BTEC Dance



Entry Requirements

​College entry criteria plus ANY of the following:

  • GCSE Dance (minimum grade 4)

  • Performing Arts related course (minimum grade 4)

  • Related experience of dance inside/outside of school

  • By audition

This course is a highly regarded practical Performing Arts qualification. The course is aimed at those students who are enthusiastic about practical dance and who wish to develop their technical and creative skills, creating choreography in groups and individually.


This course provides the opportunity to study a range of different dance styles including physical theatre, contemporary dance and international dance styles. Throughout the course you will participate in a range of performances to help you broaden your understanding of the world of dance.

What will I study?

On this course you will complete written research and develop practical dance skills. During the two years of the course, you will complete four units which include practitioner studies, group performance, improvisation and preparing as a performer.

You will cover: techniques classes in a variety of styles such as contemporary and physical theatre; choreography for solo, duet, trio and group performances; study of dance practitioners and their choreographic styles; how to analyse performance skills and set targets for improvement; practical performance skills and study of the constituent feature of dance.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through mainly practical elements giving the skills necessary for the performing arts industry. Where there is practical work, you must be prepared to perform in front of a public audience as well as peers. There are some externally assessed units but these are still completed like other units but simply sent off to an external assessor to mark.

Where will this course lead me?

This course is valued by employers and universities alike. The course can be used as sound preparation for further study of performing arts at a dance conservatoire or university course. Students are also well prepared by this course to go in to the professional world of work.

Other career pathways apart from studying performing arts related courses have been: Teaching, Fashion, Journalism, PE, Sport Science, English, Law, Psychology, Counselling with Drama Skills, Stage Make-Up, Sociology and Social Media Marketing.

Students have gone on to study at Northern Ballet School, Lincoln, Edge Hill, Salford, Chester, London School of Musical Theatre, UCLan, East 15 and Guidlford.

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