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Entry Requirements

Foundation Degree

The minimum academic entry requirement is

  • 5 GCSEs at A*-C (4-9) including English OR
  • 5 National 5 qualifications at A-C including English OR
  • 5 credit Standard grades OR
  • Equivalent local academic qualifications (please contact Ballet West if considering entry with non- UK qualifications)

The minimum dance entry requirement is to attend an audition and to be familiar with the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate syllabus, or equivalent.

BA(Hons) Degree

The minimum academic entry requirement is

  • Foundation Degree gained at Ballet West
  • Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject discipline
  • HND professional dance performance or similar dance related subject
  • Level 5 BA degree work in an appropriate subject discipline (Diploma in Higher Education)
  • Mature applicants without such a Level 5 qualification but with equivalent skills, knowledge and understanding gained through professional experience will also be considered.

Applicants without the Ballet West Foundation Degree may be required to undertake additional training to ensure equivalence to the Ballet West Foundation Degree.


Overseas Students

If you are an Overseas student, you will need a Tier 4 (general) visa from the UK Visa and Immigration service.  Students from non-majority English speaking countries are required to have a Secure English Language Test such as IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2, which is an overall IELTS band score of 6, with no element being less than 5.5. (further details of requirements for a student visa are to be found at https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa This site includes lists of countries considered to be English speaking and a list of the approved centres worldwide for the SELT).