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Dance AS / A Level at Budmouth College

Course description

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study dance in depth. On this course, you will gain experience of choreography and performance and you will be encouraged to think critically about dance.

What is most important is your enthusiasm, interest and willingness to experiment and perform dance in the widest sense.

Course content


• Choreography and performance of solo (question selected from an exam paper available in October) and performance in a duo/trio (choreographed by the teacher and students) which focuses on your ability to work as a duo/group. – 50% of final grade.

 • Written paper focusing on two areas of study within dance and four practitioners. This will also include short answer questions on own practice and two essay questions on the area of study – 50% of final grade.

A Level

• Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within area of study; performance in a quartet and group choreography (question selected from an exam paper available in October) – 50% of final grade.

• Written paper: compulsory study of set work and area of study, which will include short answers questions and essay questions – 50% of final grade.


Demonstration; lectures; student presentations; theory; workshops with professional dance companies; peer/ teacher assessment; tutorials; theatre visits; individual study.


Entry requirements

Demonstrable competent dance ability.

Grade C or above in Dance GCSE, MERIT in BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts (if taken) 

Grade 4 in English GCSE.



AS (if taken):

• 1 Written Exam

• 2 Practical Exams

A Level:

• 1 Written Exam

• 3 Practical Exams

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Professional Dancer; Dance Therapist; Teacher; Arts Administrator; Journalist; Musical Theatre and Arts Marketing.

Where could you go?

Surrey University - Dance and Culture; Winchester University - Choreography and Dance; Chichester University - Dance; Roehampton University - Dance studies; Plymouth University - Dance Theatre.

Recent student destinations:

Surrey University; Northern School of Contemporary Dance; Laines; Edge Hill; Plymouth.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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