A-Level Dance

A-Level Dance

SUBJECT LEADER

Miss C Kelly

EXAM BOARD

AQA

SPECIFICATION LINK

A-Level Dance

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKy-VRyT37w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=038BdfaaVVs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZXy9M1jKHI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPcf0T1ENBQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF9tGkughIc