Higher National


In Performing Arts (Dance) Level 4 + 5

Addict Dance Academy delivers a Higher National Diploma in dance, a full time dance course designed for training performers who want to pursue a career within the dance industry. This popular course provides professional dance training in commercial dance, urban, jazz, cabaret, musical theatre, ballet, tap, singing, acting, choreography, community dance, pointe work, pas de deux and heel class. All of these classes are taught professionals currently dancing in the industry with Rita Ora, Cheryl Cole, Mariah Carey, and Nick Jonas or working on The Voice, X Factor, Jasmine Vardamon company, CATS the musical, New Adventures and The Royal Ballet.

We have very close links to the industry and its employers, as a result of which all of our graduates are now working all around the world in professional dance companies, on cruise ships, freelancing, teaching, dancing on X Factor and even developing singing careers in Los Angeles!

This intense full time course is full of professional opportunities such as performing in UK pantomime productions, termly performances, agency auditions, dancing on X Factor (both UK and European), performing in dance videos and working alongside professionals to gain experience and industry insight.

If you are dedicated and passionate about dance and think you have what it takes to become a professional dancer, then this course will provide you with all the opportunities for a professional career in dance!  

Jazz, Ballet, Commercial, Tap, Acting, Singing, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Urban, Performing Arts Industry, Contemporary, Professional Development, Popular Entertainment. Levelled classes for technique.  

Our Higher National Diploma in Dance is run in partnership with University Centre Peterborough and you will be jointly enrolled with them, which brings added value to the qualification.

Course Price


Additional Costs

Uniform Fee: £200
Enrichment Fee: £250 per year


This course is fully funded by Student Finance England and a discretionary maintenance loan can be applied for to support living expenses. For more information about fees, funding and the bursaries available for students visit

Entry Requirements

Prior knowledge & skill in Performing Arts

Entry onto the course can also be determined through assessing Accredited Prior Learning. More information about this can be found at If you do not feel you meet the minimum requirements for the course, you are still encouraged to get in touch so we can discuss your options.

If your application is approved you will be invited to an audition which will include a commercial, jazz and ballet class, and a one to one interview.
If you wish to prepare a song then this is optional, not compulsory.

If English is not your first language you will require a recognised Level 2 English language qualification or an IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language qualification.

In some circumstances, Addict Dance Academy, in conjunction with our partners will allow for Exceptional Admissions. If you think you qualify for this, please contact us for more details and discuss your options.

Assessment Models

Assessments will be conducted through real life experiences with professional choreographers and employers as well as performances, workshops, mixed media, portfolios, presentations and reflective writing.  

Progression Route

On completion of the course you could progress onto a third year of a BA Hons course at the discretion of the University you apply to or enter the industry as a professional dancer, dance teacher, fitness instructor or a community dance practitioner or an events manager. We have graduates who have successfully gained employment with Rita Ora, Nicki Minaj, Black Eyed Peas, Camila Cabello, Dubai Entertainments, as a Professional Singer in LA, Thriller Live, Stefflon Don, Jack and Jack, Wand many more. See alumni.
This course is fully funded by Student Finance England and a discretionary maintenance loan can be applied for to support living expenses.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • The Performing Arts Industry (Pearson Set) (15 credits)
  • Professional Development (15 credits)
  • Jazz Dance 1 (15 credits)
  • Ballet 1 (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Dance 1 (15 credits)
  • Commercial Dance 1 (15 credits)
  • Tap 1 (15 credits)
  • Dance for Camera (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Creative Research (Pearson-Set) (30 credits)
  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry (15 credits)
  • Jazz Dance 2 (15 credits)
  • Ballet 2 (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Dance 2 (15 credits)
  • Commercial Dance 2 (15 credits)
  • Dance for Musical Theatre (15 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

  • For details of progression and module scenarios please refer to the Academic Regulations.
  • For details of assessment offences please refer to Academic Offence Policy.
  • For details of how we will inform you of changes to modules please refer to page 2 of the terms and conditions.

The course is validated by Pearson Edexcel