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Performing Arts (Dance)

  • BTEC level 3 extended certificate
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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 70% practical and 30% theoretical in the second year.

You should choose to study dance if you enjoy learning and creating performances in a range of different dance styles including Contemporary, Jazz and Modern. It is a lively, practical course with many opportunities for you to perform. You will take part in regular technique and creative classes, working towards mid and end of year shows. You will study five units: group performance, developing skills and techniques for performance, choreography for live performance, movement in performance, and contemporary dance techniques.

What will you learn?

You will study the following units in your first year:

• Developing skills and techniques for performance – 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.

• Jazz Dance Technique – 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.

• Contemporary Dance Technique – 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.

In your second year, you will study:

• Choreography for live performances – 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.

• Group Performance – 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.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is for you if you love to perform, are creative and you enjoy practical work and learning new skills.

Entry Requirements & Other Info
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    You will need four or more GCSE grades 9-4 or equivalent in three or more subjects. You will also need a grade 3 or higher in GCSE English Language.

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

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    This course will provide you with the opportunity to hear from academic and industry professionals in talks and workshops to improve your skills and learn new techniques. You will also be given the chance to take part in college-wide performances and events, such as our Achievement Awards Evenings and Creative Arts Festival.

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    Students who complete the L3 qualification in Dance can go on to complete a degree in an area like Dance or Performing Arts. It may be that you want to continue down a specialist route and enrol at a specialist college or university, which will provide you with further training in your chosen skill. You may also decide to go straight into the world of work, or secure a higher level apprenticeship within an education, theatre or performance setting.

  • Outcomes Arrow down

    Students who complete a qualification in Dance go on to a wide variety of jobs. These can include: Choreographer, Dancer, Personal Trainer, Actor or Teacher.

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