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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 or 2 Years (depending year of entry)

This NQ Dance course provides you with an introduction to a broad range of dance styles and related subjects. The emphasis is on gaining practical skills but knowledge will be broadened by theoretical study and experience in a variety of dance contexts.

What will I learn?

The course is offered over two years, and if successful you will be placed on either Year 1 (SCQF Levels 4-5) or Year 2 (SCQF Levels 5-7), depending on individual experience.  NQ Dance provides the strongest preparation and foundation for entry to HND Dance Artists.

  • Body conditioning
  • Choreography
  • Classical ballet
  • Contemporary dance
  • Dance appreciation
  • Dance etiquette and personal development
  • Dance improvisation
  • Exercise and fitness: Gymnasium
  • ISTD examinations syllabi
  • Jazz dance
  • Performance skills
  • Pilates
  • Preparation for audition
  • Stage make-up
  • Street dance / Hip Hop
  • Tap dance

The award-winning Dance Studio Scotland is based in the fantastic purpose-built facility at Glasgow Clyde College's Anniesland Campus.

Equipped with three large studios and a multi-gym, it offers a thorough and disciplined four year professional training which prepares students for a variety of careers in the dance industry.  Alongside recognised SQA qualifications at NC/HNC/HND levels, there is also the opportunity to take ISTD examinations in classical ballet, tap, modern and jazz as part of a course of full-time study.  The outstanding teaching faculty has had extensive performing, teaching and choreographic experience and the department enjoys a very high level of graduate success.

Watch the highlights from this year's Pulse performance .

Entry requirements (minimum)

Entry is subject to a practical audition and group interview.

  • A minimum of four passes at National 5, or equivalent, one of which must be English.
  • Physical potential for professional dance training
  • If you do not have the formal qualifications, but have relevant dance experience and excellent fitness levels, you may be considered.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Students at Glasgow Clyde College frequently work with professional dancers and industry bodies. We regularly invite world class guests from the professional world into the department which provides a rich source of inspiration and allows our students to network. We have hosted and participated in workshops/ residencies with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, BalletBoyz and the National Dance Company of Wales. In addition, we commission at least one new piece of professional choreographic work per year which allows the HND students to forge working relationships with potential employers.

Jobs and further study

This course is designed to progress to HND Dance Artists at Glasgow Clyde College and provides the strongest possible foundation for study at HE level.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Government restrictions permitting, you will be given a 'live' audition date which will take place at our studios, in Glasgow. You do not have to prepare anything in advance and information will be sent out detailing the content of the audition. You will be given a decision on the day.  
  • Alternatively, you will be invited to submit filmed dance material for a ‘virtual’ audition. Details of exactly what you should include will be attached to the invitation and you should aim to send your short film within one week. We aim to inform you of the outcome within 48 hours of receipt of your video audition. The competition for places is high and we advise that you do not delay this stage.
  • If an offer is made, you must accept within 14 days or risk losing your place. 
  • An invitation to our end-of-term production and an introductory Day of Dance will be sent in May.
  • Uniform requirements will be outlined at the Day of Dance in June. 
  • Joining Instructions will normally be sent in early July.
  • Separate email will be sent direct from Funding for Bursary/EMA application (usually be end of June).

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078