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Dance - Performing Arts (Dance): BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) (Block C) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

This course will give you a broad introduction to the performing arts sector with an emphasis on core knowledge and fundamental skills which are transferable across other sectors (including communication, presentation, physical and creative skills).

The first of the three mandatory units focuses on research, critical analysis and extended writing skills that aim to support learners’ progression to higher education. Learners will gain a good understanding of the work of influential practitioners to inform their own work and practice.

The second mandatory unit provides an introduction to the performing arts where learners will develop the appropriate skills and techniques in dance.

The third mandatory unit is a group performance, where you will develop the essential psychomotor and effective skills essential for the performing arts.

You will develop physical techniques as well as wider transferable skills, such as being able to work collaboratively, personal management and organisation (rehearsals, time-management), being able to give and take direction, confidence in front of an audience, problem solving (refining the process) and teamwork (essential when dancing as a group). Learners will understand different audiences in different environments and will learn to adapt a performance to engage the target audience.


Course content

This course comprises four units, three of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 (M) - Investigating practitioners' work

Unit 2 (M) - Developing skills and techniques for live performance

Unit 3 (M) - Group performance workshop

Unit 12 - Contemporary dance technique

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ or BTEC/NCFE at Merit+ in a dance or performing arts discipline, as well as Grade 4 in GCSE English. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in a dance or performing arts discipline will be considered through interview and audition.


Assignment - set and assessed externally (25%)
Assignment -set and assessed internally (25%)
Assignment - set and assessed externally (33%)
Assignment - set and assessed internally (17%)

Future opportunities

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content and obvious progression to university and dance school, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills which are highly regarded by higher education and employers. The course develops communication skills through performing, communicating and presenting ideas to an audience. It also builds collaborative skills with a focus on self-management, teamwork and participation in group performance.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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