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Dance AS & A Level at Bebington High Sports College

Course description

The A Level dance programme gives the opportunity to develop a higher level of choreographic skill alongside a more in depth look at the theory of dance and analysis of professional dance works. The practical technique studied is mainly contemporary.

Course content

There are a total of four units in the course - two at AS and two at A2:

AS (one year):

  • Unit 1: Understanding Dance - 40% of marks (20% of A Level mark) The dancer as a performer: knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer, including correct alignment, posture, fitness, technique and performance. The process and craft of choreography: including constituent features of dance, developing choreographic devices. The significance of dances: analysing the dance in terms of character, qualities, interpretation and context.
  • Unit 2: Choreography and Performance - 60% of marks (30% of A Level mark) The process of solo choreography from investigation & research of ideas through to outcome. Physical and interpretative skills in relation to performance of the solo choreography. Performance skills within a duo / trio performance context.

A2 (one year):

  • Unit 3: Content and Context - 25% of A Level mark Investigation of a set study area. Critical Analysis & appreciation of one set work.
  • Unit 4: Group choreography and Solo Performance - 25% of A Level mark Group choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome. Solo performance skills in relation to a specific contemporary practitioner linked to unit 3 area of study.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in Dance grade A* - C would be preferable for entry onto the course, however individuals may be considered with alternative dance experience outside of school.

Assessment

AS Level:

Written Paper:

  • Section A - Short answer (1½ hours) questions (20 marks) Section B - Two essay questions (40 Marks)
  • Practical exam: Section A - Solo choreography and performance (60 marks) Section B - Performance in a duo / trio (30 marks)

A2 Level:

  • Written Paper: Choice of 2 essays based on (2 hours) practitioners studied.
  • Practical exam: Section A - Group choreography (45 marks) Section B - Solo performance (30 marks)

Future opportunities

Dance A Level has had 100% pass rate for the past six years and past students have gone on to study dance at University and often return to Bebington for teaching experience and opportunities to share their dance experiences with current students. Along with a variety of performances within school there are also opportunities to perform in collaboration with other schools for performances in venues such as The Floral Pavilion Theatre in New Brighton. A range of trips are also included throughout the two year course including London Theatre and Workshop stays, visits to the Liverpool Empire, Lowry and Floral Pavilion Theatres to see a range of performances from contemporary dance through to musical theatre shows. Leadership opportunities are also offered that allow students access to Level 2 and 3 Awards - providing them with opportunities to deliver dance to Primary school children and also run their own clubs within school giving opportunities to develop valuable teaching, communication and organisational skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bebington High Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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