Company Wales
  • Yorkshire Dance

The Performing Arts Industry is the second largest industry in the UK providing 8 million pounds per hour for the UK economy. Employment has risen 6 per cent in the last year. The BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in Performing Arts are vocational qualifications designed to give you an insight into the industry of the working performer. The course is diverse and broad, allowing learners to opt for a pathway which is relevant to their career choice. Pathways include Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre and Combined Performance. 

16-18? You may be able to study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


Our Performing Arts team offer a high level of training, experience, insight and knowledge across our provision. The BTEC Diplomas in all of Performing Arts will allow you to explore many genres of performance, practitioners and performance methods giving you an insight into the different career paths that are available to you and can help you start a successful career or move onto further study. 

Our goal is to provide professional dance training, liberate you as a performer, to teach you the skills and techniques you will need in this industry, but to allow you to play with dance and push the boundaries of creativity and performance.

The course consists of mandatory units which all pathways will undertake, plus optional and project units which are designed to meet the needs of the group and their chosen career path.

Mandatory units include: Performance Workshop, Performing to an Audience, Rehearsing for Performance, The Historical Context of Performance and Arts Business.



Examples of the Dance Pathway

  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Urban Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Dance Performance
  • Choreography
  • Movement in Performance
  • Site Specific Performance


Examples of the Acting Pathway

  • Theatre for Children
  • Drama Improvisation
  • Classical Theatre
  • Voice and the Actor
  • Principle of Acting

Examples of the Musical Theatre Pathway

  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Jazz Dance

Combined Performance Pathway

With this unique pathway you can opt from the units above and specialise and focus your learning to your career choice, perhaps you want to improve your singing skills but not as a Musical Theatre Performer but a Dancer? (Options depend on availability and timetabling) The department has its own professional theatre space, rehearsal rooms and purpose built dance studio. During the course you will perform in at least two major productions in our own Empty Space Theatre and at outside venues. You will work with local industry related companies, meet Acting Agents and Dance specialists, take part in professional workshops and theatre visits and produce work to live client briefs.


Aimed at developing both practical skills and theoretical knowledge to underpin these skills, you will take part in workshops, rehearsals, conduct research portfolios and diary your development as an ongoing process. You will perform in at least three showcases, alongside skills classes that will run throughout the year. Your input, ideas and imagination is highly valued on our courses, energy and commitment is essential.

Course Leader profile

Lisa Eaton

Lisa graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Arts Practice and Cultural Policy from the University of Coventry. She commenced her career as a freelance dance development practitioner working in the areas of performance, choreography, dance in education, project development and dance consultancy. During this time Lisa worked with and alongside many artists, organisations, community groups, education establishments and local authorities, including the NSPCC and The Prince’s Trust. With a desire to develop as a creative leader and focus on performing arts business, Lisa went on to establish herself as an independent creative producer launching her own Yorkshire based management and consultancy company. Within this role Lisa has worked on a regional, national and international landscape to produce and manage innovative events with professional clients including Makin Projects, Benji Reid and Breaking Cycles, Yorkshire Dance, NSCD, Rita Marcalo, Hype Dance and SpearFish. Lisa joined Calderdale College in 2009. She is Course Leader for Level 3 Performing Arts (Dance) and Main Grade Lecturer on the BA Performance; “It is inspiring to work in education and be able to use my professional experience, understanding and expertise to nurture and support the development of learners as well as provide opportunities that prepare them for the world of work”.

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 to include English and/or Maths and/or relevant Level 2 qualifications such as BTEC Diploma / Certificate / Extended Certificate. Applicants without formal academic qualifications that demonstrate experience and/or exceptional potential will be considered subject to attendance at a selection workshop.

Interview Process

Applicants will be required to attend a practical audition class and present a 1 minute solo performance (to applicants own music).

Questions & Answers

What makes the course special?

We offer the highest standard of teaching and an engaging curriculum with a wide range of external opportunities to further develop dance skills and experience.

How is the course assessed?

All units are internally assessed. Assessment methods include performances, log books, observations, presentations, video analysis.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Successful completion of the 90 Credit Diploma (one year) may allow you to progress internally onto the Top Up Extended Diploma (one year) - taking two years in total. We have a high rate of learners who then progress onto Higher Education courses at universities around the country and overseas and Dance Conservatoires and Drama Schools which are highly regarded in the industry. Further study includes Drama Therapy, Acting, TV and Film Acting, Musical Theatre Performance, Contemporary Dance, Theatre Studies, Drama and English although we have had learners go on to study much wider related subjects including Set Design, TV Production, Criminology and Psychology using their learnt skills effectively.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 15 hours per week
  • Days: Mon - Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 5.00 pm
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts Dance 90 Credit Diploma 1 Year Course Equivalent to 2 A Levels - Performing Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma 1 Year Extension Course to the 90 Credit Diploma Equivalent to 1 Further A Level
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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