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A Level Dance at Ashton 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. In your first year you will study two units, with a further two years in your A2 year. In total 45% of your grade will be determined by a written exam, 25% practical exam and 35% practical moderation. (Please be aware the A level curriculum is currently under review)

Course content

Understanding Dance

This unit is designed to check your understanding of dance. It will ask questions on performance, choreography, constituent features of dances, themes, structures, health, fitness, diet and injury prevention. It focuses on three main areas: The dancer as performer: knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer. The process and craft of choreography your; own performance work and that of professional repertoire. The significance of dances your; own performance work and that of professional repertoire.

Choreography and Performance

This is a practical moderation where you will be assessed on your; solo choreography and performance and a group performance. You will learn and practice the principles of chorography to create a solo and group dance.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE gardes  A*-C

Grade C — GCSE English Language


50% Exam 50% Practical

Future opportunities

Dance students’ progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. 2014 leavers progressed onto a variety of degrees and careers. 55% progressed to higher education to study Dance or related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2015
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