Entry Requirements

5 GCSES at level 4 or above, including Maths and English. Level 4 or above in GCSE Dance (or equivalent dance experience outside of school). 

What Will I Study?

The RSL Level 3 diploma course is equivalent of 1.5 A levels and consists of 7 different units of study. The course is designed to develop your skills as a dance performer, choreographer and teaching practitioner. 

The controlled assessments involve the planning, execution and evaluation of different practical tasks. 

Core units:

Performance Preparation

Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing Arts

Additional units:

Dance Technique & Performance

Repertory Dance Performance


Leading Dance

Applying Safe Dance Practice

How will I be assessed?

This course is coursework based. For each unit you will need to produce evidence (through completion of both practical and written tasks) to demonstrate the assessment criteria. There is no written exam, however you will have a series of practical exams and written work deadlines throughout the two year course.

There are 2 core units set by the exam board. One of these is externally assessed. The other units are assessed internally and then moderated by the exam board. 

Is this subject for me?

This course will appeal to anyone with a strong interest in dance but also those students who have a desire to develop and increase their confidence and teamwork skills.

Due to the performance and collaborative nature of the course there will be a requirement for commitment to after school rehearsals and events.

Where can this lead me?

The qualification will provide you with a broad foundation of dance skills which will help enable you to proceed further into dance training or education (a range of dance related degree courses at university or vocational courses at dance colleges), or to consider employment in the performing arts industry. The course will also enable you to develop vital employability skills such as cognitive and problem-solving skills, intra-personal skills (such as communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing) and interpersonal skills (such as self-management, adaptability and resilience, self- monitoring and development).

There are a range of jobs and careers that this course can lead to.


Community Dance Practitioner

Dance Performer

Dance/Arts Officer

Dance Education specialist

Dance Film Maker

Dance Movement Therapist

Dance Journalist

Dance Lecturer/ Academic Researcher

Dance Photographer

Dance Teacher

Youth Worker

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