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BTEC Level 3 Dance (performing arts) Subsidiary Diploma at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

The course is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification and aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to prepare learners for employment in the Dance industry. This is a practical, hands-on approach to performing arts with a large emphasis on developing your knowledge of dance practitioners which can be applied to performance work. Students should have a passion for performing and show commitment to developing their work through independent rehearsals.

Course Structure:

100% teacher assessed. Practical performance work supported by a written portfolio of evidence.
Equivalent to 1 A-Level

Throughout the 2 year course, students will cover a set range of ‘core’ and suggested ‘specialist’ units.

Core Units (2)

  • Dance Performance
  • Performing to an audience

Specialist Units (4 units – examples of units covered below)

Jazz Dance

  • Urban Dance
  • Applying Contemporary dance technique
  • Choreography Dance
  • Site-specific performance
  • Dance Appreciation


Throughout each unit students are set a number of mini assignments that are assessed constantly. Each assignment counts towards a final grading award of a Pass, Merit or Distinction. The style of assignments will vary from performances, video recordings, discussions, drawings, presentations, rehearsal log books and written evaluations. Students will need to be well organised, able to work independently and good time managers in order to achieve well. It is expected that students will attend additional independent rehearsals outside of lesson times.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a C or above in GCSE Dance or gained a Merit award for the BTEC Level 2 course. Due to the course being 100% coursework it is a requirement that the student has achieved a C grade in GCSE English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year