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Performing Arts (Dance) BTEC Level 3 at Priestley College

Course description

This vocational course is mainly practical and focuses on building your confidence, performance skills and technique in dance. It is aimed at students who are dedicated and passionate dancers who already have some training or experience in this field and wish to be pushed to be the best they can be. The course will take up one block on your timetable and is worth the equivalent of an AS after one year and a full A level after your second year. BTEC Dance at Priestley is designed to also complement the study of AS level Dance and it is expected that many students will also study AS Dance which focuses equally on the theoretical and performance aspects of dance.

Course content

In the first year you will develop the necessary dance skills to perform in at least two contrasting genres of dance. You will then move on to studying physical theatre, expanding your practical knowledge and skills and versatility as a dancer. There is also the opportunity to produce a site-specific performance piece at the end of the year which will enable you to develop your choreographic skills.

Entry requirements

Due to the specialist nature of this course you are required to audition prior to enrolment. During this audition process we are looking to see if you have any experience in dance performance, your level of professionalism, focus, dedication and commitment. For the audition you will be required to take part in a practical group dance workshop.


You are assessed every half term in order to ensure progress and receive formal feedback on your technique and performance skills. This ensures maximum performance experience and builds students’ confidence as performers. All of the units have written assignments to accompany practical work.

Future opportunities

Most of our students go on to further training in dance, either in a University or specialist Performing Arts theatre school. You are guided through this application and audition process by experienced tutors. However, students in the past have also progressed to University courses as diverse as Midwifery and Classical Literature.

Further information

All Performing Arts students are required to present their work for assessments during evening performances at Priestley. We also encourage the students to take part in our Performing Arts enrichment companies as well as attend regular theatre visits, take part in any professional workshops and residential trips provided by the area.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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