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Dance BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Equivalent to one A Level

This is a two year Dance course which is equivalent to one A Level and worth the same number of UCAS points. It is a serious vocational training course for those thinking of going on to study dance, musical theatre, drama or performing arts at university.

Students can study this course alongside A Level or Vocational courses.

What does the course involve?

The course is 90% practical, with many performance opportunities.

Written assignments make up the remaining 10% of the assessment. There is no final exam.

The course is designed to enhance any Dance style such as:

  • Ballet
  • Contemorary
  • Modern
  • Jazz

As this is a BTEC qualification, the work is assessed throughout the two years. Final grades awarded will be Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The course units include:

  • Developing Movement Skills.
  • Dance Appreciation.
  • Movement in Performance.
  • Jazz Dance.
  • Contemporary Dance Technique.
  • Choreographic Principles.
  • Dance Performance.
  • Performing to an Audience.
Dance Studio

Dance Studio

Resources and facilities

Lessons will take place in a purpose built Dance Studio.


There are regular trips to Birmingham Hippodrome and London.
Dance specialists also visit College and students will participate in workshops.

What can you do after the course?

This practical course is ideal preparation for a course or career in the performing arts.

Former students have gained entry into the following colleges:

  • Bath Spa University
  • Bird College of Dance, Sidcup
  • Chichester University
  • Falmouth University
  • Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)
  • Millennium Performing Arts College, London
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds
  • Performance Preparation Academy (PPA), Guildford
  • The Urdang Academy, London

as well as many other university courses.

Ella talks about BTEC Dance at Hereford Sixth Form College