Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The HNC in Professional Dance Performance (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills in areas such as choreography, audition preparation, company working and the contextualisation of dance. It focuses primarily on practical learning and development in a variety of dance disciplines.
It also develops learners’ communication, self-evaluation, interpersonal, presentation and analytical skills, as well as professional attitudes which enhance employment prospects.
The HND in Professional Dance Performance (SCQF level 8) builds on the knowledge and skills of the HNC and it is also designed to develop and advance dance performance thorough working knowledge of the processes involved in preparing for audition.
This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years.
Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.
The Unit-based structure supports flexibility.
There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer programmes of study tailored to meet local needs.
This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).
The HNC and HND Professional Dance Performance are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:
Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.
Formal academic achievements will not be enough for entry. You may be expected to undertake a formal audition, in which you may be required to participate in a ballet class, jazz class and a commercial dance class.
If you have suitable work experience, you may be accepted for entry.
Learners who achieve an HNC Professional Dance Performance can progress to the HND in Professional Dance Performance (GH06 16).
HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study.
Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.
Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.
Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.
Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.
Assessment support packs will be available for a number of Units.
Group Award code: GH05 15 (96 SCQF credit points)
HNC Professional Dance Performance at SCQF level 7 consists of seven mandatory Units (80 SCQF credit points) plus further Units or Unit from the optional section equivalent to 2 SQA credits (16 SCQF credit points).
Group Award code: GH06 16 (240 SCQF credit points)
HND Professional Dance Performance at SCQF level 8 consists of 14 mandatory Units (168 SCQF credit points) plus further Units from the optional section equivalent to 9 SQA credits (72 SCQF credit points).
HNC and HND Professional Stage Dance
This Group Award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.
The lapsing date for this qualification is 01/08/2013.
The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/2016.
Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:
Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of three years
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