Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts (Dance)
Equivalent to one GCSE qualifications grade C and higher.
Throughout the course, your child will complete a number of assignments with instructions on how to get a pass, merit and distinction grade.
These assignments will focus on a variety of dance genre and will take them through different roles needed to work within the performing industry.
The units covered during the course are:
Component 1: Exploring the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their understanding of the performing arts by examining practitioners’ work and the processes used to create performance.
They will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of performance styles and look at elements such as roles, responsibilities and the application of relevant skills and techniques. They will broaden your knowledge through observing existing repertoire and by learning about the approaches of practitioners, and how they create and influence performance material.
This component will give learners an understanding of practitioners’ work and the processes and practices that contribute to a range of performance styles. They will also develop transferable skills, such as research and communication, which will support your progression to Level 2 or 3 vocational or academic qualifications.
Component 2: Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
Learners will develop their performing arts skills and techniques through the reproduction of acting, dance and/or musical theatre repertoire.
In this component, they will develop performance skills and techniques in dance. They will take part in workshops and classes where they will develop technical, practical and interpretative skills through the rehearsal and performance process. They will work from existing performing arts repertoire, applying relevant skills and techniques to reproduce the work. Throughout their development, they will review your own progress and consider how to make improvements.
Component 3: Performing to a Brief
Learners will be given the opportunity to work as part of a group to create a workshop performance in response to a given brief and stimulus.
In this component, they will have the opportunity to respond to a brief. They will be given a brief that outlines the performance requirements and that asks them to consider their target audience and to start the creative process by using the given stimulus included in the brief. Working as part of a group, they will develop their ideas for a workshop performance and apply their skills and techniques to communicate their creative intentions to their audience.
The performance skills they will use will vary depending on features such as the performance discipline and the content of the work, the venue and target audience. The work may involve improvisation, movement techniques or assisting with audience involvement. The group performance may involve some solo or small-group work or it may be an ensemble piece. They will have the opportunity to inform the performance using existing or newly developed skills, adapting them to suit the performance.