Pre-Vocational Training Programme

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

The programme gives you the opportunity to start your training here in Swindon on one of  two full-time courses in urban or& contemporary dance.
Both courses are led by professionals from the dance industry, and are designed to give young dancers the required high level dance skills with along with the academic qualification to progress onto training at one of the country’s leading dance conservatoires or vocational colleges.

For 16+ years

Choose from two courses:

  1. Access to Higher Education Diploma (dance) or
  2. Access to Higher Education Diploma (urban dance)


You can achieve up to 144 UCAS points if you receive distinctions for all graded assignments. See link for further details:


If you are interested in finding out more about the Pre-Vocational Training Programme why not come along to one of our Open Days:
Next Open Day –
Wednesday 1st April 2020, 3pm – 5.30pm

This event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus


Attend an audition

 If you have already attended an open day and/or familiar with the programme and would like to audition then 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, urban dance course or contemporary dance course. To register for an audition simply for the link below

Next intake September 2020

May auditions:

Contemporary programme; Saturday 30th May 2020; 10.30am – 12.30pm 

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Urban programme; Saturday 30th May 2020; 1.30pm – 4pm 

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The courses

The aims of the courses are:

  • to enable students to develop academic, technical, study and personal skills to a level which prepares them for HE level programmes
  • to introduce students to the fundamental skills on which successful careers in Dance are built
  • to introduce students to the nature of the demands of vocational training in Dance.

The Access to HE Diploma qualifications are based on units of assessment.  The credit value of each qualification is 60 credits. Students must pass all units to gain the qualification. Of the 60 credits, 45 must be from graded units covering academic subject content, with the remaining 15 credits to be achieved from ungraded units.


Access to HE Diploma (Dance) – £315 per term (based on 3 terms a year)

Access to HE Diploma (Urban Dance) – £315 per term (based on 3 terms a year)

Both qualifications have been allocated 16-19 government funding. All students aged 16-19 years of age will be able to access this funding, therefore the qualification will be free and students will be expected to cover the cost above for enhancement training. Students aged over the age of 19 can pay for the course, please get in touch for further details. 

Scholarships are available. Please email if you would like to be considered for a scholarship-


Entry is by application and audition. Next audition is on Saturday 30th May 2020  
Auditions will include practical classes, solo and interview. Further details will follow once an application form is completed. 

Course content

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Urban Dance) – read more

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Dance) – read here

For further information email 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