A-Level Dance

A-Level Dance


Miss C Kelly




A-Level Dance


Grade 4 in GCSE Dance.
Please note we accept students who have not taken GCSE Dance as an option but they must have some natural ability in the subject and be dedicated to the course.

Why choose A-Level Dance

An exciting and diverse specification, accessible for all.

A-level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

This specification reflects both historical and current dance practices,
making it more relevant, and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance

What you will study in A Level Dance

Component 1a: Performance
Students will develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform dance, as a
soloist and in a duet/trio. The knowledge and understanding of physical skills, including: flexibility, strength,
cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, neuromuscular coordination and kinaesthetic
awareness, underpin and inform the development of both the physical/technical and interpretative/performance skills.

Component 1b: Choreography

Students will learn how to create an original piece of group choreography in response to an externally set
task. To translate their dance ideas into choreography, students will develop and apply practical knowledge
and understanding of choreographic processes, including researching, developing and experimenting with
dance ideas through studio and non-studio investigation.

Component 2: Critical appreciation The set works and areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to critically engage with dance
and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance.
Critical engagement with areas of study must enable students to develop and demonstrate an in-depth
knowledge and understanding of dance through time and location relating to features of genre, including:
 style
 influences
 key practitioners
 professional repertoire
 communication of dance ideas.

How you will be assessed in A-Level Dance

Component 1: Performance and choreography Practical exam
80 marks
50% of A-level

Component 2: Critical appreciation Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A-level

Additional Information

In addition to your studies the dance department runs regular and
exciting trips and provides opportunities for you to meet and work with
professionals in the dance industry.
Watch the links for examples of professional works you will study.

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

The latest Government advice is as follows:  where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should NOT be contacted.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

If a student tests positive up to and including Wednesday, 7th April you must contact the school’s emergency number

07857 113728

Please provide the following information:

Name and year group of the student who has tested positive

Date of positive test

Date symptoms developed

Date student was last in school

Names of friends/contacts during school break and lunchtimes

The school will identify and contact families of close contacts during any lessons and tutor periods, and also families of any known social contacts provided by you.

Please leave your own contact details, including email and telephone number.

You do not need to contact the school if a member of your household tests positive, but you should follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace in terms of isolation required within your household.

I would like to thank the entire school community for your support and co-operation during this unusual and difficult half-term.

With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


Updated 20/07/2020


Click Here For – Reopening Plans


  1. Messages for parents/carers Years 11 & 13
  1. Child Protection and Student Welfare Concerns
  1. Health and Wellbeing
  1. Contact details for Heads of Faculty, Heads of Year, Senior Leadership Team and IT Systems Manager

Thank you very much for your support

Sally Wilson