Pre-Vocational Training Programme

Pre-Vocation Training Course – Update for 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)

ON-LINE  OPEN EVENING – Thursday 11th February from 6.30pm 

Register for the Open Evening here

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  courses in either street or contemporary dance. 

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 with 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 link for further details:

DANCE – click here

URBAN DANCE – click here


If you are interested in finding out more about the Pre-Vocational Training Programme why not come along to one of our Open Days.  

 ON-LINE OPEN EVENING – Thursday 11th February from 6.30pm  – to register please click here



 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, street dance course or contemporary dance course. 



Next intake September 2021 

 Street Dance Programme  – Applications NOW OPEN

Dance Programme – Applications NOW OPEN

The courses

The aims of the both 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) £125 per year

Access to HE Diploma (Street Dance) £125 per 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. 

  • There is access to a Bursary fund available (subject to eligibility criteria, which is determined on an individual case by case basis)
  • In addition, there is a hardship fund which may help to support with additional costs

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

Course content

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Street 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