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Dance - A level at Turton High School & Sixth Form College

Course description

This course looks at dance as art and involves the study of performance, choreography, dance appreciation, history and analysis. You will be involved in both practical and theory based lessons in order to develop both your practical dance skills and your theoretical skills. You will also benefit from workshops with professional artists as well as trips to the theatre to see professional performers in action. Results are excellent and above the national average for this course. 

Course content

Component 1 Performance and Choreography

This will include a Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study. Performance in a quartet and Group choreography.

Component 2 Critical appreciation

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works:

One compulsory set work (Rooster by Christopher Bruce) within the compulsory area of study (Rambert Dance Company)

One optional set work (Singin in the Rain by Gene Kelly) within the corresponding area of study (American Jazz)




Entry requirements

Dance is a practical, creative and essay based subject. Therefore you need to write well and need at least a 5 in English.

You will also need at least a 5 in Dance or PE GCSE. You must also have the ability to work independently as well as attend regular rehearsals..



There will be a practical exam and two and a half hour written exam with some short answer questions and essay based questions.

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Future opportunities

This subject will provide you with a solid foundation of critical and analytical skills which will complement studies in a range of degrees and courses including Dance, Performing Arts, Nursing, Midwifery, Business Studies, Marketing, Criminology, Physiotherapy and the Humanities. Past students are now employed in education, marketing, the civil service and the media.

Former students have continued their studies in the subject at institutions such as Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Northern Ballet School, De Montfort University, University of Central Lancashire, Roehampton University and Middlesex University.

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What does it go well with?

Dance will fit well with any subject. Previous students have also studied English, Biology, Photography, Spanish, Media, Theatre Studies, Music, History, G&P and Social Sciences.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 December 2017
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    • Turton Sixth Form is located on Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross.  The college is across the road from Bromley Cross train station, and is on a direct line 8 minutes from Bolton.  Buses from Bradshaw, Sharples, Smithills, Edgworth, Belmont and Astley Bridge regularly run past the school.