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BTEC Dance

Years 10 & 11


The Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award Performing Arts (Dance)

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Course Specification Link

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600/4785/9 – Course Specification Number

Course Overview



The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts has been designed for young people aged 14 to 19 who may wish to explore a vocational route throughout Key Stage 4.


It has been developed to:

  • Give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful in working life.
  • Encourage personal development through practical participation and performance with focus on dance as a discipline.
  • Give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of performing arts through a defined pathway, dance.
  • Provide education and training for dance employees.
  • Give learners the opportunity to progress to other vocational and general qualifications.

In year 10 pupils will focus on the development of dance technique through learning a variety of dance genres, street and contemporary. They will develop the technical foundations needed to perform set studies and own choreographic projects. Each student will have the opportunity to develop creatively and work as part of a team to use choreographic devices, structures and stimulus to create dance pieces.

Year 11 will see students working more independently on the individual showcase unit of work. By this point in the course students will be equipped with the skills they need to create and perform solo dance pieces.

All work learnt throughout this dance course will be performed in our annual dance showcase at the Theatre Royal Margate. Here students have the opportunity to perform all their hard work to an audience.


Unit 4 Dance Skills 50% of total BTEC

This unit will be internally assessed and requires students to experience a wide range of dance styles developing new skills and reviewing themselves in an on-going log-book setting SMART targets. Assessment will take place in the form of video recordings, teacher observations, witness statements and submission of a weekly log-book.

Unit 1 Individual Showcase 25% of total BTEC

This unit will be externally assessed through a 2 hour controlled assessment which involves writing a letter of application for a place within a performing arts school. The assessment has a total of 12 marks. Pupils must also perform two practical audition pieces lasting between 1-2 minutes in response to the given theme set by Edexcel. The practical performances are marked using two grids: Grid A – Communication and Technical Skills which has a maximum of 15 marks, and Grid B – Application to the Progression Opportunity which also has a maximum of 15 marks. The whole unit together has 42 marks that pupils can strive for.

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production 25% of total BTEC

This unit will be internally assessed and involves the student taking on a role within a performing arts company. Student's will have to show evidence of their contribution towards the show via session plans, research notes, an evaluation, teacher observations, annotated photographs and video recordings.

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Dance showcase at Theatre Royal Margate.
  • Great Big Dance Off - National school dance competition.
  • Dance clubs
  • Workshops with professional dance artists.
  • Many other performance opportunities.