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Dance AQA A Level at Alder Grange Community and Technology School

Course description


Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform dance, as a soloist and in a quartet. The knowledge and understanding of physical skills, including: flexibility, strength, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, agility, neuromuscular coordination and kinaesthetic awareness, underpin and inform the development of both the physical/technical and interpretative/performance skills.


Students must learn how to create an original piece of group choreography, which lasts for a minimum of three minutes to a maximum of four minutes, for three, four or five dancers, in response to an externally set task. To translate their dance ideas into choreography, students must develop and apply practical knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes.

Critical engagement

The set works and areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to critically engage with dance and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance. This specification requires students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of two set works and their corresponding areas of study. One of these must be the compulsory set work and area of study. One further set work and area of study must be selected from the four options in Optional set works and areas of study.

Critical engagement with areas of study must enable students to develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance through time and location relating to features of genre. 

Course content

Component 1: Performance and choreography

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

Component 2: Critical engagement

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.

Entry requirements

C or 5 in GCSE Dance or equivalent experience outside school.


Component 1: Performance and choreography

  • Practical exam
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Component 2: Critical engagement

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alder Grange Community and Technology School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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    • Alder Grange Sixth Form (ag6) opened as a new Sixth Form in 2010. Since then we have recruited students from across Rossendale and beyond on to a range of both A Level and BTEC level 3 courses. We have been delighted that our results have improved year on year and that Alder Grangers have successfully moved on from Sixth Form to University or the world of work in areas ranging from Music Production and Zoology to Teaching and Engineering. We have developed a strong sense of community and a warm, caring and supportive ethos.