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Dance BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course involves a practical and theoretical study of Contemporary Dance, focusing on British and American Modern Dance, as well as some influences of Musical Theatre Dance. You will develop your practical skills as well as your choreographic skills.

Our dance studio is a perfect setting for practical work and performance. It is equipped with lighting, sound and video equipment. Most Arts / Humanities subjects (such as Drama and Theatre Studies, Music, Media Studies, Art and Design, History and English Literature) combine well with this subject.

Course content

This is a two-year course where you will be expected to complete three units per year. There are two core units and four additional units:

Core Units:

  • Unit 7: Performing to an Audience
  • Unit 38: Dance Performance

Optional Units:

  • Unit 39: Choreographic Principles
  • Unit 42: The Healthy Performer
  • Unit 45: Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Unit 54: Dance Appreciation

At the end of Year 1, you must pass one core unit plus an additional 2 units in order to be awarded the Level 3 Certificate. You will have to pass all of these (a total of three units) in order to progress into Year 2. For the full qualification, you will need to pass a total of 6 units.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSE’s at grade C or above (including English Language)
  • A genuine interest and enthusiasm for Dance

It is not necessary to have had any formal training in dance, as you will be coached fully in preparation for all performance and choreography work. You must be willing to learn new movement vocabulary, be inventive in creating dance works and have the ability to be able to work productively as part of a team.

You will have many performance opportunities so should be willing to develop your confidence in performing in front of a live audience. You will also be expected to compare various dance works, complete choreographic and personal training logbooks as well as analysing the craft of choreography.

Future opportunities

The course can lead to higher education courses at degree or HND level, in Dance, Creative / Performing Arts and other subjects. This qualification can assist with careers in performing, teaching, arts administration, dance amateur work and dance therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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