Performing Arts Dance BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code PA_DC_Pearson
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Dance and Acting aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts industry.  It develops career opportunities as well as access to further or higher education courses.  The course focuses mainly on performance skills and practical work.  All students will investigate and experience the skills required to present and perform in productions.  Close links with the professional theatre and dancers are an integral part of the course.



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.

Extra-curricular activities such as trips and after school dance companies.   We highly encourage students to undertake work experience within the Performing Arts Industry. We offer a range of experiences as part of the course, from professional workshops, to teaching experiences within the community and as senior dance mentors.  

How will it be delivered?

Students will follow 5 units broken down into 2 mandatory and 3 specialist units. The focus is on the student demonstrating the skills needed to work as a dancer whilst having a clear understanding of how they fit into the wider performing arts context.

There are 3 units in the first year and 2 units in the second year. 4 units are assessed by the teacher and 1 is external assessed by Pearson. A variety of assessment methods will be used to include case studies, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments.

Each unit has specified criteria which are used for grading. An end of unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction. The successful completion of the course will result in a Level 3 qualification equivalent to an ‘A’ Level pass.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9- 4, including Drama or Expressive Arts. Maths, English (Minimum grade 4).  Students are encouraged to take part in the School productions.

Your next steps...

The course is for students who are interested in a career in Dance/Acting or the Performing Arts.  It is very useful for students wishing to work in a variety of performing arts related jobs as well as in the service industries.