Level 3 Professional Performance Programme – Dance
This intensive, full-time course focuses primarily on dance in various forms, along with additional classes in acting and singing technique. You will be continually supported as you extend your skills in a range of styles and will be given the opportunity to take part in a number of public shows, some that you may audition for and others that you will automatically be cast in as part of your course. You will also be taught the skills you need to pass auditions so that you can continue your training at one of the top dance schools or universities in the UK.
91% of students who apply, gain places at accredited dance and drama schools. We take the best young performers in the North West and help them to develop the skills that allow them to progress on to the most prestigious dance schools and universities in the UK.
- Course Information
The Professional Performance Programme (PPP) is a challenging and rewarding course that is only available at Runshaw. It offers intensive, high-quality training for motivated students who want to pursue careers in the performing arts. Whereas A Levels focus more on theory than practical work, the PPP teaches hands-on performance skills and thus gives students a much better chance of passing auditions for prestigious dance, drama and musical theatre schools.
On this pathway, you will be encouraged to develop your skills in a range of styles. Ballet sessions will help you to develop your technique throughout the two years, along with classes in jazz, commercial, and urban dance. You will study different approaches to contemporary dance, and will be taught to choreograph your own material. You will also take part in major dance shows to public audiences with an opportunity to showcase your own choreography.
- Entry Requirements
You need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalents).
N.B. GCSEs must include maths and / or English grade C in one and no less than a grade D in the other – preferably grade C in both. If a student has a D in either maths or English, they will need to re-take the GCSE in that subject.
In order to maintain the high quality of the Professional Performance Programme, applicants must also pass an audition. This ensures that all the students on the PPP have the necessary level of skill and commitment to succeed. Applicants who do not yet meet the standard for the Level 3 qualification may be offered a place on the PPP: Foundation – a one-year course designed to develop students’ skills to a level where they will then be able to progress onto the PPP Level 3.
- How will I be assessed?
You will take part in a number of projects over the two years. Most assessments last for 6-8 weeks and consist of skills classes where you are taught relevant techniques and then development sessions where you apply those techniques and then perform in front of a live audience. You will also complete project books and evaluations for some of the practical work that you have done on the course. All of these will take the form of coursework as there are no written exams. On completion of the course, you will gain an Extended Diploma from the University of the Arts London.
- Progression Pathway
A high proportion of our students move on to prestigious institutions. In 2016, 75% of the students who applied gained places at accredited dance and drama schools; no other college in the North West can match these statistics.
Some of the places that our students have progressed to include:
- Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA)
- Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
- Rose Bruford College
- Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
- Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
- East 15 Acting School
- American Academy of Dramatic Art
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.