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Dance (Performance) BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

The 60-Credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector.  The course offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units.  It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.  The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the area of employment that they wish to enter.

Course content

Year 12 Content

Dance Performance:

  • Integrated (38)
  • Developing Movement Skills (49)
  • Applying Contemporary Dance Technique (46)
  • The Healthy Performer (42)

Through the course of Year 12 students will study three units of work, one per term, with the Core Unit being integrated throughout the whole two years of study.  Students will completed a unit of work called Developing Movement Skills(49), where they will create four short performances, one for each of the four movement components, action, space, dynamics and relationships.

Secondly, students will study Applying Contemporary Dance Technique (46) a unit aimed at honing in on students strength as a dancer and developing their understanding of contemporary dance styles.

Lastly students will learn about the human body and complete a unit titled the Healthy Performer (42) whereby students learn about the mechanics of the body and anatomical information regards safe practise and how the body works.

Year 13 Content

Dance Performance:

  • Integrated (38)
  • Choreographic Principles (39)
  • Jazz Dance (47)

Throughout Year 13 a further two units will be undertaken by students, as well as the continued assessment of the core unit of Dance Performance.

Choreographic Principles (39) is introduced into the course in students second year of study as this requires previous improvisation experience in order to become choreographically mature when creating material.  Jazz Dance (47) is the final unit completed.

Jazz dance is a fun dynamic unit of work that develops students’ use of timing, rhythm and performance skills further.

Entry requirements

Students require Dance GCSE at grade C or above or BTEC Dance at Merit Level.  All students must attend an audition for this course to assess their natural ability in the subject.      


The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Qualification is equivalent one A Level.  All assessment is internally assessed by the course leader.  Students work is then internally modified and checked by another member of the Performing Arts department. Work is also externally modified to check all quality assurance.

Students’ assessment takes the following formats: Per formative (to a live audience), essay, log books, video diaries and oral presentations.

Future opportunities

This course provides excellent preparation for students aiming to apply to University to undertake Performing Arts courses such as Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre. The practical nature of the course means that students will gain confidence in performance and be aware of how a dance company operates.  Work within the performing arts industry includes roles such as:  dancer, choreographer and dance administrator.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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