Dance – BTEC

Specification title

BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Dance)
Equivalent in size to 1 A level, 2 A levels or 3 A levels (depending on the course chosen).

Entry requirements

Ideally you will have successfully completed a Level 2 Dance qualification prior to starting this course; however, this is not compulsory; BTEC courses are suitable for a wide range of abilities.

Overview

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is suited to students who have an appetite to develop their skills and knowledge in Dance. There is a particular emphasis on performance and you will study a wide range of styles.

This is a vocational course – in other words, it is practical and takes a real-world approach to learning. You should enjoy going to see professional work and taking part in practical workshops.

Learning

Some students thrive during the pressure of exams; others often fail to achieve their potential due to worries or nerves. On a BTEC, your progress is measured throughout the course, allowing you to reflect on your own performance on a continual basis.

Some of the work you will be expected to produce will be in written form, but you will also be required to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in practical situations.

Each unit is split into assignments and you will have criteria to meet at a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Course structure

The 1 A level course is made up of four units:

  • Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work
    How long: The set task will be completed in three hours within the assessment period
    Creating the task: You will be provided with the set task booklet for a six-week term time period in order to carry out investigation and critical analysis in advance.
  • Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop
    How long: The final evidence will be completed in 5 hours under supervised conditions.
    Creating the task: You will be provided with the set task booklet in January in order to prepare for the development and completion of your group performance and your digital process log
  • Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
    The development of skills in two dance styles over one year that is continuously assessed
    Plus, one other unit selected in line with the strengths of the group: (Contemporary Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet, Tap Dance, Choreography, Healthy Dancer, Improvisation)

The 2 A level course has a total of 8 units, made up of the above plus; Performing Arts in the Community, Individual Performance Commission and Final Live Performance

The 3 A level course has a total of 13 units made up of the above plus; Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts

Progression

The BTEC Level 3 Dance courses are two year qualifications broadly equivalent to one, two or three GCE A levels depending on pathway chosen and can be taken alongside other more traditional qualifications.