BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Extended Certificate (2 years – equivalent to 1 A Level)

Course Description

This two year course is designed for students who wish to explore and develop their technique, choreography, live performance skills and appreciation of dance. It provides training in a variety of genres and styles including, contemporary dance and jazz dance.

Grade 4 or above in GCSE Dance (if taken) or Level 2 Vocational Performance qualification at Merit or above. Significant extra-curricular dance training and/or performance experience would also be accepted.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Through technique classes and practical workshops you will learn about current and influential practitioners of dance and acquire the skills to create original choreography to fulfil a performance brief. With a strong emphasis on performance work this course will enable you to develop a wide range of physical and interpretive skills as well as enhancing and channelling your creativity as a dancer. You will have the opportunity to create work for various projects and develop the skills to perform to a high standard as part of an ensemble. The course also allows you to develop self-confidence, presentation skills, personal discipline, time management and group work skills which are highly regarded by both employers and in higher education.

Studying dance enables you to develop key skills such as discipline, motivation, creativity and teamwork. Through this course you will broaden your knowledge of the dance world and the forms, approaches and contributors that have shaped its development.

Units are assessed individually and marks are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of practical examination and coursework.

You will have regular opportunities to showcase your work in our Studio Theatre, to participate in trips to view live professional work and to represent the College as part of our Rock Challenge team. Studying this subject will enable you to develop excellent interpersonal (or ‘human’) skills nurturing both independence and team-building abilities.

Dance offers an extensive range of options for life after College, whether this is further study of dance at a dance school or university, or a specific career path, including: dancer, teacher, physiotherapist, arts administrator or manager.