HNC/HND in Dance – Level 5



From the thrill of performing to the rewards of sharing dance with others, this HND offers highly practical and intensive training to extend and develop your skills and abilities. You will study contemporary techniques alongside classical ballet, jazz, commercial and yoga, whilst developing a creative approach to dance-making through choreography and the use of digital media.

Performance and professionalism are significant themes within the course. A detailed exploration of the theories underpinning dance practice will equip you with the skills to enter the professional world of the performing arts, whilst designated performance modules provide the opportunity to perform in large-scale venues, working alongside professional choreographers and dance-makers.

You will work alongside our expert staff, who are outstanding practitioners and industry specialists. We have a reputation for developing outstanding dancers who either continue with further dance training or progress into employment in this country or abroad.

Students enrolled on this course will also have the opportunity to gain an IDTA professional dance teaching qualification (optional/extra costs apply).


DISCLAIMER: NCG (the institution which Kidderminster College belongs to) is currently undergoing Indefinite Degree Awarding Powers assessment. Read more about what this means about our offer here.

  • What will be studied

    Year 1

    • Contemporary Dance 1
    • Jazz Dance
    • Ballet 1
    • Commercial Dance
    • Choreography
    • Dance for Camera
    • Yoga
    • The Performing Arts Industry
    • Professional Development

    Year 2

    • Contemporary Dance 2
    • Ballet 2
    • Tap
    • Contact Improvisation
    • Performance Project
    • Creative Research Project
    • Working in the Performing Arts Industry

    For those interested in pursuing a career in Musical Theatre, we may be able to offer alternative units specific to this discipline (subject to student demand).

  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this Higher Education course you must have:

    • A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points plus at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C.
    • Mature applicants (21 years and above) with suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications, subject to interview.

    Shortlisted applicants are invited for an audition and interview.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    The course opens up a range of careers and career opportunities, including: dancer, freelance choreographer, dance teacher, dance therapist, dance artist in the community and arts administrator.

    You may wish to continue your studies with us on our BA (Hons) in Creative Industries Top-up degree.

    As a Level 5 teaching qualification the course content is exactly the same as a PGCE in Lifelong Learning and carries the same value and credit with regulators, employers and the education and training sectors. Once you have completed the DET this will enable you to gain QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status with the Society for Learning/Education and Training Foundation, the professional body for further education and teaching qualifications

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts: Dance

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Lectures will be a mix of theoretical and practical work.

    You will be required to tackle various tasks and assignments throughout the course study period.

    You will be taught through presentations, practical demonstrations, independent work, 1:1 support, tutorials and group critiques.

    You will be studying at IGNITE DANCE CENTRE at Kidderminster College for 4 days a week with lectures taking place throughout these days and on some evenings.

    Classes generally run between 9am-5pm but may vary. Timetables will be given to all students during enrolment and induction week.

    The HND dance course team has established excellent links with the dance industry, including professional performers, dance companies, choreographers and community dance artists. These connections are often utilised by students when arranging their own placements.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You must complete all 15 Units over the 2 year programme in order to achieve the full HND qualification.

    Assessment is via practical assignments including technique class, performance, practice-based seminars and choreography and written assessments including reports, analytical essays, logs, presentations and seminars.     

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online at KCHE Apply

  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Learner Services on 01562 512003 or email for more information and advice.

    It's important that you know what your tuition fee includes and what other costs you'll need to plan for. Read what your fee includes here.

    Additional costs: Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

    A uniform kit list is provided in advance of the course start date and you will be expected to purchase the specified dance clothing (e.g. leotards, unitards, leggings, ballet tights) and shoes (e.g. ballet shoes and jazz trainers) for each subject. Prices vary depending on brand.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:

    The course opens up a range of careers and career opportunities, including: dancer, freelance choreographer, dance teacher, dance therapist, dance artist in the community and arts administrator.


Start Date : September 2023 End Date : July 2025 Fee : £9250 per year
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£9250 per year

Duration : 2 Years
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