Pre-Vocational Training Programme

Enriching lives through dance

Our Pre-Vocational Training Programme is for those looking at a possible career as a dancer or performer.

Entry in September 2021

One year full-time course for 17+ years

Two year, part-time course for 16+ years 

Entry requirements: 5 GCSE’s at Grades 4 and above to include Maths & English


Choose from two courses: 

  1. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Dance) or
  2. Access to Higher Education Diploma (Street Dance)


To find out about course content, teachers, funding and entry please click on the course you are interested in.


The PVTP is for you if:

  • you feel you need an extra year of training before auditioning for further training
  • you are currently studying for A Levels/BTEC  but wish to do a more practical course or have decided that academic A Levels are not for you.

Both courses are led by professionals from the dance industry and are designed to give young dancers the required high-level dance skills along with the academic qualification to progress onto training at one of the country’s leading dance conservatoires or vocational colleges.

You can achieve up to 144 UCAS points if you receive distinctions for all graded assignments. See the UCAS calculator for more information click here.  

Open Evenings  

Attend an online opening evening to learn more about the courses and discover what training at Swindon Dance is like. You will have the chance to chat with the staff and have any questions answered.

  • Thursday 29th April from 6.30pm 



Apply Now 

If you have already attended an open day and/or familiar with the programme and would like to apply you will need to complete an online application form. Once you have completed the form we would be delighted to see you at one of our forthcoming auditions. Simply choose which course you want to join and register for the appropriate audition. 

Complete an online application form for entry in September 2021, here: 

To apply for the Access to Higher Education Diploma in DANCE  click here

To apply for the Access to Higher Education Diploma in STREET DANCE click here


For further information, email Programme Manager Catherine Lee,  click here.

Tel: 01793 601701 

This programme of training runs in partnership with New College, Swindon 

Swindon Dance is an accredited CERTA centre 

This programme of study is classified as; Access to Higher Education Diploma, AVA Learning Programme.

All information complies with the; QAA Recognition Scheme for Access to Higher Education – The Access to Higher Education Diploma Specification 2013 


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