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Overview - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in dance

Whatever your favourite dance style – ballet, jazz, tap or contemporary – your skills and technical ability will benefit from studying this course, which is ideal for anyone considering a dance-focused career within the performing arts industry. Developing your understanding of a wide range of dance disciplines, styles and approaches, you will gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to gain real experience by working with industry professionals.

What will I be doing? 

Following a course that covers many styles of dance – some familiar, some new – you will develop your technical ability alongside choreography, improvisation and performance skills. The regular workshops and assignments of our project-based learning approach will allow you to specialise in the areas which interest you most, such as contemporary, jazz, ballet, fusion and urban, while trying new things as you work alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) during the teaching year.

In addition, you will benefit from the support and guidance of our creative and performing arts industry-experienced teaching staff, contact with external industry professionals through masterclasses, workshops and visits, a minimum of one week’s work experience each year, opportunities to work with the wider creative and performing arts community within Liverpool and beyond, and, of course, access to our new facilities.

What will I leave with? 

Successful completion of this two-year course will earn you the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance. Equivalent to three A-Levels, this nationally-recognised qualification is suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will also leave with enhanced interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

What could I do next? 

You will be equipped to apply for Higher Education or to seek employment in the creative and performing arts industry. Related career paths might include performing on stage, in music videos, as a backing dancer, or as a choreographer.

How do I apply? 

You must complete an application form for September 2017 entry and submit it to us as soon as possible. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2017 -  you will be given at least four weeks’ notice and full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C) will be sent out by 10 April 2017.

If you still have questions, contact the LIPA Sixth Form College Administrator on 0151 330 3232 or email


At present, course information is still subject to confirmation, and while every effort has been made to ensure it is accurate, the information presented on this website does not form any contract between LIPA Sixth Form College and any individual. In addition, LIPA Sixth Form College reserves the right to make changes and cannot accept liability arising out of, or in connection with, any such revision.