At A Level, you will focus on the development and performance of your own choreography and technique as a dancer. You will receive training on different genres of dance, learning about both historical and current dance practices. You will begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within your own work and in profesional repertoire.
You will focus on set areas of study and professional works to develop your critical analysis of dance. This will involve looking at different styles, genres and practitioners through time, developing your indepth knowledge and understanding about dance.
The A Level specification has two components:
Component 1 - Performance and Choreography
Choreography and Performance of a Solo - You get to choose from a selection of 4 different stimuli’s
Performance in Duet/Trio - In any style/theme.
Assessment - Non Exam assessment (80 marks) 50% of total marks
These are marked by an external moderator from AQA between March and May.
Externally set tasks are distibuted by 15 September in the academic year of certification.
Component 2 - Critical engagement
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study:
- One compulsory
- One optional area of study, from a choice of four.
Assessment - Written exam 2hrs (80 marks) 50% of total marks
- Short answers on own practice (15 marks)
- Short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks)
- 2 Essay questions on both areas of study - compulsory essay (25 marks) and
- an essay from a choice of 4 (25 marks)
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Music and Drama. A Level Dance provides you with the skills which could lead onto higher education to study Dance or more general higher education courses.
With further training you could go into a job related to Dance such as a Choreographer, Dance Teacher or you may wish to specialise in an area of dance such as Contemporary and perform on stage as a professional dancer.
You could also go straight into a job as the A Level GCE is recognised as a dynamic qualification which encourages you to develop your creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. These skills are sought after by higher education institutes and many employers across lots of industries, especially within the Performing Arts sectors.