L3 BTEC in Performance (Dance) - NSCD


Type: Further Education

Qualification: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate Performance (Dance)

Duration: 2 years

Delivered in partnership with Ralph Thoresby School Sixth Form, this course is a Level 3 Pathway for those who wish to pursue a career in dance. It is designed to adequately prepare students for vocational, degree or conservatoire-level dance training. Students completing the programme achieve a Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performance (Dance) which is equivalent to 1 A-Level.

Students have access to the fantastic facilities at Ralph Thoresby School, spending up to 8 hours per week on professional dance workshops and lectures, delivered by Northern School staff . Students also spend a minimum of one evening per week here at NSCD , making use of our specialist, professional-standard dance facilities. As part of the programme students and their families are invited to watch professional performances from guest companies, student work and community showcases at our Riley Theatre.

Apply by: Monday 16 March 2020

Please note: All applicants must apply through Ralph Thoresby School's admissions portal Start Profile. NSCD Admissions does not manage this programme.

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Course overview

This qualification offers an engaging programme of study for those looking to access professional dance training. The qualification allows learners to study related and complementary qualifications alongside it, without duplication of content. When taken with other Level 3 qualifications, it supports access to a range of performing arts routes at Higher Education level.

The programme has a practical focus on dance technique, performance, creative work and dance appreciation. Theory is directly related to what is experienced in practical sessions.

In addition to this qualification students may choose up to two other A Level or BTEC options offered at Ralph Thoresby School and Lawnswood School Sixth Form Partnership.

What you will study

Developing Skills and Techniques for Performance – 60 Units

Learners explore technical performance skills with a focus on developing skills and techniques in at least two performance styles.

Group Performance Workshop – 120 Units

Learners explore and integrate creative, physical and vocal skills and techniques, working collaboratively to create a performance in response to a given stimulus.

Contemporary Dance Technique – 60 Units

In this unit, students develop the essential skills needed to be a contemporary dancer, participating in technique classes, rehearsals and performance projects. Students gain an understanding of contemporary dance as a style and the key influences on its development through research and practical application. Throughout their learning and development students are taught to reflect on their progress and practice, to support their continuous development as dancers.

Choreography for Live performance – 60 Units

In this unit, students explore and develop the necessary skills to be able to respond to a choreographic brief and realise their ideas for a live performance. Throughout their learning students are taught how to reflect on their progress, supporting their development and creative practice.

Improvisation – 60 Units

In this unit, students develop improvisation skills and techniques using a range of stimulus, such as physical, aural, text and motif. Working as both as an individual and in collaboration with other performers, students use skills and techniques gained in classes and rehearsals to develop material, explore character, and interpret the creative intentions of others. Throughout their learning and development students are taught how to reflect on their practice in order to support their development as effective performers.

Students may wish to study additional units AND/OR explore the following styles with NSCD:

  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Street Dance Technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique

Entry requirements

Entry is following successful participation in an audition-style dance workshop and an interview, led by NSCD and Ralph Thoresby School. Students will normally have previous experience of dance and a grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Application timeline

4 March – Applications officially open. Open evening at Ralph Thoresby School

16 March – Applications close.

17 March – Application processing and audition/interview invitations sent out to applicants.

18 March – Practical workshop at Ralph Thoresby School, 1pm – 2.30pm.

20 March – Interviews.