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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Heysham High School Sports College

Course description

The course is entirely coursework based and pupils must complete the required amount of units over two years depending on the level of qualification they aim to do.

The mandatory units are Dance Performance and Performing to an Audience, which involve students producing a full scale performance to a professional standard.

Some additional units to choose from are:

  • Singing Skills for Actors and Dancers
  • Developing Physical Theatre
  • Applying Physical Theatre
  • Choreographic Principles
  • Choreographing Dance
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Jazz Dance
  • Tap Dance

Entry requirements

Grade C in English Language. If students have not completed a relevant GCSE or BTEC course in Dance or Performing Arts but express a strong interest and commitment and/or have taken part in productions in or out of school, this could be sufficient experience.


To achieve the certificate, students must complete three units and six units for the subsidiary diploma. You are assessed completely through coursework which is externally verified.

On completion of the three units taught in Year 12, students gain the certificate, which is equivalent to an AS qualification.  Three further units are taught in Year 13 which make the subsidiary diploma and which is equivalent to an A level.

Financial information

Folders and other stationery are needed to ensure work is organised.  Students may be expected to contribute to theatre visits. Students must be able to work collaboratively and have good time management. 

Future opportunities

This course provides opportunities to visit performance venues to see productions, to do workshops with professionals and to perform in professional venues using professional equipment. This course also prepares students to study Dance at university. You will be working on the skills you need for a career in the industry, be it performance or teaching in the public or private sector.  

If a long term career in Dance is not for you, this course complements many other courses as it provides as varied an experience as the students who choose this subject.

You will be working on the skills needed for a career in the industry and will be taught in the style that you will be taught at university, should you choose to follow a performing arts or dance course.  The skills developed during this course are widely valued in the workplace, especially confidence, improvisation, finding solutions, team working etc.

Further information

Mrs. T. Winters

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heysham High School Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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