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Dance BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate at Queen Elizabeth's School

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Dance is a practical, work related course. The course uses a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence which they can use in the workplace or when applying to higher education. It is equivalent in size to 1 A-level.

It combines theory with practical work, and is taught and assessed through activities closely related to the dance industry. As well as formal teaching and practical activities, the course will include group workshops, performances in site-specific and theatrical settings, visits to national theatres, external workshops and technical rehearsals.

The diverse range of vocational assessment means that students will showcase their learning and performance skills to best effect when they take their next step, whether that's supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers either within dance or in another field.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Dance or Grade B in GCSE English Language plus at least 2 years dance performance experience. An audition may also be required.


  • Unit 1 Investigating practitioners’ work 
    Performance or Task set and assessed by the exam board 
  • Unit 2 Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance 
    Internal Assessment 
  • Unit 3 Group Performance Workshop
    Performance set and assessed by the exam board 
  • Optional Unit For example; Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique Internal Assessment

Future opportunities

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment after further study at university. However, it also supports learners who choose to progress directly to employment, as the understanding and skills will give learners an advantage in applying for a range of entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes in areas such as dance performance, dance choreography, dance and fitness training and coaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016
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