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Dance A-Level at New College Pontefract

Course description

A level Dance provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about Dance.
This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Dance and wish to study Dance at a higher level. The content allows students to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training.
This four-unit specification requires students to:
– develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
– gain experience of choreography and performance through practice
– gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works.
The practical elements of the course amount to 55% of the full qualification.

Course content

Year 12


UNIT 1: Understanding Dance
UNIT 2: Choreography and Performance


Year 13


UNIT 3: Dance Appreciation: Content and Context
UNIT 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance

Entry requirements

Level 5 English Language and Level 5 in a Performing arts subject or a merit in BTEC (if studied) or an audition

Assessment

The course is assessed through assignments such as portfolios and skill development plans as well as through practical sessions and performances.

During performance units, students will be expected to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.

Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

 

  • Further dance study
  • Getting work within the industry
  • Dance teaching
  • Community work

 

Further information

How will I be taught?
The course is assessed through assignments such as portfolios and skill development plans as well as through practical sessions and performances.

During performance units, students will be expected to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline Year 1 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

  • Black standard leotard
  • Ballet tights (pink or black)
  • Ballet shoes (pink or black)
  • Comfortable dance clothes i.e. joggers, vest tops and hoodies
  • Black footless tights
  • Jazz shoes/trainers (optional)

 

Examining Board
OCR

Dance is for you if: You’re energetic, creative and disciplined.

Dance is not for you if: You’re shy when performing or physically unfit.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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