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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Cheshire College

Course description

This course is intended for committed students interested in a career in the dance and performing arts industry. Students will develop their technique and performance skills as well as enhance creativity. This varied course is taught as a range of practical units as well as theoretical units of study. Over the two year course duration your training will consist of technical grounding in Contemporary Dance Techniques, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Urban Dance forms. You will have the opportunity to perform in each of these styles to live audiences and within performance projects in both our professional centre stage theatre as well as external performance venues. A large part of the course is aimed at encouraging ownership of practical work and is designed to be student led in terms of project work. You will also learn the fundamentals of choreography and have the chance to create work in groups as well as taking on the responsibility of primary choreographer as part of your final major project.

Further study and non-practical elements of the course aim to help students to gain an understanding of the nature of the industry and recognise the professional requirements needed to gain employment within the sector. You will gain an understanding of the jobs available and recognise how your skills might match a role within the sector. You will also study the historical context of performance to encourage an appreciation of how the performing arts came to be created within a given context and to gain a working knowledge of the way contemporary working practice has been influenced and shaped into its current form.

A background in Dance is preferred but not it is not necessary to have studied for a formal qualification in dance. On application for the course you will be invited for an interview and dance audition.

Course content

This varied course is taught as a range of both practical and theoretical units including choreography, developing contemporary dance, developing classical ballet technique, the healthy performer, urban dance, the performing arts business and many more. 

As a student on this course you will be given the opportunity to take part in numerous performance projects enabling you to create and perform in solos, duets, trios and group pieces for different audiences. Assessment is largely through practical work but you will also have to produce written work, reviews, log books, evaluations and presentations.

Students on this course will be able to develop technique and performance skills as well as extend their creativity with an in-depth study of choreography.

Entry requirements

For the Extended Diploma (2 years) you will need a minimum of: i) 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Merit) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Merit) + 4 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade D in GCSE Maths (or L1 functional numeracy pass).

For the Subsidiary Diploma (1 year) you will need a minimum of: i) 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language/Literature (or L2 functional literacy), ii) or a Level 2 Diploma (Pass) + 2 GCSEs grade A*-C, iii) or a Level 2 Extended Certificate (Pass) + 3 GCSEs grade A*-C, plus at least a grade E in GCSE Maths.

Dance experience is essential, though not necessarily at qualification level. All applicants will be required to audition.

Assessment

Assessment is largely through practical work, however you will also be required to produce written work, reviews, log books, presentations and evaluations.

Future opportunities

On completion of a Level 3 Extended Diploma it is possible for the students to progress onto Higher Education, to study Degree and Foundation Degree subjects. Past students have gone on to study Dance at LIPA, Liverpool John Moore's University, Leeds University, Middlesex University and De Montfort University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.