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Dance A Level at Chadwell Heath Academy

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography. The theoretical aspect builds student’s analysis and evaluative skills of choreography and performance within professional repertoire.

Course content

Modules for AS
Component 1: Performance and Choreography (50%)
The process of solo choreography from investigation/research of ideas through to outcome and the development of performance skills within a duo/trio performance context. Students will choreograph a solo piece out of four questions that AQA set and will be assessed through an external moderation process.

Component 2: Critical Engagement (50%)
The specification requires students to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of two areas of study. One being the compulsory area of study – Rambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Rambert) 1966-2002 and then one other from the options. The study of professional repertoire underpins the student’s study of choreographic approaches, processes, form, structure and effective outcomes.

Modules for A-Level

Component 1: Performance and choreography (50%)
Students will be assessed on three dances set by AQA. The first of which is to perform a solo linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study. They will also be assessed on a performance of a quartet, as well as the chorography of a group piece. The practical elements of the course equate to 50% of the students overall grade.

Component 2: Critical Engagement (50%)
The specification requires students to develop an understanding and critical appreciation of two set works. One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study, and one optional set work within the corresponding area of study. The written exam lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes totalling 100 marks. Section A is a variety of short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study. Section B is combined of two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay). This equates to 50% of the overall grade.


AS: 2 hour theory examinations (80 marks)/Practical – External Moderation

Alevel: 2 hour and 30 minutes theory examinations (100marks)/ Practical – External Moderation

Future opportunities

Dancer, lighting/costume/set designer, Sports Media, Journalist – critic, actor/actress, Choreographer, Physiotherapist, Physical Education/Dance Teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chadwell Heath Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2017
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