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Dance BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

Studying dance will enrich your life and support your studies! Dance is not just a physical act but a creative, analytical and evaluative subject. Of course you will be put through your paces in terms of technique and ability as a dancer but it will also teach you discipline and time management as well as utilise collaborative and reflective skills. It will take you through a range of dance styles such as contemporary, ballet and jazz, as well as choreography and dance appreciation. The course leads to a final project of rehearsal and dance performance, combining the various dance styles featured within the course.

Course content

There are 6 units to cover over the two year course.

Dance Performance (yr 1) and Performing to An Audience (yr 2) are CORE.

Contemporary Technique and Choreographic Principles are first year units and we select the two other units for the second year based on class needs and abilities.

Previous years have included:

  • Jazz
  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Healthy Performer
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Dance improvisation.

Entry requirements

To start any BTEC Level 3 course you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

There is no prerequisite to have studied GCSE or Contemporary dance but you do need to have experience of performing and preferably have taken formal classes at some point. In addition there are the following subject specific entry requirements:you must take part in an audition. You will need to prepare a 2 min piece to perform in any style you feel confident in and this can be choreographed by yourself or taught to you. You will also take part in a contemporary technique class and small interview in addition to the college interview.


Exam Board - Edexcel

Future opportunities

Students have gone on to study dance further at university and vocational dance schools such as LABAN and London Contemporary Dance School, looking for careers as a performer, choreographer or teacher of the subject. Other dance specific careers include anamature or facilitator working with specific groups in society.

Many artists form their own company in order to work for themselves in a way that is important to them. Other careers include working within the health and fitness industry, arts administration, stage management, fundraising. Due to the confidence gained through performing, students are well skilled in jobs that require good communications skills and are public facing – travel and tourism industry, PR and Marketing. Transferable skills of creativity, analysis and evaluation make you a unique candidate for any course or employer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years