This two year course will develop your technical and expressive skills, build on your knowledge of dance history and increase your understanding of choreography and professional dance repertoire. You will also perform in a national dance competition to a live audience at Southampton Guildhall. In addition, you will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Performer, dancer, teacher, arts administrator and dance therapist.


Dance and creative and performance arts.

Topics you'll cover


  • Dance appreciation/dance history
  • Developing skills and technique for live performance
  • Rock Challenge performances
  • Choreography (group performance workshop)
  • Contemporary dance techniques
  • Developing technical and expressive skills
  • The healthy performer
  • Workshops with Rambert, Urdang, Matthew Bourne Dance Company and Mayflower Theatre.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Practical workshops and written assignments
  • Assessed performance
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC Extended Certificate (level three)
  • Equivalent to one A Level.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English and maths
  • It is not necessary to have had any formal training in dance, as you will be coached fully in preparation for all performance and choreography work. You must be willing to learn new movement vocabulary, be inventive in creating dance works and have the ability to be able to work productively as part of a team
  • You will have many performance opportunities so should be willing to develop your confidence in performing in front of a live audience. You will also be expected to compare various dance works, complete choreographic and personal training logbooks as well as analysing the craft of choreography
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"This course has encouraged me to broaden my knowledge of different styles of dance. The teachers encourage me to push myself and are really supportive. We currently compete in the premier division of Rock Challenge, which means we are among the top 10 schools/colleges in the south of England. We have won national awards for concept and choreography, which shows the high standard of work we create. We also have our own college dance company called ‘Release Dance Company’, and as part of this we have worked with some amazing professional dance artists to create our own works. This year alone we have worked with Luke Brown Dance Company, BalletBoyz and former students who are graduates of Laban and Urdang. We are expected to work to a professional standard and this has helped us hugely with improving our technique and choreographic skills."

Charlotte King, previously at Hounsdown School  

Additional information


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.