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Dance - BTEC L3 Subsidiary Diploma at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

At Thornleigh we follow the BTEC level 3 Diploma as it has more focus on the practical and technique elements of dance. The course is designed to prepare students for dance in the professional world. Students will experience choreography; understanding the process of preparing material for performance and understand the use of compositional structures and devices in the creation of dance material. Performance; fulfilling the role of a performer and present material to an audience whilst developing physical, interpretative and stylistic qualities and applying them to a variety of social, popular and formal dance styles. Analysing professional work; understanding how to appreciate, analyse, interpret and evaluate dance works. Technique; understanding how to reproduce dance repertoire from professional work and focus on the improvement of specific techniques such as contemporary dance and jazz dance.

Course content

There are 2 Core Units and 4 Optional Units students will study over 2 years. Students will study 1 core unit and 2 optional units in Year 12 and again in year 13. Both 2 years must be completed to achieve the full BTEC award.

 

The Core Units

 

Unit 7: Performing to an Audience

Unit 38: Dance Performance

 

The Optional Units

 

Unit 39: Choreographic Principles

Unit 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 46: Applying Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 47: Jazz Dance

Entry requirements

To study BTEC courses at Thornleigh Sixth Form we expect students to have an interest in the subject they wish to follow. Students must also have demonstrated the ability to complete large amounts of portfolio work in the past and also have a minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C.

Assessment

Each unit has different assessment criteria.

Unit 7: Performing to an Audience:

Practical: Assessed in April at the school dance show. This unit can only be assessed in front of an audience.
Theory: File work and all theory tasks are assessed each week.

Unit 38: Dance Performance:

Practical: Dance’s assessed every 8 weeks.
Theory: File work and all theory tasks are assessed each week.

Unit 39: Choreographic Principles:

Practical: Students are required to choreograph 2 different pieces of dance, one as a group and one as a solo. The 1st assessment is in December and the 2nd in April.
Theory: Production of Log Book and evaluation of progress are marked each half term.

Unit 45: Developing Contemporary Dance Technique:

Practical: Assessed over a 10 week period during technique classes. No final performance is required.
Theory: File work and all theory tasks are assessed each week.

Unit 46: Applying Contemporary Dance Technique:

Practical: Dance’s assessed every 8 weeks.
Theory: File work and all theory tasks are assessed each week.

Unit 47: Jazz Dance:

Practical: Dance’s assessed every 8 weeks.
Theory: File work and all theory tasks are assessed each week.

Future opportunities

Studying BTEC Dance can be a useful 'stepping stone' towards a career in the Performing Arts industry. Students have gone on to follow degree courses in performing, teaching and choreography.  However, there are many different career paths the course can lead on to, not just dance related such as; Media studies, Art and Photography to name a few.

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Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at sixthform@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk or by telephone 01204 305172.

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: 30 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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