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Dance BTEC at Hedingham School and Sixth Form

Course description

The NEW BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) is a two year vocational qualification equivalent to one A Level. This qualification will suit those students who are interested in learning about the performing arts sector. Success in the qualification will support those students with a view to progress into the Performing Arts industry, or to a wide range of higher educational courses if taken as part of a programme of study that includes other A Levels or BTEC Nationals. Students will study four units over the two years. The units provide a balance of breath and depth whilst retaining a degree of choice for individual students to study content relevant to own interests and progression choices.

Course content

The following three units are compulsory:

Unit 1: Investigate Practitioners Work

This unit requires students to complete an extended piece of writing based on two practitioners. Students must investigate and critically analyse contextual influences and the practitioners performance work.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

This unit requires students to develop appropriate skills and techniques in the dance discipline. Students will participate in regular workshops, classes and exercises to acquire, practice and develop the necessary technical, and practical interpretive performance skills to help succeed when performing in front of a live audience. Students will take part in two live performances in different styles, which they will then review and evaluate individual skill development.

Unit 3. Group Performance Workshop Students are expected to respond to a given stimulus (provided by the exam board) as part of a group, using research, discussion and practical exploration to develop and create performance material lasting 10 – 20 minutes to a live audience.

One of the following two units will be studied. This will be chosen to suit the needs and interests of the class of students:

Unit 4 Contemporary Dance In this unit, students will develop the skills needed to be a contemporary dancer by participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance. Students will gain an understanding of this dance style and the key influences on its development through research and practical application.

Unit 5 Jazz Dance

Students develop skills in this unit which enable them to understand the key stylistic features of Jazz dance and prepare students for performing or choreographing a wide range of Jazz dance performances.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in English, grade 4 or above in Maths plus three other GCSEs A*-C These 5 GCSE’s can include BTEC Level 2 course outcomes equivalent GCSE grades if the student has achieved a Merit or higher. Students who have not achieved a grade 4 or above in Maths or English will need to enrol on the one year resit course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hedingham School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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