Laura Hitchens has been teaching Dance at Bodmin College since 2009 after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Dance – specialising in Contemporary, from De Montfort University. She then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Exeter University before joining the College.



Dance at Year’s 7 and 8 is taught under the PE curriculum. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in lots of extra-curricular dance.


Arts Award

Why not form your own dance group and complete your bronze arts award? This way you can create your own choreography and perform at dance shows.


Specifically a KS3 Dance club that anyone can enjoy. There are lots of opportunities to perform, learn different dances and improve basic dance skills.


This is a new and exciting “Boys Only Invited” dance club. The club is run by a sixth form male practitioner who has the depth of knowledge appropriate to the styles taught. B.O.I. was launched in September 2016 and is open to all years across the College.

The Company

Specifically for Gifted and Talented dancers at the College. The Company mainly comprises of older students from years from 10 – 13. We train every week and work to create new pieces to perform at various locations around the county. There are also lots of opportunities to work with outside practitioners and develop various techniques.

The Apprentice Company

Specifically for Gifted and Talented dancers at the College. This time it comprises of younger students, mainly in years 7 -9. These dancers have the similar opportunities as The Company and work hard to improve their technique. They will eventually progress into The Company.

Dance Leaders

This is a new course offered to our Sixth Form dancers, whereby they can gain a Level 1 or 2 qualification depending on their knowledge and previous experience. The Dance Leader will either lead an existing dance group at the College or create a new group. They will train, choreograph and coach the students towards a performance, whilst developing their leadership and teaching skills.



Pearson BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts: Dance

This is taught over 3 years; during year 9, 10 and 11 you’ll complete 3 units:

  1. Exploring the Performing Arts
  2. Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts
  3. Performing to a Brief

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

  • Internally assessed

Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

  • Internally assessed and moderated. You will be assessed on your contribution to the performance piece through your use of Dance skills and techniques.

Component 3 - Performing to a Brief

  • Externally set task from Pearson assessment of your ability to work as a Dance Company to create and develop a piece of choreography for a final performance.

Year 9

Component 1 - Exploring the Performing Arts

This unit is all about developing your versatility as a dancer. As part of this process you will be encouraged to develop both your physical and your interpretative skills to help you become a stronger and more flexible dancer. You will perform exercises, short sequences, and a longer dance sequence. The unit will culminate in a final performance where you will showcase your newly acquired skills. You will review your progress throughout and set yourself targets for improvement.

Year 10

Component 2 - Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

You will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a performance company. You will apply the dance skills you have learnt and create a performance piece for a target audience. You will keep a log of research, rehearsal notes, annotated photographs and peer and teacher assessments. This is culminate in a review of the process.

Year 11

Component 3 - Performing to a Brief

In this unit you will demonstrate your relevant skills and knowledge. The exam consists of a 10 – 15 minute performance which is based on a stimulus set by the exam board.



BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts: Dance

The Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Performing Arts: Dance was launched here at Bodmin College in September 2017, due to its diverse and exciting content! The Dance Certificate is the equivalent to one A-Level and with no formal written examinations at the end of the course, its structure and diversity prepare students for Dance at University.

Year 12

Unit 1: Investigation Practitioners Work

In this unit you will explore and perform dances, getting a taste of the real works of the working dancer, one where talent, technical ability, aesthetic sense, fitness and stamina combine. An exciting and challenging aspect of this unit is the opportunity to perform extracts or adaptations from professional repertoire. You will study professional practitioners, this year there has been a focus on Christopher Bruce and Akram Khan. The unit will result in a 2,000-word piece of writing on a set topic from the exam board.

Unit 2: Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance

Throughout this unit there will be opportunities for creating original work, from your own ideas, to a choice of accompaniment. You will develop an understanding of the principles of dance and choreography across a range of contrasting dance styles and will produce choreography for different kinds of dances and for different purposes.

Year 13

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

This unit is externally set by the exam board and aims to gain a deeper knowledge of professional dance works by way of learning practical performance repertoire, choreographic investigation and underpinning theory. You will be given a stimulus from the exam board whereby you’ll work as part of a Dance Company to discuss, create, produce and perform a piece of choreography between 10 – 20 minutes to an audience.

Unit 22: Movement in Performance

This unit focuses on the realisation of rehearsed performance work to live audience. It can therefore be seen as the ‘icing on the cake’, the culmination of prior training, skills development and rehearsal work applied in the relevant performance discipline.