dance

BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

Qualification: 
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Nicola Kingsley

What is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts?

The role of the performer in the 21st century is very demanding and the training and skills required to meet the needs of this challenging industry need to be learnt to an exacting standard.  The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts aims to equip students with performance skills and methods to work in today’s professional theatre. You will need to be a very focused and committed individual and willing to apply yourself fully to this 2 year course.  This course provides a wide variety of skills in Dance, Drama & Singing.

The course is delivered through 7 core units that everyone studying this course nationally will cover, with an additional 6 units chosen by Alton College.

The core units cover areas of the performing arts such as:

  • Investigating influential professionals in the industry by describing, analyzing and comparing their work.
  • Creating a group performance based on a specific brief
  • Creating a series of solo performances based on a specific brief
  • Learning about job roles within the industry, the skills relating to pitching an idea and self promotion
  • Developing and using skills as a dancer, actor and singer
  • Arts in the Community
  • Performing to a live audience

The additional units may cover:

  • Musical theatre
  • Jazz dance
  • Singing techniques
  • Acting styles
  • Choreography
  • Children’s theatre
  • Physical theatre
  • Screen acting

 

Is the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts suitable for me?

The 2-year Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at Alton College is a full-time course which is an excellent way to prepare you for future work in the performing arts and supporting industries. You will need to be totally focused, dedicated and committed to all projects over this 2 year period working as a member of a team and independently. If you enjoy performing and developing your creative ideas through performance, rehearsal and workshops and thrive on the challenge of developing original and established works of theatre, this course is ideal for you. You will learn and develop skills within acting, singing and dance and the process of creating original work in all three disciplines.

How will I learn?

Learning will take place through a variety of challenging creative projects, assignments and public performances. You will be taught by specialist staff within the Wessex Arts Centre.  You will work in teams and independently on a regular basis i.e. performance, workshops, musical theatre, research/exploration, evaluation of professional theatre/dance, presentations, discussions, written tasks etc.  There will be high expectations of your commitment on this BTEC course.  In addition, a highly focused and dedicated approach to your studies will result in producing work of the highest standard at BTEC level 3.  

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of 13 units during the two years of the course. The units are assessed via controlled assessments and coursework – and this may include the production of portfolios, shows, presentations, creative practical projects, and staff observations. None of the units require you to sit a formal examination, although some creative tasks are set by the exam board and some written work will be sent off for marking.
 
For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.
 
Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a Foundation Diploma and progress to the second year and full Extended Diploma.

Progression

You may want to progress to either vocational training at a 'stage school' or conservatoire or to gain a degree/Higher National Diploma in a Performing Arts based subject at University. Alternatively, this course will also provide an invaluable knowledge and experience to work within other related areas of the theatrical profession i.e. direction, production, arts marketing etc. Occasionally some students use transferrable skills gained on this course such as creativity, communication, team working, confidence etc to go into other non-related fields.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. To study this course you should have experience and interest in performing arts.

Course costs

All BTEC students will be asked to finance theatre trips throughout the course. Additional costs will include the following: printed course materials, dance kit, stationary, DVDs/CDs and a 4GB memory stick. 

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Dance

Qualification: 
A Level
Duration: 
2 years
Level: 
3
Curriculum Manager: 
Nicola Kingsley

What is Dance?

Dance is a practical, creative and artistic subject. As a dance student, you will participate in choreographic tasks; solo as well as group work. Therefore, you will be expected to perform in front of an audience as well as the Examiner and the rest of your class. A Level Dance is NOT about learning routines but about exploring safe dance studio practices and creating your own choreography. You are also required to be able to write about and analyze coherently the types of dance you will be exploring in and out of the class. This will be your own work as well as professional repertoire.

Is Dance suitable for me?

Dance offers an interesting mixture of both practical and theory work. You will work on solo and group performances, designing and choreographing in a wide number of styles and forms of dance. Many students enjoy the physical energy of dance and the opportunity to explore the expressive relationship between movement and music. In order to succeed in this subject, you will need to be self motivated, committed and be open to improving your dance skills in both written and practical work. Current A Level Dance students say there is a need to be prepared to put in extra time for rehearsal. You need to be organised, dedicated and have a love for movement.

How will I learn?

Most lessons are of a practical nature, whether it is rehearsing for a performance, learning dance theory, participating in improvisation, devising choreography or analyzing professional dance work. The class focus is often on learning theory through practice and they are therefore not run like an extra-curricular dance lesson such as RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern or Street dance. You are expected to take notes on each class as part of your ongoing Dance Folder. On average four hours of private study are expected each week at A Level. This can consist of rehearsal time, essay writing and research based exploration of dance in the professional world.

How will I be assessed?

Overall assessment weighting of the full A Level
Practical assessment = 50%; written assessment = 50%

A-Level written assessment - 50% of A Level

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes split in to two sections. Section A relates to one era of dance history and one set professional work within that era. Section B asks questions on a second era of dance history and set professional work. The questions require critical analysis and appreciation of the work.

A-Level practical assessment - 50% of A Level

  • A group choreography lasting three to four minutes. The candidate will choreograph the dance on other people and not perform within it. This is also based on a response to one of four given stimuli.
  • A Solo performance lasting two to three minutes based on a dance practitioner in the professional dance world. This performance must reflect the style of a Dance Practitioner the student has chosen to study or be a re-creation of an existing professional solo appropriate to the eras of dance history outlined in the specification.
  • A performance in a quartet lasting between three and four minutes. Each candidate will be marked individually on their performance skills.
    All practical assessments are performed in front of a visiting examiner.

Progression

The course can lead you to studying Dance or Performing Arts courses at university at the end. A Level Dance also naturally links up to PE courses at university. Gaining choreographic and performance experience through the A Level Dance course can give students a better chance at getting into vocational performing arts schools. This course can also improve an individual’s creativity, self confidence and communicative skills, needed for a wide variety of career paths.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

The course is designed for students from a dance background. Either a GCSE in Dance or dance experience from a private dance school (RAD, ISTD, IDTA exams) is essential.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide a standard textbook, their own stationery, computer discs and calculators (where appropriate). Costs are outlined below:

Essential: £75 for textbooks and DVDs. (Although access to specific dance books and DVDs will be available in the Learning Resource Centre, you are recommended to purchase your own copies).
Desirable: You will be expected to attend trips to dance performances. The cost of these trips and workshops can be up to £50 throughout the year.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Course Code

AQA1231/2231

 

 

Syndicate content