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Performing Arts Dance - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Herne Bay High School

Course description

The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Dance and Acting aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts industry. It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses. The course focuses mainly on performance skills and practical work. All students will investigate and experience the skills required to present and perform in productions. Close links with the professional theatre and dancers are an integral part of the course.


Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9- 4, including Drama or Expressive Arts. Maths, English (Minimum grade 4). Students are encouraged to take part in the School productions.


Students will follow 6 units broken down into 2 core and 4 specialist units. The focus is on the student demonstrating the skills needed to work as a dancer whilst having a clear understanding of how they fit into the wider performing arts context.

There are 4 units in the first year and 2 units in the second year. Each unit is internally assessed by the teacher. A variety of assessment methods will be used to include case studies, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.

Each unit has specified criteria which are used for grading. An end of unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction. The successful completion of the course will result in a Level 3 qualification equivalent to an ‘A’ Level pass.


Financial information

There may be charges for trips or visits etc

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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    • Herne Bay High is a highly successful, innovative school that prides itself on its culture of high expectations and traditional values, particularly relating to respect, discipline and behaviour. We are passionate about supporting every child to achieve their full academic potential, whilst developing our students into responsible, mature and confident young people.

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      Herne Bay High will strive for excellence and high quality provision in all aspects of the curriculum, students learning, progress and development. Young people need to complete their period of schooling with high self-esteem, confidence, wider horizons and a range of appropriate qualifications, skills and personal attributes.

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