About the course:

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted

100% Teaching & Learning Satisfaction

This course builds on Northbrook’s excellent reputation in dance and physical theatre, training in a wide variety of techniques. Full collaboration with our partner courses in Musical Theatre and Production – as well as the great facilities including five dance studios – makes it unique in the south of England.

You will study advanced skills focusing on dance styles including: jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary. You will also study singing skills, physical theatre, audition techniques and choreography.

You will be assessed through a range of assignments which include practical demonstrations and performances which are, in turn, supported by written coursework to inform your practice. There are no exams.

If you have less that grade C/4 in GCSE English or Maths, you will also study that subject at college.

Uniform is comfortable blacks. For example: black t-shirt, black leotard, black tights/leggings, hoodie & joggers/tracksuit. Ballet shoes are also required, along with tap shoes, ballet tights, New Yorkers (female students only).

Northbrook Theatre T-shirts, Hoodies, Joggers and onesies are available to buy directly from the department but are not compulsory.

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Charlotte Summers

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Entry Requirements:

To start on this course you need:

At least 3 GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, including English and maths
a relevant Level 1 qualification, including English and maths requirements and a tutor reference.

Applicants are auditioned.

(Students with at least 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/ 9-4 (including English) may be able to start on the Level 3 course instead.)

If English is not your first language, please click here for IELTS requirements.

Progression / Career:

After 1 year at Level 3 you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL) Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). This means you can apply for the Extended Diploma course (below).

After 2 years at Level 3 you can achieve a University of the Arts London (UAL) Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance). This is equivalent to 3 A Levels. This means you can apply for university level courses or seek work in industry. Students also apply to many other specialist courses at universities/drama schools. These have included Middlesex University, East 15, Central School of Speech and Drama, Laines, Guildhall, Guildford, Birds College, Tiffany’s, Roehampton University. The qualification attracts 72, 120 and 168 UCAS tariff points for Pass, Merit and Distinction grades respectively.

See UCAS tariff point values for these qualifications


Age 16-17 starters -You will not have to pay fees on condition you are still under 19 on 31st August in each year of the course.

Age 18+ starters – Some students may have to pay for part of their course. More information»

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Apply online or complete the application form obtainable from the College and send it to: 

Admissions Office
Northbrook Metropolitan College
Littlehampton Road
West Sussex
BN12 6NU

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