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York College


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English (grade 4), or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade and GCSE English at grade C (grade 4). A strong interest and ability in dance. You will be required to do an audition/workshop as well as an interview to demonstrate your skills.


Two years.

Who is this course suitable for?

Students wishing to pursue a career in dance or who are aiming to progress on to a dance related university degree/dance conservatoire.

The Extended Diploma is a practical work related approach to the subject of dance. Students will study a wide variety of dance. You will be taught by industry professionals and experienced dance teachers who have knowledge, experience and excellent partnerships with companies such as The Royal Ballet, Northern Ballet and many more that will develop your ability and further your opportunities and career.

What will I study?

The Extended Diploma is a practical work related approach to the subject of dance. Students will practically study a wide variety of dance forms including:

  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Urban
  • Circus Acrobatics
  • Choreography
  • Singing Skills for Dancers
  • Rehearsing and Performing to an audience as well as Dance Performance
Dance theory is also of high importance and these units include:

  • Historical Context
  • Performing Arts Business
  • The Healthy Performer
  • Dance Appreciation

How will I be assessed?

Over the two years of the course you will be assessed on a wide range of projects. The emphasis of the course is split 60 per cent practical and 40 per cent written. The course assessments are practical and performance related with an emphasis on personal reflection, analysis and research.


There is a £65.00 student contribution which helps to cover the costs of performances, workshops and materials used. There is also the option to participate in a range of visits and residential trips during the course, the cost of which will be additional. You will be expected to have dance clothing/kit. This will be confirmed at interview.

What could it lead to?

An Extended Diploma in Dance can lead to further study in dance either at university or at a specialist college or conservatoire. This qualification is designed to lead to a career within the performing arts industry, be that in the field of practical performance, choreography or education.

Previous students have secured places at:

  • London Theatre School
  • Laban
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Performers College
  • London Studio Centre

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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Lily Antonia Coombes

Previously of Northallerton College
Dance Extended Diploma Level 3

"I chose this course because I wanted to dance full-time and learn about dance as well. The content of this course appealed to me because it has a variety of dance styles to train in and the theory looked interesting. Highlights of the course have been the opportunities we’ve had such as trips to Move It, workshops and working with the Royal Ballet. I get on well with my tutor, she is a fantastic teacher and very supportive. The part of College I have enjoyed most is being taught different styles of dance; it’s been interesting learning things out of my comfort zone."

1316 - Dance Ext Dip L3 - Nicola Hampshire

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