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Dance (Performing Arts) - EDEXCEL BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. A. Hunt


Department Information

The department is staffed with experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Results at KS 4 and KS 5 are very good on both courses and the Dance courses are popular. There are opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular dance activities as well as the dance performances.


Why study this course?

The BTEC level 3 Extended Certificate in Dance is best suited to students who want to improve their physical and interpretive dance skills using a range of dance styles and techniques. Students who study this course will also learn how to use and develop choreographic devices in order to create innovative and abstract stylistic pieces of dance. Students will critically evaluate their own and others dance performance as well as compare and contrast existing work. Students who study this course often go on to study dance at Further/Higher Education, work in the dance industry through performance, teaching or choreography.


Aims of the course

The Aim of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Dance is for students to develop their physical and interpretive dance skills through a range of dance styles. Students will also improve their choreography skills through participation in workshops and rehearsals. Students will develop an ability to assess dance through dance appreciation and by critically evaluating their own and existing work.

Course content

Course outline

This course is designed for students who wish to study dance at Post 16 on a Level 3 National Extended Certificate and is an ideal choice for any student considering a career in dance or dance teaching.


It extends the knowledge that pupils develop from the Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance).


This is equivalent to one GCE A Level, however the grading criteria is slightly different to A Levels in that the awards are either PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION/DISTINCTION *.


This is a 60-credit and 360-guided learning-hours qualification that consists of two mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 60 credits.

Entry requirements

Students should have dance experience both inside and outside of College; however students do not necessarily need to have completed the Level 2 BTEC First Award in Performing Arts to choose this subject.


How am I assessed?

360 GLH (480 TQT) Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 Units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory Content (83%) External Assessment 58%

Future opportunities

You may go on to study a HND, degree or diploma at a higher level. This can lead to a career in teaching, community dance work, and different types of arts administration posts, choreographing and performing.

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year