BTEC Performing Arts – Dance at Rainhill Sixth Form aims to engage, inspire and challenge you with a breadth of performance and technical content.

Course Aims

You will work both practically and theoretically covering a range of dance styles (ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, commercial), performance and choreographic skills, original work, attending performances and exploring repertoire and practitioners.  With a focus on quality, high expectations and creativity, we aim to offer an enjoyable and challenging course leading to further study or employment in a wide range of fields.  Performing Arts will expand your public speaking skills, imagination, creativity, emotional awareness, risk taking, confidence and self-awareness.

Entry Requirements

GCSE/BTEC Dance or external dance qualifications for example (I.S.T.D, RAD, BBO) are preferable but not essential. There will be an audition workshop for those who do not hold an accredited dance qualification.


Following completion of the course students can continue onto further training or degree study at universities, conservatoires and theatre schools or engage in employment as a professional performer. A number of our students have gone onto study at prestigious colleges such as Italia Conti, Bird college and Master Performing Arts College and have been offered full scholarships to attend.

Awarding Body

This subject can be taken as a single award (Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma Performing Arts – Dance) or as a double award (Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts – Dance).


The weighting of assessment is 60% assignments and 40% controlled assessment. The coursework assignments are set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated. You will complete a series of practical tasks along with a small written portfolio. The controlled assessment element will be set and marked by the exam board. You will have to respond to a pre-released brief or complete a written or practical examination.

Related Courses

Drama and Theatre Studies

Students who choose to study an A-level in Theatre Studies will enjoy the performance element of theatre as well as studying approaches used in practice. Students can expect the following as part of their studies;   develop and apply an informed, analytical...

read more

Creative Digital Media Production

            Students who choose to study Creative Digital Media Production will enjoy developing practical skills as well as studying approaches used in media production.     Students can expect the following as part of their...

read more

Health and Social Care

          The aim of this course is to develop skills required for employment and for University. By completing this qualification you are providing yourself with a unique platform that gives you the knowledge and skills for a specialist...

read more