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Dance at Springwood High School

Course description

A-level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skill such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

Course content

This specification reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant, and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance. The course encourages you to reflect upon your own practical work within the context of professional practice. It promotes the academic skills and is a course dedicated to written appreciation and practical expertise equally.

Throughout the course students will be asked to choreograph and perform a solo and group choreography based on a choice of stimuli, perform in a duet/trio, and a quartet. Theoretically students will study specific dance companies e.g. Rambert Dance Company 1965-2002 and areas in history e.g. American Jazz Dance 140-1975.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English. GCSE Dance desirable - B grade minimum, B grade in English, essay writing skills important.


Year 12: 

  • Component 1: Performance and Choreography: 50% of AS Practical: Choreography and performance of a solo; performance in a duo/trio.
  • Component 2: Critical Engagement: 50% of AS Written: Section A: short answer questions on own practice; Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study; Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study - compulsory essay and an essay from a choice of four.

Year 13: 

  • Component 1: Performance and Choreography: 50% of A-Level Practice: Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner; performance in quartet; group choreography. 
  • Component 2: Critical Engagement: 50% of A -Level Written: Section A: short answer questions and one essay question on the compulsory set work/area of study; Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study.

Future opportunities

Dancer/Performer, Choreographer, Anamateur, Secondary/ Primary/Private Teacher, Lecturer, Events Manager, Director, Tutor, Arts Administrator, Performing Arts , Facilitator, Arts Assistant, Programme Coordinator, Front of House Manager, Executive Director, Dance Assessor/ Examiner, Youth Dance Coordinator, Project Manager, Physiotherapist, Health & Fitness Instructor.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years