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Course outline

Course outline
AS and A Level Dance is suitable for anyone wanting to pursue the arts or dance in Higher Education, or as support for any course requiring good communication and group work skills.

The AS and A Level specification requires students to:

  • develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
  • gain experience of choreography and performance through practice, and
  • acquire in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works.

WHY STUDY FOR AN A LEVEL IN DANCE?

In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, this course can lead to such diverse careers as dance therapy or journalism.

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • think critically about dance as an art form
  • develop their knowledge for the study of dance in Higher Education
  • experience performance and choreography, and
  • lead a healthy lifestyle.

AS outline

A Level focuses on the development and performance of the candidate's own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Candidates receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire.

  • Unit 1: Performance and Choreography
  • Unit 2: Critical Engagement

A Level outline

At A Level, choreography is focused towards group dances. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to a specific practitioner.

  • Unit 1: Performance and Choreography
  • Unit 2: Critical Engagement

Duration

GCE AS Level: 9.30am - 3.00pm on Saturdays during term time, over one year. Students are required to attend additional compulsory rehearsals during the Easter holidays, which provide additional support in the run up to the assessments.

Assessment

Practical and written exams will be held between April and June for both AS and A Level.

AS Dance

AS Level: Unit 1: Performance and Choreography – Practical Exam 50%

  • Choreography and Performance of solo 
  • Performance in a duet/trio

AS Level: Unit 2: Critical Engagement – Written Exam 2 hours 50%

  • Section A: Short answer questions on own practice
  • Section B: Short answer questions on the compulsory area of study
  • Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study

A Level Dance

A Level: Unit 1: Performance and Choreography – Practical exam 50%

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

A Level: Unit 2: Critical Engagement – Written Exam 2 ½ hours 50%

  • Section A: Short answer questions and one essay question on the compulsory set work/area of study
  • Section B: Two essay questions on the second set work/area of study