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Dance A-Level at Coppice Performing Arts School

Course description

This course is designed for anyone with a strong interest in Dance. The course is for candidates from any dance background who wish to study dance in depth.

The course offers in-depth technical training in a range of styles and techniques and opportunities to perform and interpret dance ideas.

The course offers students the opportunity to create imaginative dances with an understanding of current practice, whilst drawing on the conventions and traditions of the past and to analyse the form, function and context of dances.

Course details & assessment:

The AS consists of the following units:

Unit 1: Understanding Dance

Written Examination

Questions are set out on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances.

40% of total AS marks

20% of total A2 marks

Unit 2: Choreography and performance

Practical Coursework

Section A: Solo choreography and performance - 60 marks

Section B: Performance in a duo/trio – 30 marks

60% of total AS marks

30% of total A2 marks

The A2 consists of the following units:

Unit 3: Dance Appreciation

Written examination.

Questions are based on chosen area of study and a set work of study.

25% of total A2 level marks.

Unit 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance

Practical Examination

Section A: Candidates choreograph a group piece based upon a chosen question pre-released by AQA.

Section B: Candidates present a solo which demonstrate understanding of a performance style linked to a specific practitioner from the areas of study prescribed in unit 3.

25% of total A Level marks.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Level 3 study is 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics; these should be in at least 4 different subjects. You will receive guidance about which pathway will be most suited to your needs which will be based on your anticipated GCSE Point Score. If you have a higher Point Score you will be encouraged to take a more academic route and if your Point Score is lower you may wish to choose a more vocational pathway. However, these options will be discussed in your admission interview. 

Specific entry requirements:

5 A*-B grades at GCSE for internal applicants. Strong performers not meeting this criteria and external applicants will be required to audition. Further guidance will be given on the audition process.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coppice Performing Arts School directly.

Last updated date: 09 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years


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