Nova Arts College BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre

At the Nova Arts College we specialise in Commercial Dance and Musical Theatre. The course will provide students with intensive full-time training in Commercial, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Musical Theatre responding to the demands and expectations of the ever-evolving dance industry. Students will also be guided in developing their creative and choreography skills as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of the entrepreneurial aspects within such a competitive industry.

Location: Come and visit the stunning professional venue at Nova Arts College (Building 1, Peel Parade, S702RN) where you will be studying, meet the tutors and find out all about the Level 3 course.

Course details:

This BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A-levels) is a 2 year, full time education programme based within the college

The main purpose of our course is to encourage students to explore the world of dance and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to develop and continue their journey in the dance industry and to achieve the kind of career they once dreamed about.

Course Content

The Nova Arts College team of top professional teachers, choreographers and directors ensures we provide the highest quality training, education and industry guidance to further our learners careers.  Learners will take part in a range of performing arts disciplines including commercial dance, contemporary, ballet, Jazz and musical theatre.

We are here to inspire and encourage students along their learner journey and our course will cover the traditional styles of dance whilst incorporating the up to date styles of the constantly evolving demands of the industry.  Working alongside the biggest names in the industry, Nova can provide unlimited opportunities for all students, including both locally and on an international level.

What you’ll get

  • Unique BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dance (Musical Theatre) qualification earning up to 168 UCAS points
  • High level, pure dance training
  • Trained by highly skilled, experienced professional dancers
  • Cutting edge facilities including dance and performing arts studios
  • Excellent public performance opportunities
  • Direct route to Dance/Performing Arts
  • Degrees or specialist dance schools
  • Introductions to specialist schools
  • IDTA qualifications

Where will I study

Learners will be based primarily in the Nova Arts College purpose built professional studios just outside Barnsley town centre.   This will give learners the opportunity to learn, work and train alongside professional dance teachers daily, adding to the unique vocational nature of the education programme.

How can I enrol?

You will need four GCSEs grade 4 or above (including Maths and English) and you will also need to audition.  As spaces on this course are limited you will be shortlisted for audition. The audition itself will consist of meeting the dance teachers, participate in dance, musical theatre and technique workshops followed by an individual audition and interview.

Student support

We genuinely care about our leaners and The Lead Academy has an excellent track record of supporting students (including GCSE resits), offering assistance with studies, finance, careers guidance, preparing UCAS forms and a range of other services to ensure you make the most of your time with us and achieve your ambitions.

Find out more and apply

Come and visit the stunning professional venue at Nova Arts College (Building 1, Peel Parade, S702RN) where you will be studying, meet the tutors and find out all about the Level 3 course.

Register you interest by emailing or filling your form in  You can also get in touch with Nova Arts College directly or call 07939223114

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