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Dance (BTEC Diploma Level 3)

Qualification type

BTEC qualifications emphasise learning by doing – you are assessed by your written assignments and practical work. It is a vocational course, so you can learn about career opportunities in Dance and the skills necessary to go on to Higher Education or directly to the Performing Arts Industry.

  • BTEC L3 Certificate in Dance is our smallest qualification and is equivalent to one AS Level.

  • BTEC L3 Subsidiary Certificate in Dance is equivalent to one A Level.

  • BTEC L3 Diploma in Dance is equivalent to two A Levels.

  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Dance is equivalent to three A Levels.

With all of our programmes you may be able to study between one and three AS/A Level subjects alongside, depending on your GCSE grades and timetable.

Course Summary

BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Dance) is a diverse, vibrant and exciting course that demands a massive commitment from the learner. Dance is a unique subject, which allows you to explore a diverse range of styles and genres, some of which may be new to you. It will require you to embrace your creative side as well as engaging your analytical brain. It takes determination to succeed; you will be expected to use your

initiative, dedicate time for extra rehearsals and be committed to teamwork. Dance is not for the faint

hearted. BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Dance) is a great foundation for anyone wanting to become involved in a career in dance. Whether you want to be a dancer, choreographer, teacher, dance therapist, fitness instructor or dance journalist, it enables you to develop your talent, gain knowledge and bring depth to your range of performance and choreographic skills. We offer many CV boosting opportunities such as; performance experience in our 2 annual Dance Shows, workshops with internationally renowned dance artists and exciting trips and residencies.


BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts (Dance) is recognised by universities, conservatoires and dance studios and will gain you valuable UCAS points, allowing you to study in Higher Education. The course could also lead you directly into the Dance industry as you certainly get the know-how and experience to make a valuable member of a professional company. It also prepares you for any career where communication skills, the ability to work in a team or dealing with the public are important.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (including English and Maths), or the equivalent. Experience in dance is essential. As places are limited you will need to attend an audition. We are prepared to consider all applications upon individual merit, but you will need stamina and a willingness to commit to rehearsals, as well as attending live performances.

*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2019 prospectus. Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.

Course content



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The course is made up of units that give you a broad range of study. In your 1st year these may include:

Dance Technique & Dance Performance: You will review & develop your own physical skills and will learn the intricacies of a range of exciting styles and how to express them in performance. These may include:

  • Contemporary Dance
  • Ballet

  • Jazz
  • Urban

Performing to an audience: you will work collaboratively to create dance pieces for performance in the Phoenix Theatre and other venues

Choreographic Principles: you will explore different techniques, stimuli & styles to create exciting & innovative dance works

Dance Appreciation: you will analyse how choreographers put dances together, recreate sections from professional works and contribute to existing works to help create a new piece.

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

Timings and Assessments

All units are assessed in a variety of ways, including: performance of your work in the studio & in our dance shows, essay writing, evaluations & presentations. There is no final examination. You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly evaluate and discuss your progress. You will also have some externally assessed units. BTEC Dance is fundamentally a two year course, but one year options can be discussed with the Programme Leader. It’s hard work, but it’s fun!


You will make use of the excellent facilities in the Phoenix Theatre complex. We have 2 fully equipped Dance Studios with sprung floor, full-length mirrors and lighting rig. There are a number of Dance resources available in the studio & library to assist with your studies.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years. You will need to have practical dance clothing including; tracksuit/leggings and t-shirts, leotard, tights & ballet shoes, you may also find kneepads come in handy. An MP3 is also very useful. There is £20 workshop fee to contribute to our extensive programme.


For more information about this course please contact: Alisa Holt, BTEC L3 Dance Programme Leader – alisa.holt@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries please contact – enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk

Further Information

We organise trips to see a variety of Dance companies that will hopefully inspire and inform you and your work. You are asked to pay the reasonable costs of ticket and travel. We have an extensive programme of workshops, where professional dancers & dance companies come in to deliver an exciting taster of life as a dancer. Previous workshops include; Junior Cunningham (Motionhouse Dance Theatre), Hofesh Shechter Company, English National Ballet, Joss Arnott, James Wilton, Banxy, Bounce Street Dance Company, LCDS, Phoenix Dance Theatre & Tavaziva Dance.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that information is correct at time of going to press, national changes to all subjects mean that the exact content is not guaranteed.

  • Venue: QD
  • Course Code: NC416
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