Pearson BTEC Dance qualifications

Pearson BTEC Dance qualifications offer candidates the opportunity to learn about the industry, developing their understanding and practical dance skills, and applying the skills and knowledge in a vocational dance setting. Each qualification prepares learners for the next level of study within the field of Dance, preparing learners for the world of work, formal dance training or university. The qualifications can be delivered as full-time dance training or as part of a broad and balanced programme of study. BTEC Dance qualifications can prepare learners to become dancers as well as creators and artists in the community.

There is freedom within each qualification to design delivery and assessment, using the content in each unit and setting assessment activities in relation to the criteria when your students are ready. In general, assessment often includes demonstration of understanding, development in technique classes and workshops, application of skills in rehearsal and performance and self-review. Evidence can be varied to support your students.

Some qualifications combine external and internal assessment whilst others are wholly assessed internally. The Pearson courses on Performance Measures are the BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts and the BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing Arts (2016).

If you think a BTEC Dance course will suit your learners, you can do the following:

  1. Email Pearson Subject Advisor for Performing Arts, Paul Webster, at and let him know you are interested. He will be able to provide guidance in how to go about setting up the course.
  2. Access the specifications and support materials from the Pearson website.
  3. Access the training opportunities; Pearson offer online, face to face and in-centre training.

Qualification Overviews

Key Stage 4
BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Performing Arts (with a Dance Approach) Designed for schools and equivalent to one GCSE; on performance measures.


BTEC Firsts in Performing Arts: Dance Legacy qualification; off performance Measures; can equivalent to the size of one GCSE or four (Awards to Diplomas)



Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Industry Practice A new full-time internally assessed Level 2 qualification; prepares candidates for Level 3 training.


BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts Practice (Dance) A new full-time internally assessed Level 3 qualification which includes a Foundation Diploma (equivalent to 1 ½ A Levels) and an Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels).


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performance (Dance) Level 3 qualification equivalent to 1 A Level; off performance measure; a combination of internal and external assessment and a Dance specialist focus.


BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Performing Arts (2016) A suite of qualifications ranging from a Certificate (equivalent to an AS Level) to the full-time Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels); a combination of internal and external assessment; on performances measures.