BTEC Dance Or GCSE Dance?

There are two routes for studying dance at KS4; BTEC and GCSE.  Each places different demands on students and one will therefore be more suitable than the other for each individual student.  The courses are studied over 2 years with 2 lessons per week.  All students opting to study dance are taught together initially.  After roll over the class is then divided to create a BTEC group and a GCSE group based on each student’s ability, confidence, and independence.

This decision is usually made by the dance teachers who will assess students during their classwork. The lessons for both courses will involve a variety of practical and theory work.  Pupils studying dance at KS4 are expected to take part in the Movement Festival.

What skills will I need?

Experience in dance is advantageous but not essential; although these courses are a big step up from the work you did in year 9 dance lessons.

You will need the following;

  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Confidence in performing – this subject is not suitable for shy people!
  • Creative ideas and an open mind ready to try different styles of dance.
  • The ability to work in small groups and on your own.
  • A reasonable level of physical skill- flexibility, strength, co-ordination.
  • The ability to understand dance key terms and use them in written work.
  • A reflective mind allowing you to evaluate and improve.
  • The ability to plan, perform and evaluate

GCSE Dance

Grades from A*-G are achieved

Students are assessed over 4 units;

  • Unit 1 – a written exam taken at the end of Y11 worth 20% of the final grade
  • Unit 2 – Performance of a Set Dance- a practical exam which is recorded and sent off for marking (worth 20%)
  • Unit 3 – Performance in a group piece – a practical exam assessed live for an examiner (worth 20%)
  • Unit 4 – 2 choreography tasks – a solo based on 3 taught motifs (worth 15%) and another piece which must be created based on an idea/stimulus (worth 25%) – assessed live for an examiner.
  • There is more emphasis on written work with a written exam and written coursework
  • Students need to be independent and regularly attend sessions after school
  • The main dance style studied is Contemporary

For further details see Mrs Adams.

Why study Dance?

You will learn about performance skills which may be useful for a further career in performing arts.  Both courses look at different dance styles which will make you a more diverse dancer.

  • Analysis –you’ll never be able to watch a dance production again without analysing it.
  • Communication and practical skills are developed. You will work in groups creating and performing dances.
  • Dance is also brilliant for developing self-confidence.

BTEC First Award in Performing Arts: Dance

Units are marked with Pass, Merit, Distinction 3 Units are studied;

  • Unit 2 -Preparation, Performance and Production (internally assessed)
  • Unit 1 – Individual Showcase (externally assessed)
  • Unit 4 – Dance Skills (internally assessed)
  • Students are expected to perform in assemblies and other occasions as part of their assessment.
  • All assessments are recorded in school and then sent off to be marked when required.
  • There is less written work; this is mostly coursework with one written task carried out as a controlled assessment.
  • The main dance styles studied are Contemporary, Street and Jazz.