BTEC National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts - Dance

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AS12
Qualification Type National Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is equivalent to 1 A level.

This course is designed to develop learners’ ability in the performing arts through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme.

The course is compiled in such a way that the Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level. The course offers a variety of units that cover Technique, Choreography, Performance and Analysis within Dance.

Each unit will have an overall grade awarded of a pass, merit or distinction. The overall points will be calculated at the end of the course. The total points achieved from internally assessed units will be combined with the points from the externally assessed units.  



BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance) 4 units

Mandatory units

• Investigating Practitioners’ Work (Mandatory Synoptic - Externally assessed) • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance (Mandatory - Internally assessed) • Group Performance Workshop (Mandatory - Externally assessed)

Optional Unit chosen by the school

• Contemporary Dance Technique (Internally assessed)

How will it be delivered?

All units are assessed via externally and internally assessed assignmnet tasks and performances.

Entry requirements

Merit at level 2 BTEC if taken / 4 grade in GCSE Dance, if taken

Your next steps...

Students develop technical skills within dance and performance, they also develop communication skills, teamwork, and the ability to reflect and critique performance.  . Students investigate the work of performing arts practitioners; develop critical analysis skills and a contextual understanding of how practitioners communicate themes in their work. They will be researching, evidencing and presenting their information both practically and in a written form. 

The course lays the foundation for any further study of dance or related subjects in higher education. Alternatively, many skills developed on the course are transferable to other subjects for example working with others, communication, and confidence.  Possible careers may include: Dance Coach, Physical Education/Dance Teacher, Sport/Dance Development Officer or any other position linked to dance.