What is Dance 'A' level about?

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 course will develop your understanding and appreciation of dance through your own engagement with the medium as both a participant and an informed audience member. It will also improve your performance, choreographic and critical engagement within Dance. 
 

Is this course for me?

This is definitely the course for you if you have studied Dance to GCSE level or equivalent. However, this is not an essential. If you can prove lots of extra-curricular participation in Dance and that you have a passion for the subject then you are more than eligible to apply for the course. 
 
If you love to perform, choreograph and want to extend your knowledge of the history of Dance and how it has led to the current make-up of the professional industry then this is the course for you. 
 

Where could it lead?

Having an A-level in Dance would set you up to go onto University to study Dance or onto a vocational course at top Dance institutes including, Ballet Rambert, Laban, Bird or Urdang. Dance also has lots of transferable skills for other subjects and would beneficial for any subject you are wanting to go on and study further. 
 

What does the course entail?

Unit Unit Assessment
Component 1- Performance and Choreography
 What's assessed
Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
Performance in a quartet
Group choreography
How it's assessed
Practical exam
80 marks
50% of A-level
Non-examination assessment (NEA) marked by an external assessor from AQA during a visit to your centre. Visits will normally take place between March and May.
Externally set tasks are distributed by
15 September in the academic year of
certification.
Component 2- Critical Engagement
What's assessed
Knowledge, understanding and critical
appreciation of two set works.
One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
One optional set work within the
            corresponding area of study,         
            from a choice of four.   
How it's assessed
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A-level
Questions
Two sections:
Section A: short answer questions
(25 marks) and one essay question (25
marks) on the compulsory set work/area of
study.
Section B: two essay questions on the
second set work/area of study
(25 marks for each essay).