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About the Course

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts, Contemporary Dance Pathway, Course Length: 2 years.

Developing a Post-16 Level 3 National Diploma in contemporary dance has long since been the aim of theschool. Key to creating a diploma was to build a programme that offers the passionate dance student the chance to work with a dedicated team of choreographers, dance teachers and art professionals and hence providing access to the highest quality of training for those who wish to follow a vocational dance career. Therefore, theschool has partnered with Nailsea School’s 6th form program, who as the lead centre supports theschool in the delivery of the Level 3 National Diploma BTEC dance course.

Student Development

theschool’s commitment is to not only develop our students technical and expressive dance skills but to also support the growth of the individual student into becoming an independent artist who wants to explore their creativity whilst gaining the confidence in the skills needed, being ready and adept to take on the challenges and demands of the dance industry as it is today.  However, we do not believe in nurturing talent just for today but to take on the demands of the industry as it grows tomorrow.

Course Funding

The course is a government funded* recognized qualification that is equivalent to 2 A’ Levels allowing the student a cross study pathway that carries UCAS points recognized by HE providers as contributing to the admission requirements to many relevant Degree courses. The BTEC diploma qualification offered by theschool combines well with many other subjects, on offer as part of Nailsea Schools 6th form subject choices, and when taken alongside another Level 3 qualification, offers the opportunity to progress to a wide range of degree programmes, depending on the additional subject(s) studied. This can include many related to the performing arts, sport sciences and more.

*Our National Diploma courses attracts ‘normal’ government funding and is dependent upon the student achieving a minimum grade 4 in English and Maths.

Degree Courses Include

  • BA (Hons) in Dance, if taken alongside another A Level in dance
  • BA (Hons) in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management, if taken alongside a BTEC
    National in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Theatre and Screen: Theatre Design, if taken alongside a BTEC National in Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) in Drama and Event Management, if taken alongside a BTEC National in Creative Digital Media Production
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Writing/Dance, Scriptwriting and Performance, if taken alongside an A Level in English Literature
  • BA (Hons) in Dance and Movement Studies and History, if taken alongside an A Level in History.

*Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

What does the qualification cover?

During the course you will study mainly through practical **dance classes and workshops along with graded course work tailored to meet the standards and expectations of a professional dancer in training.

Students will study:

  •  Contemporary Dance, Urban/Commercial, Ballet along with world dance styles.
  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work: Graham, Akram Khan, Cunningham, Limon, Pina Bausch etc.
  •  Group Performance Workshop
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  •  Final Live Performance to an Audience.

This qualification enables students to acquire substantial crosssector knowledge, as well as practical skills for the ever-demanding dance world. Students will receive individual attention, tutorials along with excellent pastoral care during and after the programme supporting the student onto their next stage of training or employment.

*Students studying on our Level 3 National Diploma course are also able to access a host of additional dance training outside of the qualification. In addition to the necessary Level 3 funded units, students have the option to benefit from a wealth of additional training, through the purchase of a 10-class dance card at only £55.00, giving students the freedom to create a more individual tailored training to meet their needs, should they so wish.

About the Course

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts, Contemporary Dance Pathway, Course Length: 2 years.

Developing a Post-16 Level 3 National Diploma in contemporary dance has long since been the aim of theschool. Key to creating a diploma was to build a programme that offers the passionate dance student the chance to work with a dedicated team of choreographers, dance teachers and art professionals and hence providing access to the highest quality of training for those who wish to follow a vocational dance career. Therefore, theschool has partnered with Nailsea School’s 6th form program, who as the lead centre supports theschool in the delivery of the Level 3 National Diploma BTEC dance course.

Student Development

theschool’s commitment is to not only develop our students technical and expressive dance skills but to also support the growth of the individual student into becoming an independent artist who wants to explore their creativity whilst gaining the confidence in the skills needed, being ready and adept to take on the challenges and demands of the dance industry as it is today.  However, we do not believe in nurturing talent just for today but to take on the demands of the industry as it grows tomorrow.

Course Funding

The course is a government funded* recognized qualification that is equivalent to 2 A’ Levels allowing the student a cross study pathway that carries UCAS points recognized by HE providers as contributing to the admission requirements to many relevant Degree courses. The BTEC diploma qualification offered by theschool combines well with many other subjects, on offer as part of Nailsea Schools 6th form subject choices, and when taken alongside another Level 3 qualification, offers the opportunity to progress to a wide range of degree programmes, depending on the additional subject(s) studied. This can include many related to the performing arts, sport sciences and more.

