Open Evening for Level 3 (BTEC) Dance

Monday 30 April

6 – 7.30 pm

Come along with parents/carers and find out all about this exciting new Level 3 course in Dance. Meet the teachers, understand the course content, tour the world class dance facilities and find out all about our partnership with Ofsted Outstanding Whitburn Academy.

Register to attend by emailing

About the BTEC

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

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 Studio Centre, Rambert School, Bird College and onto our 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, 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 College.

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

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.