Performing Arts (Dance)

BTEC Extended Certificate

Performing Arts (Dance)

Why should I study this course?

You should choose to study dance if you enjoy learning and creating performances in modern dance. It is a very lively, practical course with many opportunities for performances, most of which form part of your assessment. The course is 80% practical and 20% theoretical in the first year and for anyone who wants to progress to the second year is it 70% practical and 30% theoretical. This course is equivalent to one AS Level in the first year and a full A Level in the second year.

What will I study?

Year One Units

Unit 38 - Dance Performance focuses on learning dances that are choreographed by your tutor in three different dance styles - Street Dance, Contemporary and Rock and Roll. At the end of each dance learnt you will perform them to an audience and be assessed on your ability to reproduce the steps and style. In addition, you are graded on your effort and attitude to learning the dance and you keep a working diary in which you comment on your strengths, weaknesses and goals.
Unit 40 – Choreographing Dances centres around our choreographing skills. Firstly you will compose a report about how dances are put together which is followed by choreographing a dance using different styles in small groups. The last assignment includes creating your own solo using various styles of dance and performing this to an audience.
Unit 41- Dance Improvisation focuses upon creating dances with themes and stories from chosen stimuli. This unit is unique in that it also requires you to learn about key practitioners and how to use your creative spontaneity to develop and choreograph dance performances.

Year Two Units

Unit 42 – The Healthy Performer this unit involves learning about how the dancer’s body works in performance, dance injuries and prevention and healthy eating for a dancer. You will compose a report on how the body works in performance, put a fitness programme together which you will try out in our very own college gym and prepare a presentation on dance injuries and diet for a dancer.
Unit 7 - Performing to an Audience. In this unit you will undertake a dance in education project where you will visit a local primary school to perform a dance that you have choreographed on a given theme. This is followed by a workshop with the primary school children. This unit is great fun and the children are always very excited about seeing our performances.
Unit 54 - Dance Appreciation. In this unit you will learn about two particular choreographers, write a report about them, perform in their dance styles and choreograph a dance in groups based on a combination of their styles. The choreographers you will study are Lea Anderson and Siobhan Davies. The last performance will be performed in the annual dance show as part of your assessment.

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How is the course assessed?

The course is structured by assignments and every task you are asked to do will feature within one of the assignments. There are usually 3 assignments per unit per year. Most of the assignments include practical performances that are assessed by your tutor.

What will the course prepare me for?

You can progress to a number of careers or to higher education from this course. Many of our students go on to university to study dance, choreography, dance therapy, creative, media and performing arts courses with great success. Past students have become professional dancers on cruise ships or work and perform for dance companies, or as dance and PE teachers, red coat entertainers and children’s entertainers.

Private study

You will be given one homework task per week. This homework task will be something which requires you to think around the subject you are studying and will further your knowledge accordingly. Sometimes you may have to complete an assignment outside of lesson time which may involve rehearsing, report writing or performing.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need to purchase some comfy clothes. It is better to dance in something that does not restrict your movement. Leotards and other dance clothes you may have worn when younger are not necessary. The course is danced in bare feet, jazz shoes or ballet pumps.

How will I be taught?

The lessons will be mostly practical but some theoretical exploration will be needed depending on the topic being covered.

This course is for you if...

You love to perform and are creative. If you enjoy practical work and learning new skills.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three subjects including a 3 (D) in GCSE English Language.

Previous dance experience is desirable. You will be required to undertake an informal audition in the first week of the course.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2019 however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2020 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Enthusiasm
  • Commitment
  • Energy