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Dance BTEC

Dance BTEC

Extended Certificate

Exam board: Edexcel

Why study this subject:

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts- Dance offers students a chance to explore and study a range of dance styles as well as professional artists and dance practitioners. The students will improve their dance technique through workshops and rehearsals using the body and their creative and intellectual skills in order to interpret performance material and communicate to an audience.  These will be the tools to success. External and internal performance opportunities will be widely available for all students studying the course and students will attend compulsory out of lesson rehearsal and performance sessions to meet the requirements of the specification.


(3 Core Units)

Unit 1- Investigating Practitioners’ Work

Learners investigate the work of performing arts practitioners and develop critical analysis skills and contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work.

Unit 2- Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

Unit 3- Group Performance Workshop

Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

(1 Optional Unit)

Classical Ballet Technique, Tap Dance Technique, Jazz Dance Technique, Street Dance Technique, Contemporary Dance Technique or Movement in Performance

How will I be assessed: 

Students will be assessed through a range of vocational assessments– both practical and written, enabling them to showcase their individual learning and achievements to best effect.

Using a combination of assessment styles gives students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses and throughout their career.

Future course and possible careers:

A BTEC qualification opens many doors to the future such as going on to study in higher education or to taking a more vocational route and going into freelance teaching work or performance work. The BTEC qualifications have been designed to meet the needs of employers and higher education training routes.