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Dance BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificate at Reigate College

Course description

Students on the BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Extended Certificate courses will study a range of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, physical theatre and urban dance and will be given opportunities to take part in a variety of youth dance platforms and other College and external productions.

As a way of familarising students with the professional dance world, each year group is invited to attend an inspiring mix of productions linked to their Dance syllabus.  For example in 2013-2014 students went to Blaze and the Rambert Dance Company. This year some of our Dance students have been selected for their choreography to participate in the Young Creatives Programme, in conjunction with Dance Digital and Youth Dance England.

There is no written examination for this course and all written work is by log book, including written diaries, PowerPoint presentations, and video diaries.  

The course can either be taken as a one year course leading to a Certificate (one AS Level) or as a two year course as an Extended Certificate (one A Level).

Course content

During the course students will produce three units of work in progress in a chosen style, including Commerical, Jazz and Contemporary. One unit will be in Contemporary Style including technique classes and solo assessment. The final first year unit will be their own choreography from a chosen stimulus. In addition students will produce:

  • a showcase of work for the annual Hot Feet performance
  • a dance log book and video diary, plus evaluation

Dance students will be involved in the lively artistic life of the College, including the annual dance show, Hot Feet.  Dance students are encouraged to contribute to other productions throughout the year, including tours to local schools. There are also many opportunities to take part in recreational dance as part of the Activities Programme, such as the Youth Dance Company, 'Dare'.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this course is subject to passing an audition. These usually take place between March and May, for students enrolling in September. Students must achieve GCSE Grade C or above in English Language.

This course is suitable for students who have an interest and experience in the subject. The course requires imagination, sensitivity and the ability to get on with others. Students should have a mature and committed approach to studying this subject in-depth.


Practical, Coursework and external assessment.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

This course could lead to a degree in Performing Arts or Dance Theatre at a vocational college or university. Past students have attended The Laban Centre London; London Studio Centre; Laine’s Theatre Arts; Doreen Bird; Arts Educational; Royal Academy of Dance; London Contemporary Dance School; Italia Conti; Northern Contemporary. Universities include Chichester; Middlesex; Roehampton; Bath Spa; Surrey; Winchester. Students have also gone on to do an HNC or HND course in dance, as well as Performing Arts Courses and Physical Theatre courses.

Several past students have already turned professional in either acting, dancing, modelling, singing and directing professions.

Further information

Dance students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • the College’s annual Hot Feet Dance Show
  • a trip to Boy Blue Entertainment
  • a trip Ultima Vez
  • a trip to see Ballet Boyz
  • a visit to the Royal Ballet School
  • a Residency with Frantic Assembly and Urban Strides
  • a teaching practice scheme in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance, leading to possible work placements after students leave College

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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