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Course overview

You will experience all styles of dance. Specialist units include, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, urban, circus skills, healthy performer, dance performance, choreography as well as core units examining the performance arts business, rehearsing and performing to an audience. The course is based around practical and academic activities including units that are largely performance or production based. You will learn to work and perform in a professional environment and take part in a large number of performances.

As part of your study programme here at the College alongside your chosen course you will complete a maths
and/or English qualification if you have not already achieved a grade 4-9 or above. (This will be a GCSE for all students with a grade 3).

The study programme will also incorporate a range of work related experience activities to ensure that you have the breadth of skills required to progress to further/higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

What else do I need to know?

This qualification forms part of a study programme with attendance up to three days per week. You will also have a dedicated personal tutor who will provide both pastoral support and one to one guidance.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English Language at grade 4 or above. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

You will be invited to interview/audition where you will have the opportunity to meet the department and be shown the outstanding facilities at the Performing Arts Centre.

Maths and English
Alongside your course you will study Maths and/or English to improve your skills in these vital subjects by attending structured weekly sessions as part of your timetable. Maths and English development is also integrated in practical assignments.

How is it assessed?

The course contains a number of mandatory and specialist units, some of which are assessed externally. You will be assessed continually throughout the year as you complete each task within a unit of study. Tasks vary and include practical work, written reports and presentations.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

You could either enter the profession on completion of this course, continue your studies at NSCG on a relevant higher education course or apply straight to university to undertake a degree programme.

Music & Performing Arts

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