Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Performing Arts (Dance)

This programme develops a wide range of industry level dance skills (Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Commercial and Social dance as well as choreography and teaching skills) and is aimed at dedicated learners who want to move into the dance industry, dance training, or Higher Education, and are looking for practical training and a nationally-recognised Level 4/Level 5 qualification (Title: HNC/D Diploma in Performing Arts).  It offers an intensive training year that can prepare learners for dance school auditions and/or allow entry to a university for a top-up qualification. Extra dance, production and performance opportunities may be customised to an individual's learning programme.

If you choose to 'top-up' the HND qualification to a full BA(Hons) degree, we have a strong relationship with Bucks New University and other universities.

Course Content

The HNC/HND Dance will offer training in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Commercial dance styles, together with Dance for Camera, Social Dance, Choreography with Small Scale Touring or Dance in the Community options. It is designed to prepare young dancers for full time dance training delivered by dance professionals who are experts in the industry and have extensive performance and teaching experience. The skills covered are tailored to dance school/university and industry requirements. It is practically driven, but also demands academic ability to build a solid grounding in performance, industry knowledge and business skills. 

The award is based on the accumulation of 120 credits from the units studied.

Suggested Units include:

  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Commercial Dance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Creative Arts Professional Practice
  • Creative Arts Research Skills.


The HND (second year) award is made on the total accumulation of 240 credits from the units studied.  Depending on your chosen pathway these units may include:

  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Dance in the Community
  • Social Dance forms
  • Dance for Camera
  • Small-Scale Touring
  • Production Process
  • 1-2-1 Supervision
  • Tutorial

Entry Requirements

At least 32 UCAS points from one A level or a BTEC Level 3 or equivalent, satisfactory reference and successful audition.

For the HND top-up year successful completion of a complementary HNC, satisfactory reference and a successful audition.

International Entry Requirements

High School Leaving Certificate, A level and BTEC equivalent qualifications, DVD of audition accepted from overseas students, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent English certificate.

Duration and Delivery

Full time, one year, weekday delivery as well as intensive weeks. Next course start date: September 2017.



Successful graduates can progress onto University (1st, 2nd or 3rd year) or vocational dance college in terms of training, the course also prepares graduates for industry auditions and work

Additional Information

Tuition Fees 2017-2018:

HNC - Home/EU students -£4950 / International students - £9000 plus awarding body fees and consumables.

HND - Home/EU students -£4850 / International students - £9000 plus awarding body fees and consumables.

Fees quoted are per year of study and may be subject to change in line with inflation - please contct us for the latest fees advice.

Location: Kingston Hall Road Centre, Kingston College

All feews quoted are for guidance only and may be subject to change - please contact us for the latest information.

UCAS Institution Code: K83

Course Codes: HNC: 5i15 / HND (Top Up) - 550W

Awarding Body: Edexcel

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