We offer three BTEC Dance courses to choose from which are outlined below. Each course provides you with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about dance. You will develop understanding, knowledge and critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within your own work and in professional repertoire. You will gain experience of choreography and performance through practice, gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works.
You will need to be willing to perform and step out of your comfort zone in terms of trying new choreographic techniques. You will need a passion for dance and an interest in the mechanics and development of professional dance pieces including the use of movement, theme, and features of production such as costume, lighting and set design.
Equivalent in size to one A Level made up of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory (83%). Two units are externally assessed (58%). The Extended Certificate is a two-year, full-time course that can be studied alongside other BTECs or A Levels if you want to study a range of disciplines within the subject and it supports progression to higher education courses in all areas.
Equivalent in size to two A Levels; there are 8 units of which 6 are mandatory and 2 elected. 46% (3 units) of the course is assessed externally. The Diploma is designed to be the substantive part of a 16–19 study programme for students who want a strong core of sector study. This programme may include other BTEC Nationals or A Levels to support progression to higher education courses in performing arts areas before entering employment.
Equivalent in size to three A Levels: there are 13 units of which 7 are mandatory. 42% (4 units) is externally assessed. The Extended Diploma is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right if you want to progress to higher education courses in performing arts areas before entering employment.
There are many units to study within the three courses some of which include:
You will be assessed in both practical and theory work. Externally assessed work will be filmed or written in exam conditions and sent off to the exam board. Internally assessed units are coursework based and assessed by the teacher.
Previous qualifications in GCSE or BTEC Dance are recommended but not required.
Dance can work well with a range of subjects. Those within the arts such as drama, music and art are most obvious, but in fact we have had students combine dance with maths, english, science as well as law, psychology and sociology. This is because the practical and theory elements of the dance course encourage skills useful in all subjects and adds variety to your portfolio of qualifications.
Many students who continue their studies in Dance choose to follow a degree path towards:
Some students also go on to study at dance conservatoires where they study courses in a range of dance styles.
Below are examples of courses our students have gone on to study.
We have had students go on to perform professionally in the UK and around the world, to become private dance teachers and teachers in education.