Dance (Vocational)

Arts, Media and Publishing

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

Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is an exciting new RSL course that develops your performance skills, technical skills, choreographic abilities and analysis of your own process and the work of professional practitioners. The course is made up of seven units that are assessed through a practical assessment and a written portfolio. One unit is externally assessed but still through project based work. Each unit requires learners to research, analyse and evaluate the work of various artists and apply this knowledge to their own practice through practical exploration.


Unit 1: Dance Technique and Performance 1: This unit aims to develop skills in contemporary dance, creating and performing specific techniques and sequences. Students will perform in a technique class and show a development over a semester. You will create a technical duet based on the skills developed in the lesson. A written portfolio that shows your understanding of the development of contemporary dance, a development of your skill level and a final evaluation comparing your skill development to the professional dance world.

Unit 2: Choreography: This unit will develop your understanding of choreographic principles and apply them to creating, rehearsing and bringing to performance a dance work.

Unit 3: Ensemble Dance Performance: This is a group performance developed with a teacher and your group ready for a live performance. You will look at recent practitioners who will influence the ensemble piece. The rehearsal process will be analysed as skills in technique will be developed.

Unit 4: Global Dance Styles - An exciting unit introducing new styles of dance and learning specific techniques in these new dance styles. The main focus will be capoeira and khatak but this may change yearly depending on the groups interests.

Unit 5: Repertory Dance Performance - The aim of this unit is to develop your ability to learn, rehearse and perform a group dance. To enhance your understanding of working together towards a united vision of the performance aim. This will be ready to be performed for a live show.

Unit 6: Planning for a Career in the Creative and Performing ArtsIn this unit you will familiarise yourself with the processes associated with effective career planning. The aim is to provide opportunities to align/link your overarching career aims with opportunities that will be provided on this course.

Unit 7 (external unit): This external project is set by the exam board. It is a brief that you will explore both practically and in your research to develop a performance piece. Both the practical and written work is then marked externally.

How will it be delivered?

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Entry requirements

Level 5 or above in Dance GCSE, or RSL level 2, if either taken. Some previous Dance training and experience is required for this course. 

Your next steps...

Dance is a popular subject and is used as a stepping stone to the next level of dance education, be it at a university studying a Dance degree, or at a Conservatoire studying for a performance degree. It can also be used to support other subject areas, and has developed many skills which have enabled previous students to go on to achieve degrees in Architecture, Drama, English Literature and Journalism.

There are many jobs that are available in the dance industry such as dancer, choreographer, dance journalist, sports therapist and teacher.