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Course outline

This BTEC course is for learners who are passionate about dance and are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in performing arts.

Course content

This qualification gives a broad introduction to the performing arts sector, with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills that are transferable across other sectors (including communication, presentation, physical and creative skills). 

You will study of a range of dance techniques, performance skills, choreography and the theoretical aspects of the art form.  The course is comprised of four units, of which three are mandatory and two are externally moderated.

The mandatory units studied are:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop

The additional fourth unit will be specific to the individuals’ expertise and dance style. As well as optional classic and contemporary dance styles. As well as Practical performance there is a large emphasis on evaluation and written work.

Learners are required to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole sector as relevant to a key task.

Entry requirements

GCSE or BTEC Dance (or equivalent) pass/grade 5. Students with no recognised dance qualification must be performing to a high standard of dance outside of school. GCSE English grade 5.

Career / higher education opportunities

Community arts worker, dancer, dance teacher, choreographer, dance degree

Course specification

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts