A Level Dance 2018-04-06T10:12:22+00:00

A Level Dance

Exam Board: AQA

The Course

Each component will be studied in depth across each term as elements overlap or directly inform one another, so that theory is embedded into practical work and vice versa.

AS Level Dance:

Component 1: Choreography and performance of a solo performance in a duet or trio

Component 2: Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study:

  • One compulsory – Rambert Dance Company
  • One optional area of study, from a choice of four

A Level Dance:

Component 1: Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study. Performance in a quartet and group choreography

Component 2: 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.

Exams and Assessment

AS exams and assessment:

Practical exam – 80 marks – 50% of AS Level

Written exam: 2 hours – 80 marks – 50% of AS Level

  • Section A: short answer questions on own practice (15 marks).
  • Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks).
  • Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks).

A Level Exams and Assessment:

Practical exam – 80 marks – 50% of AS Level

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes – 100 marks – 50% of A-Level

  • 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).

Each component will follow on from and extend the knowledge gained in the AS year of the course. The level and depth of knowledge will increase as will the challenges set in the practical element of the course.

Teachers and Teaching

Practical lessons: Technique and choreography, performance evenings and workshops. Work will be undertaken as a soloist and as part of a duo or trio group. Theory lessons consist of group tasks, research and presentations. Teacher will be be Mrs R Curtis, Head of Dance.

University Courses and Careers

There are many degree courses available after A Level. Degrees and Masters are available in choreography, performance, dance movement therapy plus combined honours degrees. Lots of courses have a professional studies and placement year too. There are also vocational routes such as Laban, Laine, Bird College and London Studio Centre.

Future careers can include: teaching, performer, community artist, arts administrator, education co-ordinator, artist in residence, critic, Historian, choreographer, dance movement therapist, instructor, writer, tour manager, company director.