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Subject Leader: Mrs S Rowe


BTEC TECH Award in Performing Arts: Dance

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 1/2

Course Overview

Throughout the dance course pupils are given the opportunity to study a range of dance styles and understand the key features of being part of a performance company. The styles covered in this course will range from street dance, jazz and contemporary. Pupils will improve their overall production and preparation skills through the process of rehearsal and performing to an audience. Pupils will be internally and externally assessed across the duration of the course and will have many performance opportunities.
The course aims to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of performing arts and help with valuable skills needed for any chosen career in a fun and practical environment. Pupils work on a range of dance skills and work towards improving their overall technique.

The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

  • Development of key skills that prove learners’ ability in performing arts, such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimulus.
  • Process that underpins effective ways of working in the performing arts, such as development of ideas, rehearsal and performance.
  • Skills and techniques that are considered most important in the performing arts, including personal management and communication.
  • Knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and development, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles.

There are three components that you will do:

  • Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance. 30% of total.
  • Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of dance repertoire. 30% of total.
  • Component 3: Performing to a Brief. Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus. 40% of total.

Curriculum Content

Year 9 BTEC TECH Award

Term 1-3: Preparation for Component 1
Term 4-6: Preparation for Component 2

Year 10 BTEC TECH Award

Term 1-3: Component 1
Term 4-6: Component 2

Year 11 BTEC TECH Award

Term 1-2: FinalisingComponent 1 and 2 
Term 3:    Preparation for Component 3
Term 4-6: Component 3


Useful Website Links

Pearson Website

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • BTEC catch up sessions, School production, KS3, KS4 & KS5 Dance Clubs, Opportunities for Post 16 pupils to assist with lower school dance clubs.
  • Trips to see live performances.
  • Trip to take part in professional dance workshops (Move It exhibition and Pineapple dance studios)
  • Trip to Disneyland, Paris 

Dance club dates and times:

  • Year 7 and 8 Dance Fusion (Juniors) - Monday after school
  • Year 9, 10 and 11 Dance Fusion (Seniors) - Tuesday after school