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Lipa Sixth Form College

Where Performance Matters


Overview - UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in dance

Whatever your favourite dance style - ballet, jazz, urban or contemporary - your skills and technical ability will benefit from this course, which is ideal for anyone considering a dance-focused career. During your studies, you will develop your understanding of a wide range of dance disciplines, styles and approaches. You will also gain an insight into the range of career paths available, and enjoy opportunities to enhance your learning experience by working with visiting professional dancers and choreographers.

What will I be doing? 

The University of the Arts (UAL) Level 3 Extended Diploma has regular technique classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary and urban dance, and our project-based learning approach will allow you to develop your creative and choreographic skills, as you will have the opportunity to try new things as you work to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) each term.

Our project-based learning approach will enable you to develop your skills through workshops, assignments and projects. You will also work alongside students of other disciplines to put on a series of performances (across a range of styles) during the teaching year, including annual Dance showcases. You will also benefit from masterclasses, workshops and visits from external professionals, and carry out work experience both internally and externally across the wider performing arts community both within Liverpool and beyond.

What will I study? 

The UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance is equivalent to three A-Levels and suitable for progression onto Higher Education. You will study a range of projects such as Dance Techniques, Rehearsing and Performing, Musical Theatre Dance Styles and Performing Arts Business. During your studies, you will also develop your interpersonal, critical and decision-making abilities, which will serve you well in future life.

Are there any extra-curricular activities? 

We offer a range of enrichment opportunities to complement your Dance studies, which, in previous years, have included tap classes, urban/street dance, choir, drama and improvisation. Our students also regularly undertake trips to local theatres such as the Liverpool Empire and further afield, such as to Manchester and London.

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 2019 entry and submit it to us by the closing date of 31 January 2019. We will then call you for an audition, interview and workshop at some point in February or March 2019 - you will be given full guidance as to how to prepare. Offers of places (conditional on achieving a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C/4) will be sent out during April 2019.

If you still have questions, contact Andrea McDevitt, Programme Manager for Dance, 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.