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Dance BTEC Level 3 Sub Diploma at Coopers School

Course description

The course aims to engage learners who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector alongside other field of study with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses once completed.

Course content

Over the 2 year course, there will be 3 mandatory units that students will work within.

These are:

Year 12:

  • Investigating practitioners’ work – where the students will complete a piece of extended writing that demonstrates their understanding of contextual factors that influence a practitioners’ work. (externally and internally assessed)
  • Developing skills and techniques for live performance – learners will explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing and demonstrating techniques in at least two performance styles within a selected discipline. This could be as an actor, dancer, musical theatre performance or performance artist. (internally assessed)

Year 13:

  • Group performance workshop (externally assessed)
  • There will be one optional unit that is included to assist the technical ability of the students through to the end of the course and will consist of: contemporary, urban, tap, jazz or ballet. Most lessons are practical workshops where students are expected to contribute to a high level. 

The course will also involve students taking part in an annual performance as a performer and prepare their own group and solo pieces to showcase. Students will keep a log of their contribution to lessons and will end the year in Year 13 with a final assessment.

A typical lesson may consist of practical work where students will experience a style of dance they may never have experienced. The main style of dance that will be focused on is contemporary dance in order for students to understand what is required of them in Higher Education. Other styles that will be experienced throughout the course are: street dance, tap and ballet.

Entry requirements

GCSE C in English Language

Future opportunities

There will be plenty of opportunity to work within the Performing Arts sector once completing the course. Specific degrees including dance, musical theatre and drama. Students who want to go onto dance schools can also benefit from this course after completing enough practical and theory.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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