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Dance at Hagley Catholic High School

Course description

Dance is a physically demanding course. Year 12 focuses on the students‘ experience of dance, creating solo choreography and group performances. Year 13 transfers these skills to group choreography and furthers your technical and expressive skills, studying an era of history, creating work based on a researched professional practitioner. The written examination requires students to articulate their studio practice, technique, choreographic and performance experience gained from the course, and to also express their knowledge of a range of professional contemporary dance works. 

Course content

Awarding body: AQA. Written Examination: Understanding Dance. Practical Coursework: Choreography and Performance. Written Examination: Dance Appreciation, Content and Context. Practical Coursework: Group Choreography and Solo Performance.

Entry requirements

A GCSE in grade C or above in Dance and English is preferred. It is also recognised that students gain appropriate experience in dance outside the context of the school curriculum and applicants may be required to demonstrate their technical ability.


The majority of the course is studied practically through technique classes and performance and choreographic workshops. Students are required to rehearse and develop their practical work outside of lesson time. The theory that accompanies the practical requires students to document their experiences and development in detail. Students have opportunities to develop their performance experience through showcasing their work in ‘in house’ performance evenings and a number of platforms within the county.

Future opportunities

Dance courses at University include Dance Performance, Dance Science and Education, Performing Arts Degrees, Community Dance in Higher Education, Dance studies and Dance and Exercise Science. Dance can be combined with subjects such as English and Music for a joint honours degree. For pupils pursuing a professional career in Dance, they can obtain their degree pending an audition at Dance Schools such as LABAN and Northern Contemporary.

Further information

Specialist teaching with strong community and county dance links for performance and choreographic platform opportunities. A Theatre space with a dance floor, mirrors, ballet barres, sound system and projection screen. Hagley also has its own gifted and talented dance company ‘Spark’, that are taught technique and performance by outside professional practitioners. A-level students are encouraged to take part in this fantastic opportunity. The department also runs regular trips to the Theatre, as well as residential trips to London to experience dance in our vibrant capital.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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