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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Dance in the Sixth Form

BTEC Level 3: National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts

What is the course about?

BTEC Dance is a specialist qualification focusing on developing key knowledge and practical skills required in the Dance employment sector.  Technique classes are predominately contemporary dance based with workshops exploring other dance genres.  Students appreciate and analyse their own work as well as those by professional companies.  Choreography and performance are also key aspects.  Students that show potential maybe considered for entry into the A Level Dance qualification in addition to the BTEC.

Units that are compulsory:

  1. Investigating Practitioners’ Work
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  3. Group Performance Workshop

Optional units (choice of one):

  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Tap Dance Technique
  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Street Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Technique

How will I be assessed?

  1. Investigating Practitioners’ Work - unit assessed externally
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance – internally assessed 
  3. Group Performance Workshop – unit assessed externally

Optional unit is assessed by teacher and externally verified.

What qualifications do I need to take the course?

You will need to have achieved at least a GCSE grade 6 in Dance and grade 5 in GCSE English.  Auditions are available for students who have experience of dance outside of school at the department’s discretion.

What extra work can I do?

Attend extra dance classes will help to improve technique and develop your movement vocabulary.  Attending performances by professional dance companies will aid your critical thinking and choreography.