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Dance AS / A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

A Level Dance is a new and exciting course offering you the opportunity to experience dance through a range of sources. By gaining practical experience as a performer and choreographer, as well as developing theoretical concepts relevant to the subject, you will enjoy the many and varied forms of expression that being a student of dance offers. For some people, dance is simply the way in which they express themselves. Joy, sadness, loneliness, love…if you can imagine how dance would portray human emotions and stories then this course is for you!

Course content

At AS, the AQA specification will focus on the development and performance of your own choreography and performing within a duo/trio. You will receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. You will begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within your own work and in
professional repertoire.
At A Level, the specification takes the student into a more detailed knowledge of one of three areas of study (Ballet, Modern and Jazz), whilst looking at one set piece in greater detail than at AS. You will continue to hone and develop your choreographic skills. This time you will choreograph a solo dance in the style of a professional choreographer, as well as preparing a group piece in answer to a question paper.

Entry requirements

You will need an avid interest in dance and a passion to enhance your own and others’ performances, you will also need to be competent at literacy as you will be required to read and explore dance journals.


Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Year 1, 2 Modules
Unit 1: Understanding Dance
40% of AS mark, 20% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes written examination – Summer Term (60 marks)
Two sections:
A – structured questions (20 marks)
B – two essay questions (40 marks)
Unit 2: Choreography and Performance
60% of AS mark, 30% of A Level
Practical coursework – internally assessed and externally moderated – Spring Term (90 marks)
Two sections:
A – solo choreography and performance (60 marks)
B – performance in a duo/trio (30 marks

Future opportunities

Higher Education at vocational dance establishments such as Rambert Dance Company, Laban Centre or Bird College. University courses in Dance/Expressive Arts/Theatre Arts.

Further information

The course will develop your visual appreciation of dance and choreography; allow making balanced judgements about dance and allowing you the opportunity to make analytical comments about the contents of a dance.
Other benefits include: gaining personal experience of performance and choreography, engage in critical thinking about dance as an art form, develop a significant foundation of knowledge for the study of dance through higher education, development of self-confidence, leadership, communication and expression which can be adapted to other situations and employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years