Dance Extended Diploma

Performing Arts National Extended Diploma - Edexcel

Level 3

Who is this course for?

This BTEC National Extended Diploma in Performing Arts is aimed at students who want to continue their learning via the creative world of dance, song and stagecraft. The nature of the course demands total commitment and high levels of energy from students. Full-scale productions are staged. This two-year full-time course is the equivalent of 3 A Levels and offers the opportunity to cover the practical as well as the theoretical areas of dance. If you are passionate about the arts and enjoy dance, performing and music then this could be the course for you.

Formal Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C and above, including English, and/or a Level 2 qualification or equivalent.

What does the course involve?

You need to complete 18 units to pass this course successfully. The course recognises the skills, knowledge and understanding of the Performing Arts sector. You should also enjoy working closely with other students in groups as well as on your own initiative, be willing to experiment and explore new topics and have a passion for performance. Examples of units you may study on the course include: Performing Arts Business, Performing to an Audience, Ballet, Jazz Dance, Contemporary Dance, and Urban Dance. Functional skills will also form an important part of your course. They are the skills we use in all aspects of our study, work and everyday life. When you start the course, your tutor will discuss which functional skills are the most appropriate for you.

Enrichment activities

Students have opportunities to see professional performances in the West End as well as locally. You also have opportunity to engage with community and local authority organisations, and take part in projects/ workshops with Dancexchange and Wolverhampton University. Students are taken to the ‘Move it’ exhibition each year in London to participate in dance workshops, visit Higher Education representatives and discover professional development within the dance industry. You also have chance to be involved in workshops with Linton Management - a top TV and theatre agency.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of coursework, practical work and assessment. Learning methods include practical dance technique workshops; dance performances; private study; tutorials, theatre visits and theory work.

Where can I go next?

Many students have Higher Education or dance school as a target at the end of their studies. It is also possible to gain junior positions in administration, stagecraft and educational areas of theatre work, or even form your own theatre/dance company.