Vocational Course

Dance Level 3

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About this course

If you are committed and enthusiastic about having a career in Dance this is the course for you.

The course has been developed to prepare you for higher education and for a variety of careers in the dance industry.

The content of the course offers an exciting opportunity to develop your dance skills and creativity through the study of Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz techniques, performance skills and choreography to assist you in your future.

To further enhance your employability skills there will be opportunities for you to complete a one week work placement.

This compulsory aspect of the course gives you the chance to apply the knowledge gained in class to the real world of work.

What will I learn?

You will study thirteen units which will be graded both externally and internally. These units will be spread over the course and will be taught by a variety of Dance lecturers.

In your first year you will achieve a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts Dance and in your second year a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts Dance.

Units include:

  • Investigating Practitioners’ Works
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Group Performance Workshop
  • Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts
  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Street Dance Technique
  • Choreography for Live Performance
  • Healthy Dancer

How will I be assessed?

The majority of the course will be assessed internally, in the form of practical and written assignments. However, a percentage of the course will require external examinations assessed by the awarding body.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English.

Where can it take me?

  • College - a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - related degree such as Dance & Choreography or vocational Dance training
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Additional Information

It is essential that you have some dance experience and as part of the interview process you will be invited to a practical dance audition. The purpose of the audition process is to offer a dance course at an appropriate level for you, to maximise your chance of achievement.

There will be opportunities to go on trips to see live professional dance works and work with professional visiting choreographers and teachers.

There may also be the option of taking on an extra qualification which will enable you to gain work experience, create a company and take on a role within the company to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the dance industry.

This qualification could increase your UCAS points and university options.