BTEC Level 1 & 2 Dance

Course details

BTEC Level 1 and 2 Award in Performing Arts: Dance

Students will study 3 different units;

Unit 1 Individual Showcase: Students will be given a scenario which will involve applying for a job or place at college. Students will create and perform audition pieces and will need to write a supporting letter.

Unit 2 Preparation, Performance and Production: Students will learn and develop movement which will be performed to an audience.

Unit 4: Students will learn a variety of dance styles, they will perform in a final dance piece and keep an on-going log book of their progress, students will also write a final evaluation of the work.

Students will be given the opportunity to take part in our extracurricular classes and will be expected to take part in the annual showcase.

Note: You are not allowed to choose GCSE Dance and BTEC Dance. You will also not be able to take BTEC Dance alongside BTEC Drama /Production or Music.

The BTEC Level 1 and 2 Award offers an opportunity for students to    experience a vocational course as an alternative to GCSE.  It provides a more practical based route into Dance.  This will suit students who want a hands-on approach.  It will also enable you to progress to a higher level qualification such as the BTEC level 3  Musical Theatre course which has been successfully run at Wigston College for a number of years.

The course provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for a successful performance in working life.  The course is equivalent to a GCSE and is recognised by employers and educational institutions. 

This course is made up of practical coursework units all of which are accompanied by an evaluation and will involve research. In one unit you will learn about applying for jobs as a dancer and will follow the full application process.

How will you be assessed?

Two of the three units are internally assessed from the work completed on the course, the teachers marks are then moderated both internally and externally. You will know within a few weeks of an assessment what grade you have achieved. For some assessments, you will be required to perform to an audience. The other unit will be marked by an external moderator who will view the work on film.


Students who opt for this course will have learnt many skills that they can either employ directly if they pursue this course/career path at a higher level.  Alternatively, they may take away from the course the transferable skills of problem-solving, time management, communication and presentation skills, as well as organisational and practical knowledge and skills learnt. 

This qualification will lead on well to BTEC Level 3 Musical Theatre (currently running at the college), or other professional qualifications taken as part of training in employment.