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Dance A Level at PETROC

Course description

Dance A Level 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 them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

Course content

In the first year of your course you will study AS. Should you choose to continue your study into year two, your AS grade will not count and you will sit the A Level exams at the end of year 2. The course comprises of three areas of study: Performance; Choreography & Critical Engagement. Lesson will include practical contemporary technique classes to develop skill and improve dancing ability. Choreography lessons will examine the theoretic processes of choreographing dance then explore and develop ideas practically. Critical engagement will fundamentally be taught through the analysis of set works and related dance components to develop depth of understanding, practical workshop will allow students to gain insight into professional work and choreographic intention.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

You will need GCSE Dance Grade C (5) or have dance experience or training.


The course comprises of three areas of study: Performance; Choreography & Critical Engagement, all of these are externally assessed by AQA exam board. The areas of study are assessed within two components, practical and theoretical.

  • Component 1 requires the learner to Choreograph and Perform a Solo Dance and a group dance. This 50% of the A Level Grade.
  • Component 2 requires the learner complete a written exam that has two parts:
  • Section A: short answer questions and one essay question on the compulsory set work/area of study.
  • Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study

Future opportunities

This programme can compliment your A Level programme of study in an area that you enjoy whilst developing your practical skill and intellectual ability. If you are interested in pursuing dance as a career you can progress to degree level and study for a BA Honours Degree. Some students have successfully gained places at Internationally acclaimed professional dance schools such as Laban or London Contemporary Dance School.

Further information

Practical sessions are taught in the purpose built dance studio at Petroc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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