BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate


Why should I study this course?

If you enjoy learning and creating performances in a range of different dance styles including Contemporary, Jazz and Modern then you should choose to study Dance. You'll take part in regular technique and creative classes working towards a mid-year and end of year show.

Watch this short video presentation from our Katie (our Dance teacher) and Lewis (one of our Theatre, Music Performance and Music Tech teachers) to find out more about these courses, our 100% pass rates and the opportunities studying these subjects can lead to.


What will I study?

Unit 3- Group Performance In this unit, you will learn how to respond to a given stimulus as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop performance material and later present an informal presentation of the work to an invited audience. As a member of a team, you will contribute to the creative development and rehearsal process, shaping and refining the work and applying performance and teamwork skills. You will share responsibility for creative decisions regarding the nature and direction of the intended performance, and your individual contribution will reflect your own skills through the group’s interests and ideas.

Unit 34- Developing skills and Techniques for Performance In this unit, you will develop the appropriate skills and techniques for a performance discipline. You will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises where you will acquire, practise and develop the necessary technical, practical and interpretative performance skills to help you succeed when performing live to an audience. You will work with existing performance works, analysing and interpreting the material in order to understand and apply the relevant skills and techniques appropriate to the style.

Unit 10- Jazz Dance Technique In this unit, you will develop skills and techniques that will enable you to understand the key technical and stylistic features of jazz dance through participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance work. By learning and watching different styles of jazz dance, you will develop an understanding of the diversity of this dance form and the practitioners who have influenced the development of the style. You will reflect on your progress as you develop skills and techniques, setting targets and reviewing your progress.

Unit 12- Contemporary Dance Technique In this unit, you will develop the skills needed to be a contemporary dancer by participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance. You will gain an understanding of this dance style and the key influences on its development through research and practical application. Throughout your learning and development you will be taught how to reflect on your progress and practice, which will support your development as a dancer.

Unit 14- Choreography for Live performance In this unit, you will explore and develop the skills required to enable you to respond to a choreographic brief and realise your ideas for a live performance. Throughout your learning and development you will be taught how to reflect on your progress, which will support your development and creative practice.

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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.  You will complete regular dance rehearsal diary entries to record your progress throughout the course.

What materials will I need to provide?

You will need to purchase suitable dance clothing and have a leotard and leggings for assessments (costumes will go over these). It is better to dance in something that does not restrict your movement. The course is danced in any of the following; bare feet, ballet shoes, contemporary shoes or Jazz shoes.

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, which will link to the work we set you to do over the summer before you enrol. This  Summer Work will require you to complete a research task and a creative task.

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