Type: Higher Education
Qualification: Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Contemporary Dance
Duration: 1 year (full-time) September - July
Validated by: University of Kent
The Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance is a course specifically designed for preparing dance artists to undertake further in-depth professional training. Previously known as the Foundation/ Access to HE course, this programme provides an insight into the three year full-time degree and has an excellent record for helping students to access conservatoires and Higher Education. Students are enriched by a range of technical, creative and performance experiences in a variety of contexts, all of which support them at the start of their journey towards a career in dance. 82% of students who completed this programme in 2022 progressed to further dance training either at NSCD, another conservatoire or other university.
This programme is also suitable for 16/17-year-olds as a full-time alternative access route to Higher Education.
Applications for 2024 entry open in October 2023
Through the programme students embrace a range of industry relevant modes of working, such as Ballet and Contemporary techniques, Improvisation, Choreography, Contextual studies, Performance and Dance repertoire, in order to give them a thorough grounding in traditional theatre practice.
Please note: this course is suited to individuals who need more time to develop their technique and creative skills in order to meet the criteria for entry onto our degree programme. It is also a recommended route of study for applicants who are looking for a one-year intensive programme of study, or are undecided whether they are ready to commit to three years full time training. This programme is also suitable for the very talented 16-17 year olds as a full time alternative access route to Higher education.
The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for either 15 or 30 academic credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10-20 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, directed study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 37-45 credits per term. All students take a total of 120 credits for the CertHE as a whole.
NSCD programmes of study are validated by the University of Kent. The Programme Specification is available here: CERTHE Contemporary Dance – Programme Specification
For CertHE-level courses we welcome applicants aged 16+ (including mature applicants).
Entry to this course is through successful audition and interview.
Additionally, candidates will usually have gained:
(Equivalent qualifications may also be accepted depending on the strength of the grades achieved. Equivalent overseas qualifications are also accepted.)
Applicants who don’t meet the usual entry requirements will need to complete a Matriculation Task as part of their entry.
If you have any questions about entry requirements or require further information, contact email@example.com
You are taught through a combination of practical classes and workshops, lectures and seminars. Seminars and small group tutorials enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your academic tutors. You use industry-standard facilities throughout your course.
At level 4 (as a guide) you typically have around 21 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
NSCD employs a wide variety of assessment methods including formative, continuous and summative assessment.
Assessment evidence is collected through:
Students receive ongoing feedback in practical classes and through the tutorial system in which professional and academic development are considered and evaluated.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 21 hours per week, on top of this independent learning which is expected to be at least 1.5 hours per module, rehearsals (varies) and assessment activity with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 28 hours. While your actual contact hours may depend on the modules being delivered each term e.g. intensive rehearsal. The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
We are devoted to the experience we give our students. Based on a comparison with other HE Dance degrees of the same price, we offer the following as ‘value added’: