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Performing Arts; Dance BTEC Extended Certificate at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Students will take part in regular dance classes in which they will be prepared for the Dance industry by performing regularly to live audiences. This course is equivalent to one A-Level.

The coursework, assessment and exams consist of:

  • Research projects
  • Workshops
  • Rehearsals
  • Performances
  • Dance diary/log book/target setting/skills audits

Course content

Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Exam unit): Students will study two choreographers/practitioners across the space of 6 weeks. The exam paper will give the students a theme and the students must link these two choreographers/practitioners to the theme in an essay based format under controlled conditions.

Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance: Students will study two performance pieces; 1) a pantomime in which students are the ensemble/swing (students may be expected to sing as group) and 2) students will learn a dance professional work. Students will put the dance together and perform to an audience. Students will keep regular diaries, setting short and long term targets.

Group Performance Workshop (exam unit): Students will be given a stimulus and have to work in groups of 5 – 7 to choreograph a performance based on a given stimulus (from the exam paper). Students will write about their journey of choreographing.

Variety Performance: Students will take part in a large end of year 13 cabaret show at Mumu cabaret bar in Maidstone town centre performing a new learnt variety skill. This unit will also include a Variety Performance research project and regular target setting and reviewing.

Musical theatre: Students will take part in the school’s annual production. This unit will also include a musical theatre research project and regular target setting and reviewing.

Entry requirements

BTEC Performing Arts (dance): Merit or Higher OR 4-9 in GCSE Dance OR by a  audition.


Performance; Rehearsals; Workshops; Personal management; Log books/diaries/target setting/skills audits; Research projects

Future opportunities

* Become a Performing Arts Ambassador  (prefec)

* Take part in the annual production

* Be nominated (and maybe win!) an Oscars award and attend the special Oscars ceremony annually

* Maplesden Dance company (competition entries group)


Further information

Careers in Dance do not come easy; it is expected that you have a high level of technical ability, the necessary confidence and performance skills, along with a great desire to succeed. If students are dedicated and hardworking, their academic and vocational experience could lead them into a career in performing for example in musical theatre, or contemporary dance; teaching in various settings or even dance writing and journalism.


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: 07 November 2018
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