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Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing

What will you be working towards?

Code 5
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Dance course is physically demanding, stimulating, varied and unique. It will foster the student’s imagination, creativity and promote personal and social development.

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of professional workshops, site-specific choreography, theatre visits and community performances. GCSE dance or substantial dance experience is essential.

Dance is a unique language which focuses on developing practical choreographic skills, enhanced by analytical studies and dance technique. 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 organisations and employers and will help you stand out in  the workplace whatever your choice of career.


The A-level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:  
- technical and performance skills  
- the process and art of choreography   
- the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works  
- the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context   
- professional dance works and the significance of these works  
- subject specific terminology and its use.  

50% Theory 
Yr 12 History of Rambert Company. C Bruce -Rooster and two other practitioners. 
Yr 13 Sidi Larbi Chekaoui -Sutra. 21st Century Dance inc Hofesh Shechter and Akram Khan 
50% Practical 
Solo based on a practitioner 
Performance quartet 

Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed and demonstrated within performance, choreography and critical engagement with the study of professional repertoire located within specific areas of study. The study of professional dance works, within the areas of study, promotes the integration of theory and practice and underpins students’ own approaches to performance and choreography.   

Areas of study provide students with the opportunity to investigate the key changes in the development of dance linked to a genre(s) and allow students to demonstrate contextual understanding through written communication and performance.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment: Written exam 50%. Practical exam 50%. Ongoing assessment of performances and coursework. External practical moderation and theory exam at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

Students who are committed performers and choreographers with a passion for dance.  Ideally with a high level at GCSE (grade 6 and above) or extensive dance skills from studio schools.  Students will need to have achieved a grade 4 or higher in English and Maths. 

Your next steps...

A Level Dance can lead to degrees in Dance and Performing Arts and careers in teaching, education in arts companies, entertainment, arts journalism and the performing arts and leisure industries.


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