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  1. Whilst broadly correct it’s not totally accurate to say that all degree courses (including some of the institutions named) get full student funding. The difference lies lies in how the degree is accredited. If a university or Conservatoire runs its own degree (eg Chichester,Trinity) then full student finance is available to cover tuition fees. If a university sub-contracts a degree course out to a college (eg. Hammond/Chester, Bird/Greenwich, GSA/Surrey) then again full student funding is available. However if a college runs its its own independent degree course which is merely accredited by an awarding institution (eg. Arts Ed) then it is classed as a private college and a maximum of £6,000 per annum funding for tuition fees is available from Student Finance (fees at Arts Ed are £15,360 per annum) I’m in a caravan at the moment! But when im back at work I have a spreadsheet I created detailing exactly which degree courses offer what funding. It will be a little out of date as I created it in September (Urdang for example have made some changes since then) but it may be a starting point.
  2. They are both Level 6 on the Qualifications Framework so are both the same standard but the diploma does not contain the academic content the degree does. Because of this you can top up the Level 6 diploma to a full degree by completing a distance learning course with a university. Most degree courses have academic entry requirements the average 16 year old will not have attained yet (the exception being a few classical ballet degree courses where you don’t need Level 3 Qualifications to gain entry) so the diploma is often offered on dance courses who admit 16 year olds. Also the maximum amount of tuition fees an institution offering the degree course gets is the £9,250 whereas tuition fees for diploma courses are often £12-14k. Some colleges feel they can offer more contact hours etc for the higher amount. No one looking to employ a performer is going to care about whether you have a degree or diploma. They will only care that someone has trained professionally at a recognised institution and can do the job. Its only if you want to move into sn area such as teaching in a school or college or a more academic field that a degree can make a difference
  3. It depends on how long the child has been studying ballet, their aptitude and how much emphasis the dance school put on exams as opposed to non syllabus work or festivals but on average I’d expect a child just going into Year 5 to be working at around Grade 2/3 Level.
  4. Birmingham Ormiston Academy. It’s a 14-18 state funded high school along the same lines as the BRIT school.
  5. What’s her gut feeling? I know of young people who have trained at both places (I know more about the one at Performers than Urdang) but they are very different people/dancers. Both are working.
  6. And also everything is a bit too sparkly.
  7. The prices in dollars and lack of clarity with regards to shipping costs/import taxes puts me off instantly. Plus the photos of the leotards look rather home made. The sizings too (what exactly is 2T?) and the potential cost of returning something that doesn't fit to the US would again put me off.
  8. Have you been sent a uniform list yet? I'd hold on unless you know they don't mind. For tap shoes a lot of colleges seem to like full sole Oxfords, the brand depends on your feet (Bloch for wide, Capezio for narrow etc etc). The college may have a preference between black or tan character heels/New Yorkers.
  9. Having been pretty certain that LSC required level 3 qualifications which precluded most English educated 16 year olds it appears they are now accepting 16 year olds onto one of their dance courses (not Theatre dance though). This must be very new.
  10. And of course you asked applicants. I have no idea what the total number of applicants including those who didn't get to finals was.
  11. Yes, that all rings a bell Billy
  12. In which case dippy I would reccomend that she consider taking a science, particularly Biology which opens the door to Sports Science/Physiotherapy type degrees. Chemistry and Maths are also regarded for these courses.
  13. There was a very talented & very tall young lady at Hammond a few years back who was deeemd to be too tall by some colleges/ballet companies but she is now earning a living (as reported in a recent newspaper article) and by all accounts having a fantastic time with a company who values highly trained dancers with a ballet background but requires a minimum height of 5ft 9. So I believe that if you have the talent the jobs are there but you may have to lookoutside the box.
  14. The number of MDS places varies year by year and often depends on how many Year 11's who will be leaving are in receipt of an MDS. The year my dd joined I know that 7 MDS were given out in Year 7 but by the time she reached Year 11 new students had joined who were given an MDS. A couple of years ago there were approx 40 children at finals/on the funding list and 14 MDS available (of which year 7 got most but year 10 got some too) but that was a high year. I beleive (anecdotal only though) that this year is a lower year in terms of number of MDS available and I don't kow how many were on the finals list (taking note that Year 10 entrants don't attend finals)
  15. I'm fairly sure employer pension contributions were not taken into account. I did have to provide dividend statements and interest earned from savings as well as P60's. I took photocopies of what I sent off but am not 100% sure of where they are. I'll have a look. I know that if you have a company car etc you have to provide your P11D.
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