BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: EdExcel, Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Equivalent to one-and-a-half A levels

Course Description

Studying Dance at a higher level will enable you to develop a wide range of physical and interpretative skills as well as enhancing and channelling your creativity as a dancer. This course also promotes excellent communication and teamwork skills.

You are required to have a minimum grade 4 in dance if taken at GCSE, or a Merit if you have completed a level 2 vocational dance course.

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.

This two year diploma course involves taking a closer look at contemporary dance and practitioners through Dance Appreciation and Contemporary Dance Technique; the study of genres and technique in Jazz and Urban Dance; exploring dance composition and ideas through Choreographic Principles and Performance Workshop; understanding the arts industry through Performing Arts Business and having the opportunity to perform and create work for various projects through Dance Performance and Performing to an Audience.

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 it’s 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, physiothearapist, arts administrator or manager.