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Dance AS Level at John Masefield High School

Course description

A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help students stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career. Students will learn to choreograph and perform work as well as analyse professional works and learn the historical context of a range of works. The specification has been designed to enable AS and A-level students to be co-taught as
well as give AS students the option to progress onto the A-level.

Course content

• Solo Choreography & Performance: You will be expected to create and perform a solo of between 2 – 3 minutes in response to one of three questions set by the exam board. You will produce a 300 word programme note to accompany your choreography which will not carry any marks. This will be externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
• Performance in a duet/trio: You will be expected to perform a dance of between
2 – 3 minutes, choreographed by your teacher. This will be externally assessed by a
visiting examiner. (The two practical performances of the solo and duet/trio will carry a maximum of 80 marks and will equate to 50% of your final grade)
• Written Exam: You will sit a two hour exam paper split into three sections. The first section will consist of short answer questions about safe practice. The second section will consist of short answer questions on the compulsory area of study. The third section will consist of two essay questions on the compulsory and chosen
area of study.

Entry requirements

At Key Stage 4, GCSE Dance forms an excellent introduction to the vocational and practical nature of this qualification, although it is not essential. Students interested in this KS5 course must demonstrate enthusiasm, energy and the ability to work hard both individually and as part of a team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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