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Dance A Level at John Masefield High School

Course description

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 students stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career. Students will learn to choreograph and perform work as well as analyse professional works and learn the historical context of a range of works. The specification has been designed to enable AS and A-level students to be co-taught as well as give AS students the option to progress onto the A-level.

Course content

• Performing a solo and a quartet: You will perform in a style linking to a specific practitioner. Both the solo and the quartet will be choreographed by your teacher and will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
• Group Choreography: You will create and perform your own group piece of choreography of between 3-4 minutes in response to one of three questions set by the exam board. You will be expected to produce a 300 word programme note to accompany your choreography which will not carry any marks. This will be externally
assessed by a visiting examiner.
• Written Exam: You will sit a two and a half hour exam paper split into two sections. The first section will consist of short answer questions and one essay question on
the set work. The second section will consist of two essay questions on the second set work and compulsory are a of study.

Entry requirements

At Key Stage 4, GCSE Dance forms an excellent introduction to the vocational and practical nature of this qualification, although it is not essential. Students interested in this KS5 course must demonstrate enthusiasm, energy and the ability to work hard both individually and as part of a team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Masefield High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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