*Our National Diploma courses attracts ‘normal’ government funding and is dependent upon the student achieving a minimum grade 4 in English and Maths.

Degree Courses Include

  • BA (Hons) in Dance, if taken alongside another A Level in dance
  • BA (Hons) in Music, Theatre and Entertainment Management, if taken alongside a BTEC
    National in Business
  • BA (Hons) in Theatre and Screen: Theatre Design, if taken alongside a BTEC National in Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) in Drama and Event Management, if taken alongside a BTEC National in Creative Digital Media Production
  • BA (Hons) in Creative Writing/Dance, Scriptwriting and Performance, if taken alongside an A Level in English Literature
  • BA (Hons) in Dance and Movement Studies and History, if taken alongside an A Level in History.

*Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific HE providers.

What does the qualification cover?

During the course you will study mainly through practical **dance classes and workshops along with graded course work tailored to meet the standards and expectations of a professional dancer in training.

Students will study:

  •  Contemporary Dance, Urban/Commercial, Ballet along with world dance styles.
  • Investigating Practitioners’ Work: Graham, Akram Khan, Cunningham, Limon, Pina Bausch etc.
  •  Group Performance Workshop
  • Individual Performance Commission
  • Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance
  • Performing Arts in the Community
  •  Final Live Performance to an Audience.

This qualification enables students to acquire substantial crosssector knowledge, as well as practical skills for the ever-demanding dance world. Students will receive individual attention, tutorials along with excellent pastoral care during and after the programme supporting the student onto their next stage of training or employment.

*Students studying on our Level 3 National Diploma course are also able to access a host of additional dance training outside of the qualification. In addition to the necessary Level 3 funded units, students have the option to benefit from a wealth of additional training, through the purchase of a 10-class dance card at only £55.00, giving students the freedom to create a more individual tailored training to meet their needs, should they so wish.

Why choose theschool?

theschool has always prided itself on its commitment and dedication to providing a high standard of dance training to our students via the delivery of our dance classes through established and experienced teachers, choreographers and theatre makers who have trained and continue to perform nationally and international with connections to LCDS, Laban, Rambert, Goldsmiths University, Joffrey Ballet School, N.Y. Graham School N.Y. Limon Institute N.Y. Cunningham School N.Y. Our mantra is belong, believe and become and that is at the core of all our training at theschool.

Application Procedure

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:
Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements
of your chosen Level 3 courses.

How to Apply:

Applications for theschool’s BTEC Level 3 performing arts (dance pathway) program have to be made
online via Nailsea Schools, Sixth form section of their website.

Follow the link to the online form, and fill out the application.

https://www.nailseaschool.com/sixth-form/welcome-to-sixth-form/

Applications should be received by 3 December 2019 Nailsea Schools application form will go live after the Sixth form
Open Evening on the 21st November.

Please find below Nailsea School requirements regarding course requests.

Nailsea School plan the timetable in the light of course requests as submitted on 3 December, aiming to
minimize conflicts between particular combinations of subjects. You will be told as soon as possible if
your initial requests cannot be met. However, we recognize that there may be changes of mind up to
September, especially after GCSE results. If you do change your initial course requests, please email Mr.
Reddiford, Head of Sixth Form, Nailsea School as soon as possible JReddiford@nailseaschool.com

We cannot guarantee to meet late requests or to find places on courses which are already full, so priority
will go to those who opt in December and meet exam requirements, rather than those who make later
choices.

Please Note Students who do not achieve a 4 in either English language or literature will need to re-take
English language. Likewise, students who do not achieve a 4 in Maths will need to re-take. Provision is
made for this.

An entry in this prospectus is not a guarantee that a course will definitely run from September 2020 or
that all combinations of courses will be possible. Like all Sixth Forms, we must relate student numbers
to an efficient use of teaching time. We plan the timetable to meet as many course choices as we can,
and we will inform you promptly if a given subject or combination of subjects appears impossible.
If a course is undersubscribed, rather than not running it, we will seek to run the course in conjunction
with another provider.

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