Performing Arts (Dance) — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

This HNC in Performing Arts (Dance) enables students to achieve a
qualification at level 4, offering dance technique and performance training in
contemporary, ballet, theatre jazz, and commercial from specialist tutors.
Students will explore creativity and innovation through choreography and devise
performances under the guidance of specialist practitioners. Students will
perform for public audiences as their own dance company - EnHaNCeD Undergraduate
Performance - in the College’s own theatre, and at local and national dance

The course aims to provide the essential professional and entrepreneurial
skills to work as a freelance practitioner or facilitator within the creative
arts industry.

Units covered:

  • The Performing Arts Industry

  • Professional Development

  • Jazz Dance 1

  • Ballet 1

  • Contemporary 1

  • Commercial Dance

  • Choreography 1

  • Devising Theatre and Performance

Skills and Knowledge Developed: The programme will develop an in-depth
understanding of dance and the possibilities of careers within the genre.
Students are challenged about how to create dance performances and will work
towards developing their own devised work; to be performed at the end of the
programme year. Students will be equipped with the necessary skills to interpret
a choreographer’s artistic vision (using appropriate dance techniques),
developing their individual and ensemble dance skills. Alongside the many
practical skills gained, students will develop self-management, self-promotion
and interpersonal skills, while improving their reflective practice and
evaluation skills. There will also be a number of transferable skills gained
over the course of the qualification, in areas such as problem solving,
numeracy, IT and communication.

Special Features: Within the programme there are many opportunities for
dancers to attain a level of professional practice through strong links to the
creative industries: local dance companies, choreographers and performers and
dance organisations. The programme will facilitate industry-related briefs and
scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work
ethics, time planning skills and working within a creative team. Learning is
supported through a series of professional workshops and training/performance
opportunities, for example our own dance company EnHaNCeD Dance Company, COLC
Undergraduate Performance, Merseyside Dance Initiative, Leap International Dance
Festival, International day of Dance, MOVEIT EXPO, and local and national
artists and teachers.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Performing Arts (Dance) Programme Handbook (19-20)

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.


Higher National Certificate Performing Arts (Dance).

This is a level 4 qualification in the National Qualifications Framework

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, progression will be through direct entry into the industry or through further study at degree level. Direct Entry onto EDEXCEL BTEC Level 5 HND Dance at The City of Liverpool College or equivalent institutions. Direct entry to industry through audition and employment. HNC Dance students have gone on to study at Level 5 at CoLC, LJMU, LIPA, Edge Hill, Hope, Chester, Chichester, Roehampton, Middlesex, DMU, and Kingston universities, and Shock out Arts. Also Conservatoires: Laban; NSCD; LSCD.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at 'C' or equivalent plus two A2 or three AS levels (related subjects) or equivalent - e.g. BTEC level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance.

Applications from mature students will be considered on the basis of experience.

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

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Course ID: 158177

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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