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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 at St Ivo School

Course description

The course is designed to provide a highly specialist, work-related qualification in Dance and will give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment in Dance. They will critically analyse, choreograph, perform and produce Dance in different dance styles giving them many transferable skills to use in later life. There are two internally assessed units, and two externally assessed units. Compulsory Units: Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (90 GLH) This unit develops your ability to research, create independent thoughts and opinions and writing skills by critically analysing the works of two professional practitioners. This task is assessed through a formal controlled assessment over three hours. Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (90GLH) In this unit you will develop your physical and interpretive skills in at least two different dance styles by studying two existing dance pieces. Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (120 GLH) In this group task you will choreograph material in response to a given stimulus exploring your ideas through collaborative activities with your group and justifying decisions made for the overall piece. The task is formally assessed over 4 milestones in controlled assessment conditions whereby students will produce formal evidence of their process, before performing their work to a live audience. OPTIONAL UNITS: (choose one, 60GLH) Unit 8: Classical Ballet Technique Unit 9: Tap Dance Technique Unit 10 Jazz Dance Technique Unit 11: Street Dance Technique Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. It is not compulsory for students to have studied the BTEC Level 2 Dance or GCSE Dance to gain entry onto the Level 3 course. General dance experience, enthusiasm, commitment and competent written skills are desired.

Future opportunities

At St Ivo School we are proud of our past students achievements, some of whom have gone on to study Dance at Body Work Dance Studios, Ballet Theatre UK, Stage Works, The Centre Of Advanced Training (DanceEast) and Bournemouth University. The skills and experience gained from studying Dance can lead into careers such as a performer, teacher, choreographer, stage manager, dance critic/journalist, physiotherapist, dance for film creator/director, dance administration for a professional dance company or a community dance practitioner.

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: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.