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Performing Arts (Dance) — Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma

Course information

On our Level 3 UAL Performing Arts Dance course, you will develop contemporary, current and relevant industry skills and knowledge as part of our forward-thinking artistic community. This high intensity course is offered to committed talented individuals with a strong work ethic and passion for Dance. You will be continuously supported in all genres of Dance including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and various Commercial styles including Heels. Alongside additional training in Singing, Acting and Acro skills from professionals in the industry. This extensive timetable pushes our students to gain in confidence and to become the “Triple Threat” the industry demands. We realise singing and acting can be daunting for some students who have less experience, and we want to reassure all applicants that as teachers we are sensitive to this. We will provide you with the skills you need to adapt for the demands of an industry redefining itself in the post-COVID age.

We help you gain skills in discovering where you want to specialise, through research, practical and evaluative sessions, which will allow you to learn where you fit into the Dance industry. We place great emphasis on the process of production - from the start of a choreography task through to the realisation of performance – through a series of different modules aimed at nurturing and promoting your creative talent.
You will also be taught the skills you need to pass auditions so that you can continue your training with us onto our HE and BA Degree Courses or at one of the top dance schools or universities in the UK.

Training with us allows you to the freedom to experiment with a variety of different styles, methods and performances, enabling you to begin to compile a varied, industry-relevant CV. As of Summer 2021 you will participate in at least 2 shows a year in our newly refurbished, on site, state of the art theatre. Alongside various public and private performances offsite including a touring show where students will develop their choreographic skills to showcase. This can include a trip to the MOVEIT Convention in London with the possibility of class taken at the famous pineapple studios. Our faulty hope to take a group to the UDO Commercial Comps in Liverpool when they recommence to compete.

In a normal, non-COVID19 world, we would require all students across Performing Arts to engage with responsibilities such as Front of House, Ushering, Box Office and Backstage Assistance. In a COVID19 world, we have pressed the pause button on our theatre for now, whilst everyone gets used to the new requirements and measures being taken. This means we can really hone and refine your technique, knowledge and skills and build up to a fantastic 2021 Summer season!


UAL Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

This course leads to...

The Arts Centre boasts a faculty who are not only experienced industry professionals, but also qualified teachers with specialised knowledge to ensure you are prepared for the industry and present yourself as an employable, ready-to-work-hard, resilient, and engaged creative. Their collective experience includes working and travelling abroad performing on Broadway, New York City and P&O Cruise Ships. They have worked alongside various artists such as Rita Ora, Jason Derulo and on the TV show X Factor. We are proud of our high success rates, interesting methods of delivery and assessment and engaging workshop-style sessions. Our faculty have strong links to the creative industry and connect our students and courses with those links, providing opportunities for performance, professional workshops with industry experts, development and learning as much as we can.

The delivery and assessment methods are contemporary, industry related and provide work-based scenarios close to that which you may experience in the industry. These fundamentals of industry knowledge and level of preparation provide an excellent foundation to your future as a creative practitioner.

Our engaging and facilitative sessions create autonomous, thinking performers and creatives; we encourage you to think about how you can enjoy the learning experience. What sparks your interest? What aspect of performing makes you most passionate? What aspect of the industry makes you intrigued? By asking you these questions, we can help you answer and present them in the research, work and academic writing that you are assessed on. This approach also allows you to build on your potential to succeed both in the industry and in education.

We have a variety of spaces in The Arts Centre; a newly refurbished theatre (2021), rehearsal studios, music studios, HD television studio and new this year, a Video Motion Capture suite, all of which you have the opportunity to utilise. Regarding COVID19, we will be providing some engaging sessions online as well as face-to-face, ensuring that you can also build digital, online and camera skills on top of the training we provide.

Modules studied:
Year 1
Principles of Performance
Engaging with the Audience
Introduction to Professional Practice
Production Skills and Context
Performance Skills and Context
Preparation for Specialist Study
Collaborative Performance Project

Year 2
Developing Performance and Production Skills
Preparing for Progression
Exploration of Specialist Study and Context
Extended Project

This course can lead to:
Performance experience
Audition for further training in Performing Arts – drama school, university, vocational college. As a college we will help you prepare for all aspects of this application process, including solo dance chorography. Prestigious Colleges that qualifying students have gained entry to include DanceWorks, Laine Theatre Arts, The Urdang, Mount View, ShockOut, Guilford and Northern School of Contemporary.
Employment in the Dance / Performing Arts Industry

Entry Requirements

You will need five GCSE’s at Grade 4-9/A-C to include either English or Maths.

All applicants are given the opportunity to attend an audition, date of which is dependent on time of application.

Audition requirements for applicants include:
2 x videos of solo dance work (Contrasting styles)

Alternatively, if applicants are unable to attend, we are happy to view your work online via YouTube link. Interviews can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 163787

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 4670.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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