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Dance A Level at Tudor Grange Academy

Course description

 Knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography and the ability to recognise and analyse dance works (own work and professional repertoire).

 Training, techniques and the health and safety of a dance.

 Knowledge of specific style of dance: Contemporary, Modern, Jazz etc.

Course content

See assessment.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Dance at GCSE level to study for Dance advanced level courses. However, if you have done so, it is expected that you achieved at least a Grade C. If you have not studied GCSE Dance you are expected to dance outside of school.


What will I be covering in Year 12 (AS)?

Unit 1 Understanding Dance – 40% of AS – 20% of A2 Written examination – 1 hr 30 mins – Structured essay questions.

Unit 2 Choreography and Performance – 60% of AS – 30% of A2 Solo choreography and performance (60 marks) – Performance in a duo or group (30 marks)

What will I be covering in Year 13 (A2)?

Unit 3 Dance Appreciation – 25% of A level Written examination – 1 hr 30 mins A – Study of Dance in the Hollywood Musical B – Professional dance work set by the examination board

Unit 4 Group Choreography and Solo Performance – 25% of A level Externally assessed practical examination A – Group choreography (45 marks) B – Solo Performance (30 marks)

Future opportunities

The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation for higher education courses in dance, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study.

The AS units alone can offer a broad and satisfying experience for those who want to conclude their Dance studies at this point. Example careers include: Dance teacher or lecturer (within private schools or education), Dance therapist, Dance Notator, performer, choreographer, Community Dance Officer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tudor Grange Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

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