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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Barking Abbey School

Course description

  • All students completing a Dance BTEC are required to complete externally assessed Units. These Units will be made up of both practical and theory based tasks.
  • Students acquire a wide range of knowledge and experience directly linking to the dance industry. This is aimed at easing student’s transition from an educational setting into a professional, work place environment. This course is therefore suitable for those wishing to pursue a career within performing arts or develop their creative skills.
  • Although the course is heavily practical based, students are expected to produce a range of evidence that demonstrates their knowledge and understanding, such as booklets, group presentations, self-evaluations, reviews and journals.
  • Students will experience a broad range of dance genres, such as Contemporary, Ballet, Urban and Jazz.
  • There are many performance and project opportunities for BTEC students. Students are expected to attend, whenever possible, these dance opportunities as these often count towards a final grade.

Course content

2 A Level equivalent
8 units to be completed over 2 years

Units to be studied may include:

  • Performance Workshop
  • Performing Arts Business
  • The Historical Context of Performance
  • Rehearsing for Performance
  • Performing to an Audience
  • Dance Performance
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Dance Improvisation
  • The Healthy Performer
  • Developing Classical ballet Technique
  • Developing Contemporary Technique 
  • Jazz Dance
  • Exploring Contact Improvisation
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Arts in the Community

Entry requirements

GCSE Dance at Grade C, Level 2 BTEC Diploma Performing Arts Dance Pass or above or comparative experience gained outside school to be approved in interview and auditions.


Students are not assessed at the end of the course under exam conditions, they are continually assessed throughout the three years and emphasis is placed on process being of equal importance as final product. 

Future opportunities

Many Barking Abbey students who have completed BTEC qualifications in Dance have continued to pursue their Dance training on a range of highly renowned courses at places such as;

Trinity Laban, Urdang Academy, London Studio Centre, Royal Academy of Dance, Middlesex University, University of East London, Kingston University, Bedfordshire University, Coventry University

Further information

For further information see Miss Fulham

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barking Abbey School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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