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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance Pathway) ELL at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

If you feel passionately about Dance and want to develop your skills further in a vocational setting this is the course for you.

Dance is a challenging yet extremely rewarding subject. It is designed to prepare you for the exciting and diverse industry of Performing Arts, using dance as a focus area. This course is delivered mainly through practical work, designed to develop students’ technical and expressive skills through performance. It will allow you to experiment with your own ideas and dance styles developing your creative skills in choreography. You will also study dance practitioners and analyse professional work. There will be a number of performance opportunities during this two year course, alongside workshops with visiting professional artists and visits to see professional work.

Course content

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners Work (External Assessment)

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (Mandatory Unit)

Unit 3: Performance Workshop (External Assessment)

Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements for this course (in addition to at least 5 Grade 5s inc. English and Maths):

Grade 5 in GCSE Dance or BTEC equivalent or relevant dance experience


Unit 1 is a written external assessment – 90 Guided Learning hours

Unit 2 is a practical and written set assignment - 90 Guided Learning hours

Unit 3 is practical assessment, marked externally – 120 Guided Learning hours

Unit 12 is a practical and written set assignment – 60 Guided Learning hours .

Future opportunities

Due to the international recognition of BTEC courses such as this, you could progress straight into employment opportunities and if successful there are a wide variety of prospective careers that you can explore, for example: dancer, entertainment manager, TV/ commercial/ entertainment work or community dance worker. You may also wish to continue your studies onto Higher Education. Successful BTEC National qualifications give UCAS points for university applications and you may wish to continue onto a Degree level qualification in Performing Arts or another subject of your choice.

Further information

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: BTEC
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  • Number of planned places: 25

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