Course title                              Dance

Entry Requirement                 Level 5 in GCSE Dance

Exam board                             AQA


Why study Dance?

Confidence, creativity, and dance techniques are consistently nurtured and developed, alongside a conscious awareness of current practice through analysis and critical writing. We study both practically and theoretically a wide range of unique and exciting modern Dance practitioners from Richard Alston to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Dance students enjoy this practically driven course where opportunities to perform are always seized and creative collaboration with industry professionals encouraged.  The course is designed to give you theoretical and practical experience through an understanding of dance. You will acquire technical skills in choreography, contemporary dance and performance and engage in critical thinking about dance practice, historical and cultural contexts.

Couse content

The course is divided into two components.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography (50%)

What is assessed?

•Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
•Performance in a quartet
•Group choreography

How is it assessed?

•Practical exam
•80 marks
•50% of A-level


Component 2: Critical engagement

What is assessed?

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.

•One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
•One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

How is it assessed?

•Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
•100 marks
•50% of A-level