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Dance AQA A Level at St Bernard's High School

Course description

Dance qualifications are dynamic and encourage 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.

This course will suit students who enjoy and are skilled at dancing and choreographing.

Those who want to develop significant knowledge by studying dance, personal performance and choreography experience and engage in critical thinking about Dance as an art form.

Course content

Dance requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • technical and performance skills
  • the process and art of choreography
  • the interrelationship between the creation, the presentation and the viewing/
  • appreciation of dance works
  • the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
  • professional dance works and the significance of these works
  • subject specific terminology and its use.


Component 1: Performance and Choreography (worth 50% of total mark)

Component 2: Critical Engagement (worth 50% of total mark)

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE Dance or Grade 5 in a recognised Dance Syllabus.


Practical examination:

  • testing solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
  • assesses performance in a quartet and group choreography.

Written examination:

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • testing knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one compulsory and one optional set work and their location within a corresponding area of study.
  • Current compulsory set work is Christopher Bruce’s ‘Rooster’.

Future opportunities

Performing, Choreographing, Teaching, Dance Critic, Arts Administration, Fitness. Dance, Theatre Dance, Dance and Education to PGCE, Performing Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bernard's High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 January 2017

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