A Level - Dance
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
A Level Dance provides an exciting, rigorous and challenging course which enables students to develop both a practical and theoretical understanding of choreography and performance in relation to the world of professional dance. Technical training, creative choreographic classes and a variety of public performance opportunities are combined with an analysis of significant periods of dance history and dance works to develop an appreciation of the art of dance.
The emphasis of this A level course is shared equally between practical, creative choreographic and performance work AND a theoretical analysis of key areas of dance history.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 4 in GCSE Dance or Performing Arts or a Merit at Level 2 BTEC Dance, however, if this is not being taken then considerable practical experience is required in dance. Following an interview prospective students may be called to enjoy a group audition workshop to ensure suitability of their chosen Performing Arts course.
Confidence with written communication is an essential skill. Previous experience in areas such as ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, street, Latin, ballroom or modern dance will be an advantage.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Dance, you will usually take it alongside two other A levels.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Component One: ‘Performance and Choreography’
Practical Exams 50%
Through technical training and creative exploration in creative and choreographic workshops you will develop your ability to choreograph and perform solo and group work. This practical element of the course will culminate in an assessed performance of your work to a visiting examiner.
Component Two: ‘Critical Engagement’
Written exams 50%
You will study the history and repertoire of professional dance companies, developing understanding of the significance of a variety of choreographers and their work. You will also reflect on and develop understanding of your own choreographic and performance practice. This theoretical component of the course will culminate in a written exam at the end of the course.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
Any costs associated with this course will be clarified at interview.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body AQA