Learners opting to choose Dance at Level 2 will study a Btec Performing Arts (Dance) course. Btec qualifications are vocational courses and provide learners with the skills needed to progress. The courses included both practical and written assessments.

Term 1, 2 & 3
Key Learning Objectives Learners opting for dance at Level 2 study a Btec First Award in Performing Arts (Dance) course. This course is broadly equivalent to one GCSE grade.

Learners study 3 units over the two year course, two of these units are internally assessed these include ’Dance Skills’ and ‘Preparation, Performance and Production’. The third unit ‘Individual Showcase’ is externally assessed.


In year 11, learners consolidate what their learning from year 10 by presenting both a performance to an audience, and an individual exam performance.


During the year learners study the ‘Individual Showcase’ unit. This unit develop a learners ability to choreograph high quality dances, it provides them with an understanding of the choreographic process and places them in real life contexts. For this unit they are required to choreograph their own individual audition pieces that showcases their skills, these are externally assessed. Learners also study the ‘Preparation, Performance and Production’ unit, this provides learners with the opportunity to create, develop and perform in their own small scale production in front of a live audience. During this unit learners undertake both a production and performance role.

Key Activities / Homework Learners will be set regular homework specific to the unit they are studying. This may be a practical or written based task. Learners may also be given specific assignment work to complete outside of lesson time.
Assessments Each unit within the qualification has specified assessment and grading criteria which are used for grading purposes. During each unit learners will be set various assignments. These are projects that are written by their teachers, they include tasks that allow learners to meet the grading criteria for the unit. At the end of each assignment learners are given a summative feedback sheet, that highlights the criteria they have been awarded. An overall unit grade can be awarded at pass, merit or distinction level:

• To achieve a ‘pass’ a learner must have satisfied all the pass assessment criteria

• To achieve a ‘merit’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the merit grading criteria

• To achieve a ‘distinction’ a learner must additionally have satisfied all the distinction grading criteria.

• Learners who complete the unit but who do not meet all the pass criteria are graded ‘unclassified’.

Suggest reading & support materials Learners will be directed by their teacher to specific support materials and suggested readings. There are also opportunities for further development in Dance in which learners can access specific electives and performance opportunities.