BTEC Dance

Why choose Dance at Fulwood Academy?

Do you like performing in various styles of dance? Is there a specific style that you like the look of, but have never had the opportunity to learn? Would you like to pursue a career in the dance profession as a performer, choreographer or even a teacher?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions then BTEC Dance may be the course for you. You will be provided with the opportunity to learn and develop skills in dance styles such as street, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance genres, as well as being involved in choreographing your own dance routines and working with outside professional dance artists.

This subject will suit you if:

  • You currently dance and wish to progress your skills.
  • You enjoy being physically active.
  • You have the skills and confidence to perform in front of a live viewing audience.
  • You are willing to choreograph and perform a solo performance.
  • You can work well and co-operate in a group.
  • You are willing to learn new skills and relish a challenge.


What will the course involve?


The specification builds upon skills developed at Key Stage 3 and it is therefore desirable that candidates will have participated in all dance lessons (or attended dance extra-curricular or attend a dance workshop club) and displayed both a professional and enthusiastic attitude towards the subject of dance.


BTEC Tech Award in Dance is a challenging and exciting two year course, designed for those pupils who wish to pursue a career in the Performing Arts Industry and more specifically the area of Dance and who wish to push their physical dance skills and knowledge as far as they possibly can.


There will be a range of various units on offer for pupils to study, covering different aspects of Dance in the Performing Arts industry. Some units focus purely on performance and technique, whilst others focus on planning and developing creative skills.


How will I be assessed? 


The BTEC Tech award in Dance is split into 3 components:

1.       Exploring the Performing Arts

2.       Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

3.       Responding to a Brief


Throughout the course pupils will be assessed mostly on practical dance skills; however there are units and assignments which require detailed written analysis and evaluation of certain performances as well as theoretical planning and logging of various dance routines. You will be provided with an assignment that will cover each unit of the course and all practical work will be recorded on video for analysis and assessment purposes. Component 1 and 2 are internally assessed via a series of assignments and component 3 is externally assessed that involves being given a task 12 weeks prior to an external examiner visiting the school where you must demonstrate that you can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification in an integrated way.


Where does the course lead?

BTEC Dance could lead you into various career paths: performer, choreographer or teacher. It also provides a solid foundation for progression onto a wide range of BTEC and A Level courses.