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Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma: Performing Arts: Dance Pathway at Beauchamp College

Course description

Whether you merely have a passion for Dance in general, or you are keen to progress in a career in dance then this is the perfect course. This course requires students to work both as part of a team and as individuals. The nature of the continual assessment through practical and written assignments requires students to be highly organised. This style of learning will suit those who prefer to have coursework elements to their qualification rather than purely examinations. The Cambridge Technical courses are designed to be as practical and work based as possible, which means you will often find yourself preparing, rehearsing and performing dance pieces. This are most likely to form part of the main college musical productions. (There is no requirement to sing.) Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course. Part of the practical assessments for this course are completed whilst performing in the college production. This will require attendance to some rehearsals and all performances.

This course is designed to be as practical and work based as possible, which means that as part of the course you will be working on choreographing, rehearsing and performing dance pieces, some of which will form part of our college production. An ability to work consistently and to deadlines is essential and at times learning will take place outside of the college and timetable. Excellent facilities in a purpose built studio are available to students on this course. If you are highly organised, a good team member and prefer continual assessment rather than examinations then this will suit your style of learning. Whether you merely have a passion for Dance in general, are keen to experience first hand experience of working ‘behind the scenes’, or want to support your on stage skills with a broader range of knowledge making you more employable in the future, this is the perfect course.

 

Course content

Unit 13: Dance Technique

Students will be encouraged to develop technical and performance skills in a minimum of two dance styles.

 

Unit 1: Prepare to work in the Performing Arts Sector

This allows students to understand the many role and progression routes within the sector. It is designed to prepare students for work within this sector.

 

Unit 2: Proposal for a Commissioning Brief

This prepares students for work within performing arts and teaches how to put together a bid for a project and all the planning for a performance project.

 

Unit 3: Influential Performance Practice

Students will study the influence that different practitioners have had on their chosen area of performing arts and apply their knowledge to a statement about theatre.

Optional Units:

Unit 4: Combined Arts

Unit 14: Dance Performance

Unit 15: Dance Choreography or

Unit 17: Deliver Dance and Movement Workshops

 

Units 1, 2 and 3 will be delivered alongside the Theatre Production pathway. Students are therefore unable to select both dance and theatre production as 2 of their options.

 

Entry requirements

At least 5 grade 5s (or equivalent) plus grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

It is beneficial, but not essential, to have gained either a merit in BTEC level 2 Dance or a 5 or above in GCSE Dance.

Assessment

Units1, 2 and 3 are externally assessed. These are pre-released exam papers where students have 8 weeks to prepare before writing up their portfolio and / or preparing a pitch to camera during a 2 week window. Students are able to resit these external assessments once during the 2 year period.

44% external assessment 56% coursework External assessment runs across 3 units of work and are pre-release papers that allow 8 weeks preparation before writing up portfolio evidence and preparing for a presentation to camera

Future opportunities

This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in studying dance or performing arts at university or you are hoping to pursue a career in the field.

Further information

This course is particularly suitable if you are interested in studying Dance at university or are hoping to pursue a career in the field,. Many of our students have gone on to study at prestigious dance schools and many of our alumni are now working in the West End. Please note that units 1, 2 & 3 are delivered alongside the theatre production pathway, it is therefore not possible to study both of these courses at level 3.

It is expected that students will commit time outside the class room to further develop their skills and some assessments will form part of college performances. Dance students will be involved in many extra curricular events such as the College Productions and Gala Performances. Previous educational visits have been to watch professional works in London, Birmingham and at Curve.

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: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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