Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Performing Arts

Start Date

January and September

Course Length

2 years




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

HND Performing Arts (Performance)

Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This HND develops skills and knowledge that are relevant to becoming a performer, choreographer or teacher. Practical experience and performances are core elements of the course.

The course is for anyone who wants to study Dance full time with the aim of a career in the dance industry either as a performer, choreographer, teacher or dance in the community facilitator.

What do you need to apply for the course?

A minimum of 48 UCAS points to apply for the course.

It is essential you have a level 2 in English and also desirable that you have at least a level 2 qualification maths.

Academic qualifications     :

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Dance
  • Other related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate received from an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience.
  • Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.


All candidates will be interviewed and required to undertake an audition.

What are the key things you'll learn?

The units covered include:

Year 1

  • Creative Arts Professional Practice (Mandatory)
  • Creative Arts Research Skills (Mandatory)
  • Innovative Theatre Performance Work
  • Physical Theatre Performance
  • Site Specific Performance
  • Choreography for solo performance
  • Commercial Dance
  • Contemporary Dance Techniques

Year 2

  • Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts
  • Historical Context in the Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts Workshop Leadership
  • Small Scale Touring in the Performing Arts
  • Contemporary dance techniques and performance
  • Jazz Dance Technique and Performance
  • Jazz Dance Development and Analysis
  • Choreography for Group Performance

How you will learn

You will mainly be taught through practical classes and workshops to meet the high vocational demands of the course. The theory elements of the course are used to support and underpin practical knowledge.

Teaching methods include workshops, presentations, projects, lectures, seminars, research based activities and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include practical sessions, presentations, written assignments, learning logs and evaluations.

Where could this course take you?

At the end of the course you could immediately apply for roles that involve performing or teaching dance.

Alternatively you could progress to the BA (Hons) Dance (Top-Up) at the University of Sunderland. This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with just one more year of study.

What costs will you incur?

2017 Tuition fee: £5,999 per year

Other course costs:

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

Students will be required to pay for several theatre visits within the 2 years costing no more than £60 over the 2 years. For certain modules students will also be expected to decide on and provide their own costumes for assessments. Costuming costs can vary significantly depending on decisions made. Students will also need to purchase one pair of soft ballet shoes (approximately £10)