Dance

BTEC Level 3 Dance

BTEC Dance is a fantastic choice if you are interested in studying dance in depth through the creation and performance of choreography, and the analysis of dance repertoire. You do not have to pursue a career in dance to take this course, and the skill-set gained from taking the role of both a choreographer and performer in a practical setting provide a range of favourable skills for both employment and university. This course is assessed predominantly through internally assessed coursework, and assessment has a larger focus on practical work and covers a wider range of dance styles compared to the A Level. The BTEC course can be studied in three sizes;

  1. BTEC Extended Certificate in Dance: equivalent to 1 A Level, and studied alongside 2 other subjects
  2. BTEC Diploma in Dance: equivalent to 2 A Levels, and studied alongside 1 other subject
  3. BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts: full time course which is equivalent to 3 A Levels, and covers Dance, Acting and Singing

You do not need to have studied BTEC or GCSE Dance before, but having prior practical experience is essential. Practical assessments will be in a wide variety of styles, but as long as you’re enthusiastic and willing to learn, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t studied a specific style before. Students are required to already have competent technique in dance on admission, and you should attend Wyke start practical audition workshops in order to be accepted on the course.

A combination of external and internal assessed coursework and an external exam.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Dance, BTEC Diploma in Dance and BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts requires you to achieve the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway. You will also be required to attend a short audition in the summer term.

EXAM BOARD

Edexcel

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching staff in the dance department include Toni Knight (Head of Dance and Theory teacher) and Laura Bulless (Teacher of 1st and 2nd year practical), alongside extra-curricular teachers Julie Lovewell (Head of Dance at NAPA), Hannah Goodhall and David Danville (founder of Skyline Studios). The department uses a rehearsal and performance space that has a fully sprung dance floor, mirrors, sound and lighting facilities. It has access to the college Library and classroom facilities as well as the state of the art College ICT facilities.

BTEC DANCE EXTENDED CERTIFICATE (1 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

  • Single subject choice: 4 x lessons a week, and studied alongside 2 x other subjects
  • 33% external assessment
  • Range of dance styles and choreography units
  • Units studied over 2years include:

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 14: Choreography for Live Performance

Unit 22: Movement in Performance

Unit 34: Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance

BTEC DANCE DIPLOMA (2 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

  • Double subject choice: 8 x lessons a week, and studied alongside 1 x other subjects
  • Compulsory participation in college production enrichment in first year
  • 46% external assessment
  • Range of dance styles and choreography units alongside dance-specific project-based units
  • Units studied over 2years include:

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community

Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission (externally assessed)

Unit 6: Final Live Performance to an Audience

Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 14: Choreography for Live Performance

Unit 22: Movement in Performance

BTEC PERFORMING ARTS (ACTING, DANCE AND SINGING) EXTENDED DIPLOMA (3 A LEVEL EQUIVALENT)

  • Triple subject choice: 13 x lessons a week. Full-time course
  • Compulsory participation in college production enrichment in first year
  • 42% external assessment
  • Range of dance styles and choreography units
  • Basic Acting and Singing units
  • Range of project-based units and employability that can be explored in dance, acting or singing
  • Units studied over 2years include:

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioners’ Work (externally assessed)

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop (externally assessed)

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community

Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission (externally assessed)

Unit 6: Final Live Performance to an Audience

Unit 7: Employment Opportunities in the Performing Arts (externally assessed)

Unit 12: Contemporary Dance Technique

Unit 14: Choreography for Live Performance

Unit 19: Acting Styles

Unit 22: Movement in Performance

Unit 23: Singing Techniques for Performers

Unit 29: Storytelling

TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT

Competition Squad

In this enrichment, you will:

  • Compete in a range of styles including contemporary, street/commercial, tap and ballet.
  • Enter the ‘That’s Showbiz’ national competition.
  • In 2019 were crowned national champions, beating 6000+ dancers from 200 dance schools. Wyke were the only sixth form college to compete; going against professional dance schools.

Sessions are led by external coaches including Hannah Goodhall, Julie Lovewell (NAPA) and David Danville (Skyline)

Contemporary Dance Qualification

In this enrichment, you can complete one of the following qualifications:

  • Grade 6 (£50), Inter-foundation (£65), Intermediate (£70)

All of these courses carry UCAS points.

During the programme you will study the following

  • Warm Up Exercises, Barre Exercises, Floor and Standing Exercises, Set Amalgamations, Examiner’s dance and Student Choreography.

This enrichment will be put into your timetable for one session per week.

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE

The department recommend that you attend one of our scheduled open events to learn more about this exciting course. We also recommend that you come along to your taster sessions within this subject at Wyke Start, our two-day taster event in July. You will also be given some summer work to complete following this event to help you prepare for your first few weeks on the course.

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