Level 3 (BTEC) Dance

Dance City and Ofsted Outstanding Whitburn Academy have come together with LEAD Academy to offer a unique Level 3 BTEC qualification to help you develop, excel and pursue a career as a dancer.


Our FINAL BTEC Audition date for September 2019 intake is on 22 August 2019 , find more details and how to apply below.


This specialist qualification will enable you to apply for dance and performing arts degree programmes or audition directly for advanced training in the dance industry to specialist schools. Past students have gone onto full time training at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School, Trinity Laban and onto the Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance 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 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 and theatre
  • Excellent public performance opportunities
  • Direct route to Dance/Performing Arts Degrees or specialist dance schools

Where will I study?

Primarily in Dance City’s purpose built professional studios in Newcastle city centre. You will also attend our partner Whitburn Academy on selected days throughout the year where you will receive support with UCAS applications and careers guidance.

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. You must be 16 years of age on 1 September of the year of entry.


Student support

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.


How can I audition for the BTEC in Dance?

Admissions for our September 2019 intake have now REOPENED due to popular demand.

Our FINAL audition date is on 22 August 2019. – Once we have received your application, we will be in touch with more information regarding the audition format.


How to apply?

To apply for the BTEC course you MUST fill in an application form.

Click on this link to download our 2019 Form: BTEC 2019 Application Form  


Where do I send my completed application form?

By email:     adam.dutton@dancecity.co.uk

By post:     FAO Adam Dutton,

Dance City Training Academy,

Temple Street,

Newcastle upon-Tyne,



Find out more

Our Open Day for September 2019  has already taken place, however we are more than happy to arrange a private tour of the facilities and chat to individuals about the course. For more information regarding the course, please contact adam.dutton@dancecity.co.uk

Book your place on our next Level 3 BTEC Open Day taking place on Saturday 2 November 2019.

View from a parent

Izzy Haslam says:

It’s a great course. My daughter is now in the second year at The London Contemporary Dance School.

There is nothing like dancing day in day out at this stage so that the student gets a real idea about the demands of taking dance further. I would say to any parent to let your daughter or son follow their dreams . They can always go back and do a couple of A levels afterwards if they change their minds. There is no rush but your son or daughter can never get these years back as a young fit dancer. It’s all down to being committed and putting the hours in giving your son or daughter the best chance of getting to a very high level dance school or conservatoire. Aiming high they will achieve high level degree qualifications from world class institutions which are marvellous for all sorts of careers not solely performance.