• Code: PD
  • Certification:

    BTEC National Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance Pathway) Level 5 equivalence on the NFQ (500/6919/6) 
  • Duration: One Year 


This exciting new programme skills the dance practitioner/learner and prepares them for entry into today’s industry of dance. It provides the learner with an understanding of the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in dance. The emphasis is on performance, technique and choreography. The one year course gives the learner a comprehensive knowledge of various dance styles and related subjects and allows them the opportunity to develop his/her potential. The course aims to provide a foundation for further studies in dance. It offers a direct route to the Higher National Diploma which will enable learners to proceed to a top up year at University to achieve a B.A. Honours in Dance.

Programme of Study
  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Dance Performance
  • Dance Research
  • Jazz Dance
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Performance Workshops


Also included are:

  • Injury Prevention
  • Improvisation
  • Nutrition for the Dancer
  • Pointe Work
  • Rehearsal and Live Performance Skills

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Full QQI level 4 or equivalent in dance
  • Mature applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Places are offered following successful interview and audition.

Learners should have some previous experience in dance.

Career Opportunities
  • Professional Performance
  • Teacher
  • Dance in the Community
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance Therapy
Higher Education Progression*


  • Performing Arts – Dance (BTEC Higher National Diploma) 
Course Co-Ordinator

Eimear Byrne

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

I studied at Bife from 2012 until 2015, where I completed the foundation level dance and Advanced Dance, years 1 and 2 with a Higher National Diploma at distinction level.

I went on to complete my final top up year in dance at The Performing Arts Studio Scotland, Edinburgh College, where I graduated with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Dance.

After graduating I auditioned for Disneyland Paris, France, where I successfully received a dance contract to work as a dancer, parade performer and face character.  I am currently still working here today; dancing in parades and shows and loving every minute of it.

Prior to attending Bife I had no real experience of dance technique, however, BIFE taught me the foundations of techniques across all dance styles which has taken me to where I am today. I could not have asked for a better head start to my dancing career. It was there that I found my true love and appreciation for dance.  The tutors take immense pride and care in each one of their students and without their faith and support, I would not be where I am today. - Nicole Maguire

"After a memorable three years in B.I.F.E I have gained a wide range of skills along with valuable knowledge that has been a great asset to me in furthering my career. I am currently studying in the University of Sunderland to obtain a BA Hons Degree in Dance. I firmly believe I would not have got this opportunity without the help and support from all at B.I.F.E." - Aisling Nally

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