Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 N/A
19-24 £6,165 p/ year
24+ £6,165 p/ year
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This programme is designed for those who already have a Level 3 qualification and are looking for a further year of intensive dance training before applying to vocational schools, conservatoires, top universities for dance, or direct entry into employment in the dance industry. The programme will offer daily training in Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz technique. You will also develop your leadership skills through units such as Dance in Education, your creative skills through improvisation and choreography units, and your analytical skills through the study of a range of practitioners and their work. HNC students also have the opportunity to tour and perform in a variety of local venues. The qualification you will receive at the end of the course is a Higher National Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) at Level 4.

Please note: If you succesfully completed a level three course at LSC in 2017-18 and want to progress to an HE course then you don't need to complete a UCAS application. Use the 'Apply' button to apply direct to the College.

Aims of the course

The aim of this course is to provide dance training at an advanced level, and to prepare you effectively for the transition into training and studying at degree level and beyond.

Unit Breakdown

Core Unit 19 ? Creative Arts Professional Practice Core Unit 20 ? Creative Arts Research Skills Unit 11 - Classical Ballet Background and Technique Unit 14 - Contemporary Dance Technique Unit 26 - Dance Practices in the Community Unit 34 - Jazz dance technique and performance (site specific) Unit 38 - Managing a Creative Business Unit 39 - Marketing the Creative Arts. (These are the proposed units for this year and may alter slightly).

Assessment Method

You will be continually assessed throughout the year in order to achieve two core units, and six or seven specialist units. You will be assessed on your technique, performances, choreographic work, research and essay writing, evaluations and reflective logbooks, video diaries, and presentations.

Progression Opportunities

Successful graduates can progress onto University (1st, 2nd or 3rd year) or vocational dance college in terms of training, the course also prepares graduates for industry auditions and work

Career Options

A very large number of our former students have gone on to have very successful careers in dance either directly after completing the course or after further training as performers, choreographers, youth dance leaders, dance teachers/lecturers, and artistic directors (please see our Alumni section for further information)

What can I earn as a dancer? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified dancer you'll be starting on an exciting career path with the opportunity to progress and earn a good salary ? whether you become part of a dance company or work as a freelancer. For example: Dancers and choreographers start on around £22,000 a year and can earn £25,000 with 3 years' experience

If you're interested in a career in dance, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Many of our students have gone on to gain places at prestigious vocational schools and conservatoires such as Trinity Laban and Rambert School of Ballet, before embarking on successful careers.

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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of a Level 3 or above substantial qualification in a related subject - plus an initial assessment that indicates an appropriate level of English and mathematical ability, and a satisfactory reference. Four GCSEs at grades A*-C.

To apply for this course you must be aged 18 or over on or before the 31st August 2018


We have three large purpose-built dance studios fully equipped with sprung floors, mirrors, ballet barres and changing rooms, as well as a 92 seat in house theatre. The course is delivered via daily technique classes, creative sessions, rehearsals, tutorials, dance theory lessons, and performances both on and off site. Our students are given many enrichment opportunities throughout the year including theatre trips, performance opportunities, work experience and visits and performances from 3rd year students at Laban, London Contemporary Dance School and London Studio Centre. Extended Diploma students also have additional workshops, rehearsals and audition practice with a range of professional choreographers and dance artists.

Services Provided

We have three large purpose-built dance studios fully equipped with sprung floors, mirrors, ballet barres and changing rooms, as well as a 92 seat in house theatre.

Do I need to register?

You will not need to register with a University.

Process for Application

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