The course will challenge you both physically and mentally and push you to become a thinking dancer whilst developing strong creative and technical dance skills. This course promotes both professionalism and artistry and is excellent preparation for those wishing to study and train in dance at higher level. At the same time it is also accessible to anyone with a genuine interest and passion for dance.

The course is an exciting and practical two-year programme of study that is assessed via practical assessment, coursework and vocational projects. There will be trips to see a diverse range of performances, as well as the chance to work with visiting dance companies and professional choreographers. Students will have a number of performance opportunities throughout the year.

You will:

  • Study a range of work by cutting edge choreographers and learn and perform repertory from these works.
  • Learn how to choreograph innovative and creative work for live performance and for camera.
  • Experience a taste of the world of the working dancer through a range of classes and workshops.
  • Learn how to experiment with movement and develop creativity.
  • Work together as a professional company in a creative environment to produce a full-length piece of work that is performed in a professional theatre space, during the summer term.
  • Form a dance company and learn how to market and promote your own performance event for Brighton Festival.
  • Dance Leadership Award: The programme includes community dance outreach activities, leading workshops and working with others as well as assisting at Let's Dance at The Dome, Brighton.

I loved the subject at GCSE and wanted to continue it as it offered much more in depth experience of belonging to a dance company which has been invaluable. I've loved the community within the course and the support throughout has been amazing.

Frankie Court ex Priory School

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
PLUS
Successful dance experience.
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
Approximately 80% practical, 20% written. Work is assessed continuously via vocational assignments; there are no written examinations.
CAREER PATHWAYS
HE courses in Dance, Performing Arts, Physical Theatre and Drama. Previous students have gone on to study Dance at Trinity Laban, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, LIPA, Kingston University, University of East London, Falmouth, Surrey University and Chichester University. Many alumni are working professionally as performers and/or teachers and choreographers.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Creativity; teamwork; leadership skills; problem-solving; independence; how to work effectively with external clients; funding & performance arts marketing.
ENQUIRIES TO
Lisa Yelland: ljy@varndean.ac.uk