Performing Arts Dance Pathway Level 2

Arts, Media and Publishing

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

Code PAD_L2
Qualification Type National Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


This is a Level 2, one-year course aimed at students who require the opportunity to further develop their skills and work towards gaining additional GCSEs before they progress to Level 3 qualifications. Students will take on a predominantly Performing Arts Course along with an additional GCSE in Media  and Work Experience as outlined below, in order to prepare them for the world of work or for further education at Level 3. 


Btec International Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts - This BTEC Level 2 qualification is an intermediate qualification for post-16 learners who want to specialise in a specific occupation, occupational area or technical role. It prepares learners for work or progression to Level 3 qualifications by giving them the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge, technical and practical skills, and to apply these skills in work-related environments. The 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.

Students will follow 3 units broken down into 1 mandatory and 2 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. All units will take place in the first year. One unit is externally 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 2 qualification.

Work Experience within the Performing Arts Dance Department – There will be an opportunity to develop your skills within the department as guided by the Head of Performing Arts. There will be a focus on teaching KS2/3 students introducing candidates to early teaching skills. Thereby enhancing, team work, communication and planning skills.

GCSE Media Studies – GCSE Media will enable students to develop and practise a range of skills. Students will analyse how media products like TV programmes and music videos use media language, and representations to create meaning. Students will learn about the media industry and how the industry affects how media products are made. They will investigate media audiences, exploring who are the people who watch, read, and consume the products, and consider how different people might be affected by media products differently, and why. Throughout the course students will study and be exposed to many different media forms. Alongside the theoretical components of the course students will create a practical production. In the practical work, students will be able to apply what you have learned about the media in the production of their own media products. 

GCSE Mathematics and English Language - This area of the course allows students to re-sit their GCSE Mathematics and or English Language as required, in order to improve their grade with the aim of achieving a 4 grade or higher in each subject. Students will be assessed through coursework and sitting formal GCSE paper examinations. 

How will it be delivered?

Through coursework and examination.

Entry requirements

1 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSEs Grades in the range of 9-2 (Including Maths and English at Grade 3 or above)

Your next steps...

We encourage our students to look at all pathway options, College Courses, Apprenticeships, Traineeships, 6th Form Schools and direct employment. It is important that students enquire about entry criteria for all courses they wish to apply for.

Please note there is no automatic pathway to HBHS Level 3 courses upon completion of the Level 2  course and we highly encourage students to make their applications for their onward destination by December.