Dance has continued to deliver outstanding results at both Key Stage 4 & 5 for many years. 

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) is a brand new course for September 2016. With an increased emphasis placed on dance practitioners and their professional works, there is a real sense of dance appreciation throughout each unit.

At Key Stage 5 students are expected to interpret, analyse and embody the work of others. As a result, their analytical skills will enhance their own choreographic decision making and allow them to evaluate the effectiveness of their decisions with a deeper understanding.


What will I learn?


Year 12 (Lower Sixth)

• Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (90GLH)

The focus of this highly practical unit is on the acquisition and development of performance and interpretative skills within dance. The students will participate in regular technique classes and sequences in at least two dance styles whilst capturing their progress and developments throughout.

• Unit 1:  Investigating Practitioners’ Work (90GLH)
This unit focuses on developing critical analysis skills. It gives learners the opportunity to undertake research into influential practitioners, relevant to their interests, whose performance work and ideas may engage and inspire them. The external assessment requires learners to carry out research into two practitioners’ work and then completed a piece of extended writing. 

 Year 13 (Upper Sixth)


• Unit 11: Street Dance Technique (60GLH)
This unit is an opportunity for students to engage in dance through a style they are likely to be familiar with from popular music and commercial dance forms. They will have depth and understanding as to what is considered current. Students will develop the practical skills needed to perform street dance styles with fluency and professional impact.

• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (120GLH)

This externally set task provides opportunities for learners to draw on their individual practical performance skills and demonstrate an understanding of the methods and techniques for creating performance in order to contribute to the making and realisation of new performance material. Students will work in small groups to create an original performance piece in response to a stimulus provided in the external assignment briefing. Learners will develop a range of higher order skills and knowledge, which is important for progression and for work in the industry, for example problem solving, insightful understanding of audience perspectives, synthesis and manipulation of ideas and techniques to create new performance material.