BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts (Dance)


Students will study a range of dance styles, including contemporary, jazz, physical theatre and street dance and will be given opportunities to take part in a variety of youth dance platforms and other College and external productions.

As a way of familarising students with the professional dance world, each year talented choreography students are invited to attend an inspiring mix of productions linked to their Dance syllabus.  In the past, some students have been selected to participate in the Young Creatives Programme, in conjunction with Dance Digital and Youth Dance England.

There is a coursework timed essay of 2,000 words and other coursework by log book, including written diaries, PowerPoint presentations, and video diaries.  

This is a two year course leading to an Extended Certificate (one A Level).

Take a look at some students' recent performances in the Performing Arts Photo Gallery.


What goes well with this course?

  • Performing Arts
  • Drama & Theatre Studies
  • Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Media
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Film


This course could lead to a degree in Performing Arts or Dance Theatre at a vocational college or university. Past students have attended The Laban Centre London; London Studio Centre; Laine’s Theatre Arts; Doreen Bird; Arts Educational; Royal Academy of Dance; London Contemporary Dance School; Italia Conti and Northern Contemporary. Universities include Chichester; Middlesex; Roehampton; Bath Spa; Surrey; Winchester. Students have also gone on to do an HNC or HND course in Dance, as well as Performing Arts Courses and Physical Theatre courses.

Several past students have already turned professional in either acting, dancing, modelling, singing or directing professions.

Course Content

During the course students will produce three units of work in a chosen choreography style which could be; Commerical, Jazz or Contemporary.  One unit will be in Contemporary Style including technique classes and solo assessment.  The final first year unit will be a performance workshop.

In addition students will produce:

  • A showcase of work for the annual dance show
  • A dance log book and video diary, plus evaluation and coursework essay

Dance students will be involved in the lively artistic life of the College, including the annual dance show, Hot Feet.  Dance students are encouraged to contribute to other productions throughout the year, including tours to local schools. There are also many opportunities to take part in recreational dance as part of the Activities Programme, such as the Youth Dance Company, 'Dare'.

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Dance students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course-related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • The College’s annual Hot Feet Dance Show
  • A trip to see Diversity
  • A trip to VTOL Dance Company
  • A trip to see Ballet Boyz
  • A visit to the Royal Ballet School
  • A Residency with Frantic Assembly, Raincrew and Sin Cru
  • Participation in Britain's Got Talent
  • A teaching practice scheme in partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance, leading to possible work placements after students leave Reigate College
Hot Feet Highlights
Hot Feet Dance Show Highlights
February 2018


In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course is assessed via practical, coursework. The coursework involves a timed 2,000 word essay, a log book, written diaries, Powerpoint presentations and video diaries.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students will need to audition for this course and should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language 

This course is suitable for students who have an interest and experience in the subject. The course requires imagination, sensitivity and the ability to get on with others. Students should have a mature and committed approach to studying this subject in-depth and be good at managing their own time.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Dance information leaflet.

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