Dance at Nottingham College - UCAS


Nottingham College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Nottingham Trent University

Course summary

This course comprises the first two years of a conventional three-year degree and is designed to develop your specialist skills and knowledge in dance and choreography. Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance have been recently introduced to the repertoire following student and industry partner demand. Focused on professional practice and the evaluation of technique and context; it aims to provide students with practical and analytical skills, and a working knowledge of the technical, administrative and professional aspects required to succeed in the Dance industry. This Foundation Degree in Arts (FdA) is awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University. Please Note: Prior to September 2019 entry, this course was titled Foundation Degree Theatre Arts (Dance). About the course There is a strong practical element to this course, allowing for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a range of topics: combining technical training, creative workshops, performance opportunities and academic skills. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of dance styles and influences in order to become a confident and versatile performer. First year modules include:

  • Performance skills
  • Performance: context and history
  • Creative Dance Practice
  • Dance Styles and Techniques - 1
Second year modules include:
  • Dance Styles and Techniques - 2
  • Own projects [developing original work]
  • Dance Education and Community Practice
  • Production Company
We work with a range of visiting artists and have close links with local dance stakeholders including: Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Theatre and Dance4. We also work closely with students from other disciplines (such as fashion, photography and film production) on a wide range of collaborative in-house projects. Existing teaching facilities at our Clarendon Campus include a course base room and general-purpose teaching spaces. There are two fully-equipped theatres: the 220 seat Clarendon Community Theatre and 84 seat Robert Lindsay Studio Theatre. There are three dance studios. three practical spaces, wardrobe, costume construction and set construction workshops. Please note: Performing Arts courses are set to move into our new £58 million City Hub campus at Broadmarsh: scheduled to open in September 2020. View our website: for the latest updates on this exciting new development. Assessment A combination of traditional and innovative assessment methods are used: including case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review, time-constrained assessments and presentations. There are no examinations. Bursaries We want our courses to be accessible to students from any background, so we’ve put together a cash support package in the form of non-repayable bursaries to provide financial help where it’s really needed. Details for 2020-21 will be advertised once approved by the university regulator – the Office for Students (OfS). Please check our website - - for more information. Your career and progression Previous students have moved directly into industry within performance, choreography, teaching, dance production, youth and social work, fitness training, arts and events management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries. Alternatively, you may wish to progress on to our BA (Hons) Performing Arts top-up degree, awarded by our chief university partner: Nottingham Trent University; or the second or third year of a similar degree at another higher education provider.

Course details


Year One modules include: process and production; contextual studies; specialist skillsets; creating/staging performance; facilitation. Year Two modules include: production company; applied specialisms; industry practice/work-based learning; developing the practitioner; contextual studies. Modules are assessed continually through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

Assessment method

There is continuous assessment through joint projects and individual assignments. There are no examinations.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW500
Institution code N30
Campus nameCity Hub
Campus codeA

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Applicants from outside the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) are advised to contact our International Office for advice and information before submitting their UCAS application. Please call +44 (0) 115 838 0527 or email:

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of 48 tariff points. Applicants will need the number of UCAS points specified in the details of each course - from: at least two A Levels at A2; BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma; International Baccalaureate; Access to HE Diploma. Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses applicants would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area. We would expect applicants to be working at Level 2 or above in English and Mathematics.
A level A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) A minimum of 48 tariff points.
Access to HE Diploma A Pass grade with a minimum of 48 tariff points.
Scottish Higher A minimum of 48 tariff points.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8250 Year 1
England £8250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8250 Year 1
Scotland £8250 Year 1
Wales £8250 Year 1
Channel Islands £8250 Year 1
International £9500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

International fees for 2020-21 have not yet been confirmed. The sum quoted of £9,500 is intended to be indicative only. Please check on the College website or contact our International Office for further information.
Dance at Nottingham College - UCAS