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Dance (Vocational) BTEC National Extended Certificate at Mascalls Academy

Course description

This is an exciting new BTEC course that develops your performance skills, technical skills, choreographic abilities and analysis of your own process and the work of professional practitioners.

Course content

Your Units:

Unit 1 – Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

Understanding our modern choreographers, who they are, how they work, their style, influences, how they choreograph. Watching live performances of their work will be essential for this unit.

Unit 2 – Developing Skills for Live Performance

Understanding your role as a dancer and becoming a professional dancer through the recreation of existing material.

Unit 3 – Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

Explore and integrate creative, physical and expressive skills whilst expanding on techniques working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Unit 12 – Contemporary Dance Technique

Through a thorough, nurturing and creative environment you will have a rigorous rehearsal schedule where you will explore a variety of dance styles, practitioners and genres. This will result in numerous live performances in and out of school.

You will develop your own choreographic style understanding the importance of your choreography in the world today. Your life skills will improve tenfold as you become a confident, creative, responsible, physical communicator who can lead large groups and at other times become the team player who is attentive, resilient and extremely hard working.

Entry requirements

Whilst GCSE in Dance is not essential, some dance training is needed. You must show an aptitude for this subject and an enthusiasm and commitment to your learning.


The course is made up of four units that are assessed through a practical assessment and a written portfolio. Two are externally assessed but still through project based work.

Each unit requires the learner to research, analyse and evaluate the work of various artists and apply this knowledge to their own practice through practical exploration.

Future opportunities

Dance is a popular subject and is used as a stepping stone to the next level of dance education, be it at a university studying a Dance degree, or at a Conservatoire studying for a Performance degree. 

It can also be used to support other subject areas and has developed many skills which have enabled previous students to go on to achieve degrees in Architecture, Drama, English Literature and Journalism.

Jobs that are available in the dance industry include Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Journalist, Sports Therapist and Teacher.

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: 13 September 2018
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