BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma – equivalent to 1 A-Level.

Why should I study this subject?

Dance is a challenging yet extremely rewarding subject, designed to prepare students for the exciting industry of Performing Arts. Delivered mainly through practical contemporary work, this energetic course is designed to mould students into competent technicians, performers and choreographers, allowing them to experiment with their own ideas and dance styles. Performance opportunities will be frequent during the two years.

What will I study?

Mandatory units:
• investigating practitioners work • Developing skills and techniques

for live performance
• Group performance workshop

Plus a range of optional units.






What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed externally through assignments such as portfolios and diaries as well as through practical sessions, examinations and performances. There will be an externally assessed unit in this course.

What will the course prepare me for?

  • Further dance study
  • Getting work within the industry
  • Dance teaching
  • Community work


How much private study should I expect to do?

Year 12 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 13 subjects require four to five hours each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Black leotard, black leggings, notebook and folder

What is the exam board


This subject is for you if…
you are energetic, creative, disciplined and enjoy coursework

This subject is not for you if…
you are shy when performing, physically unfit and don’t enjoy coursework.


“Excellent course where we learn lots of different dance styles including contemporary, commercial, jazz and ballet. Very practical and spend a lot of time in the dance studio”             Hattie Byrne-Hegney, St Wilfred’s High School


“Fun course with lots of performance opportunities. It’s great to work as part as a team and also to have the chance to choreograph your own dances!”                     Amy Blagg, Crofton Academy