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Dance A Level at Stratford-upon-Avon College

Course description

A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their performance skills, creative abilities and understanding of the world of dance, both historical and current. The course is delivered in a three stranded approach:

  • Performance – developing dance technique and performance skills
  • Choreography – exploring creation and crafting of dance material
  • Critical Engagement – investigating the work of professional choreographers and companies in order to understand how and why dance work is created

Students are encouraged to draw on their previous dance experience and also explore unfamiliar styles and methods, enhanced by regular theatre trips and workshops with visiting practitioners. Stratford Upon Avon College has excellent dance facilities including 6 dance studios with sprung floors, mirrors and ballet barres and the Dance Staff have a wealth of experience both in teaching and within the dance industry as well as working as A Level Dance examiners.

Entry requirements

You will need to have:

  • 5 GCSE passes at grade C / grade 5 or above including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need to:

  • successfully complete an audition workshop.


50% practical examination and 50% written examination.

Course content:

In Year 1, the AS Level has two components:

  1. Performance and Choreography

Practical exam (50% of AS Level)

  • Choreography and performance of a solo
  • Performance in a duet or trio
  1. Critical Engagement

Written exam, 2 hours (50% of AS Level)

  • Knowledge and understanding of 2 areas of study in the form of short answer questions and essays.

In Year 2, the A Level has two components:

  1. Performance and Choreography

Practical exam (50% of A Level)

  • Solo performance linked to a specified choreographer
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography created on 3, 4 or 5 other dancers
  1. Critical Engagement

Written exam, 2 hours 30 minutes (50% of A Level)

  • Knowledge and understanding of 2 set works from the areas of study covered at AS Level.

Future opportunities


The syllabus and the course are designed to inspire a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance whether students continue on to further dance studies or follow alternative career paths. Successful students have progressed to professional dance schools such as London Contemporary Dance School, Laban and Bird College however other students have followed other career paths but have benefited from the course as it encourages confidence, self-expression, communication, teamwork and lifelong study skills.

Further information

Support for Students

Students will have access to the College’s 24/7 virtual learning environment to access course materials and digital resources. In addition, AQA provides  exemplar materials for students to use and practice exam papers. The College’s LearnZone (Library) also has hard copies of relevant books for loan and reference and access to dance publications and newspaper articles. The study skills centre is open every day during the week for individual study, and there is additional learning support for any students who are struggling with their work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford-upon-Avon College directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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