Dance A Level

About the Course

We welcome students from a wide variety of Performing Arts backgrounds onto our Sixth Form courses. The A level Dance course provides students with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance. The course allows students to study a subject which can be extended through Higher Education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training. The two year course consists of two components.

Exam Board

A level Dance is an AQA course.

Requirements

Level 5 in English language / literature at GCSE. A Performing Arts / Dance / Drama / Music GCSE or relevant experience is preferred but not essential.

Course Content

Component 1: Performance and Choreography. (50% of the A level) - solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study; performance in a quartet in either a jazz, ballet or modern style; group choreography. Component 2: Critical Engagement. (50% of the A level) - 2hr 30 min written examination, knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two compulsory set works. ("Rooster" by Christopher Bruce and "Sutra" by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) and their location within the corresponding area of study.

Beyond the Classroom

We have a strong partnership with Cast and this enables our Year 12 students to spend an afternoon a week during the first half-term working in their professional spaces. Various Dance, Drama and Music groups meet regularly at lunch-times and after school. There are regular performances both within school and at professional venues around the region. There is a whole school production and all Performing Arts students are invited to showcase their work in the many concerts and other performance opportunities held each year. We attend national Dance/Drama exhibitions about future careers in Performing Arts along with attending workshops and performances. We have attended BPM and The Music Show - both national music exhibitions and work with many professional companies, practitioners, FE/HE providers and in professional venues as opportunities arise. We hold regular trips and visits to theatres and venues including regular trips to London and abroad that are designed to broaden the experiences our students have within the Performing Arts world.

Your Future

A Sixth Form Dance course is a necessity for all those students who wish to study Dance as all or part of a degree / diploma course. It is also desirable for any students wishing to study other areas of Performing Arts and for those who wish to follow careers in Dance, Arts administration, Dance therapy and technical theatre work. Students may also consider Dance a viable option if they have a general interest in Dance, have some degree of ability and wish to study the subject in greater detail than GCSE Dance would allow. A level Dance combines very well with Physical Education and complements well with Drama & Theatre Studies, Music, Art & Design, Health & Social Care, English Language / Literature and History.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mr M Dougherty
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