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Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance


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I am trying to understand how the Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance is earned over the three years at Upper School. If a dancer enters upper school in Year 12 (or Y1 of Upper School) and completes three years of upper school (through year 14 or the graduate year) I understand a Level 6 Diploma is awarded. Apparently, if a dancer joins the upper school at Year 13 (or Y2), a Level 5 Diploma may be earned. What happens if a dancer leaves the Upper School after completing Year 12 and 13, and goes to dance in company instead of doing the graduate year? Can that dancer still earn the Level 5 Diploma, and work towards a Bachelors of Arts "top off" at University? I understand that both ENB and Elmhurst students received Diplomas through Trinity College and can then pursue the BA through Middlesex University as part of a distance learning program? Apparently, RBS offers a similar program. I would like to know more specifically about those schools, but would interested in learning how any upper schools approach the Professional Dance Diploma to Bachelor's of Arts degree. TIA

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Your name says it all!!! Ha ha! It is all so confusing & ambiguous  so research & asking questions is key….

We discovered that you have to be enrolled on either the Level 5 or the Level 6. 
If enrolled only on Level 6 you need to complete the 3 years. If there is a risk DC might leave after 2, ensure they are registered on Level 5 to get a Diploma otherwise they could leave with nothing. I worried about the drop out rats with injuries/change of ambitions etc so asked these Q….had to do a lot of digging to truly understand. So, sign up for level 5 & get that diploma after 2 years (if work & modules completed to satisfactory standards of course) If then stay on for third year you can re-register for Level 6. This will incur an additional fee. 
Not all the schools that offer Level 6 actually offer Level 5 (check on Trinity website) - I guess as the expectation will be to complete 3 years. 
What is also surprising is that the Level 5 is deemed suitable prior learning to straight away enter for one year top up degree (eg. Middlesex/Laine) 

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15 minutes ago, Peanut68 said:

Your name says it all!!! Ha ha! It is all so confusing & ambiguous  so research & asking questions is key….

We discovered that you have to be enrolled on either the Level 5 or the Level 6. 
If enrolled only on Level 6 you need to complete the 3 years. If there is a risk DC might leave after 2, ensure they are registered on Level 5 to get a Diploma otherwise they could leave with nothing. I worried about the drop out rats with injuries/change of ambitions etc so asked these Q….had to do a lot of digging to truly understand. So, sign up for level 5 & get that diploma after 2 years (if work & modules completed to satisfactory standards of course) If then stay on for third year you can re-register for Level 6. This will incur an additional fee. 
Not all the schools that offer Level 6 actually offer Level 5 (check on Trinity website) - I guess as the expectation will be to complete 3 years. 
What is also surprising is that the Level 5 is deemed suitable prior learning to straight away enter for one year top up degree (eg. Middlesex/Laine) 

Great advice! If its one thing I have learned as a dance mum it is that --  you never know what might happen! tysm

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