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Dance (A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

We have a new and exciting new A Level Dance course at Morecambe Community High School. This course is designed to encourage learners to:

  •   think critically about Dance as an art form
  •   develop their knowledge for the study of Dance in Higher

    Education

  •   experience performance and choreography
  •   lead a healthy lifestyle

    We recommend that learners should have acquired the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Dance course or equivalent. This is a full time practical and theoretical based course and will require independent learning and rehearsal time.

Course content

AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Dance
At AS Level, this course focuses on the development and performance of the learner’s own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Learners receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire:

Unit 1: Understanding Dance

40% of AS, 20% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination 60 marks Two sections: A – structured questions (20 marks)

B – two essay questions (40 marks)

Unit 2: Choreography and Performance.

60% of AS, 30% of A Level Practical coursework – internally assessed 90 marks Two sections: A – solo choreography and performance (60 marks)

B – performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)

AQA Advanced Level GCE in Dance

At A2, learners develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS level. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Learners develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to a specific practitioner.

Learners continue to receive instruction on technique and the health and safety of the dancer:

Unit 3: Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

25% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination 80 marks
Two sections: A – one question on chosen area of study (40 marks)

B – one question on set work studied (40 marks)

Unit 4: Group Choreography and Solo Performance.

25% of A Level Practical examination – externally assessed 75 marks

A-Level Dance

Two sections: A – group choreography (45 marks) B – solo performance (30 marks)

ASSESSMENT
AS Level
The scheme of assessment will assess learner’s ability to:

AO1 create imaginative dances with an understanding of current practice, whilst drawing on the conventions and traditions of the past

AO2i perform and interpret dance ideas through solo performance and with other dancers, demonstrating an understanding of appropriate technical and expressive skills, of sensitivity and awareness within group performance, and of safe practice

AO3 communicate clearly through writing the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to dance study

AO4i show detailed knowledge and understanding, in written form, of choreographic and performance process either in own work and/or professional repertoire

AO5i show detailed knowledge and understanding, in written form, of the significance of dance, either in own work and/or professional repertoire.

A2 Level

The scheme of assessment will assess a learner’s ability to:

AO1 create imaginative dances with an understanding of current practice, whilst drawing on the conventions and traditions of the past

AO2ii apply performance skills to a specific practitioner within an area of study, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of safe practice and the appropriate technical and expressive skills needed in solo presentation

AO3 communicate clearly through writing the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to dance study

AO4ii analyse specific dance works leading to informed interpretation and evaluation of dance performance and comment on relationships and comparisons between dances

AO5ii show detailed understanding of the contexts in which dance is created and comment perceptively and critically on the significance of contextual influences upon dance performance and choreography.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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