A Level
Dance

Course Details

Awarding Body: AQA  
Staff Contacts: Mrs Z Merrick (zmullett-merrick@quarrydale.notts.sch.uk)

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Key features of the course

Teaching in Dance is divided into three main areas; Performance, Choreography and Appreciation.

Whilst studying on this course students will be encouraged to develop their creative and intellectual capacity whilst receiving training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They will begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire.

Component 1: focusses on the study of the dancer as performer and the process and craft of choreography. Students will study the process of group choreography from investigation to outcome, the physical and interpretative skills of a solo performance in relation to a specific practitioner and performance skills within a quartet.

Component 2: focusses on the study of one chosen area from Ballet, Modern or Jazz dance and the critical analysis and appreciation of professional works from this genre.

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Entry
Requirements:

Minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 4 including Maths. A minimum of a Grade 5 in Dance and English Language.

An alternative audition option where requested.

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What could this course
lead on to?

Dance links to a variety of subjects at Higher Education and there are a wide range of options with/without a degree such as; Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, Dance Artist, Yoga/Pilates Instructor, Dance Therapist, Dance Journalism, Arts Administration and Physiotherapy.

 

Dance has many transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving and will allow you to develop your critical reasoning, analytical and collaborative learning skills along with encouraging a creative approach to working. These skills are vital for progression to Higher Education and employment.

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Future prospects
and careers

The course will support access to degree courses in Dance and combined Dance with Drama, Biology, Music, Psychology, Teaching, Community Arts etc. Possibly leading to one of the career areas listed above.

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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in the Performing Arts. It requires students to have an enthusiasm for dance, willingness to learn new skills and to be open-minded to different styles of dance. Students need to be able to work as a supportive member of a team as well as work independently. Students need to be committed to developing their knowledge, understanding and skills through attending workshops, theatre visits and rehearsals outside of lesson time. Dance students need to be highly literate as there is a lot of reading and essay writing involved.

Dance complements other subjects such as Biology, Drama, Music, Psychology, and Sport. 

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Assessment
Structure

It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?

Component 1

  • Performance and Choreography
  • Practical Exam.
  • External assessment of three dances.
  • 50%

Component 2

  • Critical Appreciation
  • Written Exam.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • 50%
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