Dance A Level

Board: AQA

About the subject

The A Level Dance course is divided into three main areas; performance, choreography and critical engagement. The course involves studying Dance in both practical and academic contexts. Technical training, predominantly in contemporary dance will focus on developing physical and performance skills.

Choreography and repertory performance which are central to the course, are developed in the studio through workshops and rehearsal in preparation for public performance and a practical exam. Classroom based analysis of professional works and contextual study of significant companies and choreographers, will inspire practical development and prepare students for an essay based written exam. Theoretical content includes two areas of study in the first year (Rambert Dance Company & Independent Contemporary Dance in Britain 2000-present). In the 2nd year, study of two set professional works extends knowledge, understanding and critical skills.

The course provides an excellent grounding in the practical and academic skills required for degree level study and training in Dance. A Level Dance is accepted as a valid qualification (as one of your three main subjects) by most university courses. DANCE EXTRA is our programme of enrichment activities for all students. See Dance department flyer for more details.

Learning styles

The course includes both practical and theatrical lessons. Below are listed some of the teaching and learning situations that you will experience:- video analysis, questioning, essay writing, flipped learning, discussion, reading, research, independent study, presentation, technique classes, choreographic workshops, peer teaching and evaluation, practical demonstration, directing, improvisation, practical tasks, sharing and feedback, independent rehearsal.

Subject Combinations and Progression

A Level Dance can be combined with the BTEC Dance course or other related courses such as Music, Drama, English, Film Studies and Media Studies for those wishing to pursue a career in the Performing Arts. Alternatively, Dance can form part of a broad programme of study combined with a range of other subjects. Dance can be studied at university at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as a single discipline or as a part of a combined degree with a vast range of subjects.  Many A Level Dance students have progressed to university or professional training from Collyer’s and gone on to forge careers as professional dancers, West End performers, teachers, community dance artists and arts managers.

Subject Modules and Assessment

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
Practical Exam – Choreography (Group) and Performance (Solo & Group)
50% of A Level

Component 2: Critical Engagement
Written Paper (2.5hrs) – 50% of A Level

Entry Requirements

4 in English Language GCSE and some dance experience