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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performance (Dance)

Equivalent to one A Level

This is a two-year Dance course which is equivalent to one A Level, with the same amount of UCAS points for university or further education.

This is a vocational training course recognised by UCAS for those thinking about going on to study Dance, Musical Theatre, Drama or Performing Arts at university.

What does the course involve?

This course will have practical elements with performance opportunities.

Parts of the course have elements of written work. This will be research tasks and evaluations.

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*.

Topics Covered

Here are some examples of the course units studied:

• Group performance workshop
• Developing skills and techniques for performance
• Jazz dance
• Movement in performance
• Healthy dancer
• Contemporary dance technique

Dance Studio

Dance Studio

Resources and facilities

Lessons will take place in a purpose built Dance Studio.

Trips

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

Progression

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