Performing Arts Pathway Dance BTEC National Extended Diploma 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_PDC_Pearson
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts aims to provide students with key knowledge and understanding of Dance and 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 is the more extended version of BTEC PA dance and will suit students who wish to follow a pathway of Performing Arts into Higher and Further Education.  

This is a FULL TIME COURSE and will fill your timetable. 




There are 13 units broken down into 7 mandatory and 6 specialist units.
Investigating practitioners work, developing skills and techniques for live performance, Group performance workshop, Performing arts in the community, Individual performance commission, Final live performance to an audience and Employment opportunities in performing arts. There are 9 internal assessments by the teacher and 4 external assessments by Pearson.
Optional Units – Choose from:
Site Specific Performance
Healthy Dancer
Contemporary Dance Technique
Physical Theatre Techniques  
Movement in Performance
Children’s Theatre  

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?

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. 

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.