Dance Level 3

Level 3

Qualification: BTEC Extended Certificate

Duration 2 years


What will I study?

This qualification will enable you to explore your practical and academic abilities, allowing you to discover and develop a range of skills within the Dance sector. The crucial and transferable
skills you will develop will range from independent to group work, where you will be able to develop mastery in dancing, movement and expression, as well as increasing your academic knowledge of Dance, the industry and live performance. The aim of the qualification is to prepare learners for entry to a range of sector related degrees and apprenticeships that can lead to employment within the Creative Industries.

In Y12 you will complete the following units:
• Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (internally assessed)
• Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

In Y13 you will complete the following units:
• Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique (internally assessed)
• Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

You will study a range of dance styles and creative approaches such as contemporary, jazz and commercial dance, as well as increasing your knowledge of safe practice, the dance industry, practitioners and live performance. You will explore a range of practical performance projects working independently and in groups from a stimulus, theme/dance style or music, to create dance for a live audience, based on the skills you learn in workshops and lessons and you will reflect on your practical work. You will explore practitioners’ such as; Bob Fosse, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Joan Skinner, Akram Khan, Frantic Assembly, DV8 and Andrew Lloyd Webber, through practical exploration and research. You will also; research in depth
and complete an extended piece of writing on practitioners’ styles, techniques and repertoire, complete a research report exploring and investigating into the roles and skills of a performer and prepare a presentation based on practitioners and their work.


Assessments are internally assessed; in college by your teacher and externally assessed; sent off to the exam board.

Assessments are a combination of practical performances, coursework, evaluation/ target setting and set tasks by the exam board BTEC Pearson.


Two years of this study will lead to an equivalent of 1 A-Level. This BTEC is widely recognised by top universities and this qualification will support your progression into the performing arts, dance and creative industries.

Do I need any dance experience to do the course?

GCSE or BTEC Level 2 in Dance/ Expressive Arts/Drama or dance school experience is very useful for this course. If you have no or very little dance experience, is important that
you are prepared to have a go at everything and focus on improving your skills. It is also important that you have experience in performing in front of peers and an audience or that you are willing to have a go at this, as this is a crucial element of the course.

Study Visits/Costs

We organise exciting opportunities for you to work with performers from professional companies and watch live performances.

We have strong links with The National Theatre and local theatres such as the Sheffield Crucible. Study visits and events are mandatory, and it is essential you take part. The cost is usually no more than £20 per event.

We also offer a wide range of enrichment activities to enhance your experience at TRC such as; the annual college production, talent competitions and dance showcases.

“Performing Arts has helped me improve my acting skills and develop new ones such as physical precision and projection. I’ve also built my confidence and teamwork skills which I’ve been able to use in my other subjects and areas of my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed this course! The College Production is also a great experience, everyone works together to create a masterpiece and you build amazing new friendships”.

Louis Davis, student

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry requirements:

GCSE English Grade 5.

Ideally, you should have some experience of practical dance (dance study at GCSE/ Level 2 or through dance schools/private lessons). All learners applying for this course should be participating in private dance lessons in order to make the necessary practical progress.

At the start of the course, you will complete an audition performance. This will allow you to show your current abilities and skills to your teacher when starting the course.

Useful Supporting Courses

Other creative Arts based subjects such as; Music, Media, Film, Art, Photography and Graphic Communication. Most subjects contrast well with and support the study of Performing Arts from sciences to History and English Literature / English Language.



Dance Performer, Cruise Ship Entertainer, Community Arts Worker, Dance Therapist, Dance Teacher.

As our BTEC Dance course is the same qualification as the BTEC Performing Arts course, you are currently unable to study BOTH BTEC Dance and BTEC Performing Arts.You can have a look at the subject specific Instagram sites by searching:


Culture Vulture

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DANCE Culture Vulture

Flying start

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Dance Flying Start

Course Overview

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Dance Course Overview