The LEAD Academy in association with Dance City presents

The Dance City Education Programme

This unique dance education programme is a 2 year, full time BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance and is the equivalent to 3 A-levels.

This specialist qualification will enable you to apply for a dance and performing arts degree programme or audition directly for advanced training in the dance industry to specialist schools. Past students have gone onto full time training at London Studio Centre, Rambert School, Bird College and onto the Dance City degree programme. National Diplomas are equivalent to three A levels but are more vocational. The training is focused on the skills you need to work in the industry and therefore ideal if you know you want a career in dance.

Course Content

The course has a strong focus on practical activity with high level, comprehensive, pure dance training delivered by experienced dance professionals from the Dance City Learning Academy.

You will develop your technique, artistic understanding and overall fitness to prepare you for a career in professional dance performance and/or teaching.

You’ll gain experience of a range of dance specialisms including Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Physical Theatre, Urban and Jazz which will develop you as a versatile dance artist.

In addition, you’ll study core units linked to professional and performance based dance practice, the study of the performing arts industry, and also the historical context of performance.

What you’ll get

  • Unique qualification earning up to 168 UCAS points
  • High level, pure dance training
  • Trained by highly skilled, experienced professional dancers
  • Cutting edge facilities including studios, theatre and gym
  • Excellent public performance opportunities
  • Direct route to Dance/Performing Arts
  • Degrees or specialist dance schools
  • Introductions to specialist schools
  • Opportunity to attain Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award

Where will I study?

Primarily in Dance City’s purpose built professional studios in Newcastle city centre. You will also benefit from enrichment activities at Whitburn Academy, which can be arts focused, taking advantage of the excellent arts and media facilities at their purpose built Sixth Form Academy.

How can I enrol?

You will need four GCSEs grade 4 or above (including Maths and English) or be pursuing personal study at a specialist level in dance and/or performing arts to enrol on the programme. You will also need to audition; a technique class and a creative session.

Student support

The Lead Academy and Whitburn Church of England Academy has an excellent track record of supporting students (including GCSE resits), offering assistance with studies, finance, careers guidance, preparing UCAS forms and a range of other services to ensure you make the most of your time with us and achieve your ambitions.

Find out more

Come and visit the stunning professional venue where you will be studying, meet the tutors and find out all about the Level 3 course. There will be lots of time for questions and conversation.

Register you interest by emailing or filling in the form below.

How to apply

You can apply for this course directly to our education partner Whitburn Church of England Academy by clicking the Apply button below.

Through our education partner Whitburn Academy

Register your interest in The Dance City Education Programme

Please fill in the form below or contact us on 07944 102 606