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Redland Green School

KS4 Dance

The BTEC Dance programme is designed to encourage you to develop as an independent learner and grow into a confident, creative dancer and performer. You will develop skills, imagination, creativity and drive to meet the challenges of the competitive and demanding dance profession of today.


Exam Board:

Pearson Dance: BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts


How is the course examined?

The course is made up of three components: two that are internally assessed and then externally moderated, and one that is externally assessed by the exam board. Learners are required to complete and achieve all three components in the qualification.

Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts (Written formal assessment)

In this component you will develop a practical understanding of how professional dance pieces are created. You will look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant dance skills and techniques. You will have the chance to explore practically the work of different professionals to develop an appreciation of the methods they use to explore a theme and communicate to audiences through their work. You will broaden your knowledge through observing existing dance repertoire and by learning about professionals’ approaches and how they create and influence performance material. 

There are 36 Guided Learning Hours - 24 hours are teaching and learning time in the classroom and dance studio. There is a 12 hour formal assessment based on an assignment set by Pearson. 

Component 2 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts. (Written and practical formal assessment)

In this component, you will develop performing skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to specialise as a performer in dance. You will take part in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. You will work from existing professional dance repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce performance elements of the work. Throughout your development, you will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements. 

There are 36 Guided Learning Hours - 21 hours are teaching and learning time in the classroom and dance studio. There is a 15 hour formal assessment based on an assignment set by Pearson. 

Component 3 Responding to a Brief (Written and practical assessment under exam conditions)

This external component builds on knowledge, understanding and skills acquired and developed in Components 1 and 2 and includes synoptic assessment. Learners will apply their skills and techniques creatively to a workshop performance for a live audience. Learners will capture their ideas on planning, development and effectiveness of the production process in a written log and an evaluation report

External Synoptic Assessment 48 Guided Learning Hours.


How is the course structured? 

Year 10 Year 11

Term 1 – 4 

Component 2

Term 5 – 6 

Component 1

Term 1-2

Component 1 continued 

Term 3 – 5 

Component 3 


Why the course is sequenced this way?

Component 2 is taught as our introductory component as this gives students the opportunity to experience different styles of dance as well as build and develop their dance technique and performance skills which they will then apply to Component 1 & 3.


Component 1 is the second component we teach which will widen their experience of dance styles and professional dance performances that they will study which will also prepare them for Component 3.