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Dance A Level at QE Academy Trust

Course description

The A‐Level Dance course provides students, who have a passion for the subject, with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about Dance. A‐level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages 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 tem to stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.   This course reflects both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant, and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for Dance

Course content

AS outline

The specification has been designed to enable AS and A‐level students to be co‐ taught. At AS Level, this specification focuses on the development and performance of the candidate's own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Candidates receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire. Students research and analyse two areas of Dance Study. The first, Rambert Dance Company and the second, a chosen style of Dance ranging from Classical Ballet to American Jazz.

A‐Level Outline

Completing the full A‐Level develops the candidate’s skills, extending and applying knowledge gained in the first year of the course. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of two specific areas of study related to the development of two of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance and contemporary. Performance skills will be developed in relation to a specific practitioner, such as Jerome Robbins or Bob Fosse.

Entry requirements

Although studying GCSE Dance is not a requirement for this course, students must have had some experience of Dance and be excited about the prospect of developing their technique, performance and choreographic ability. Candidates with a grade C or above at GCSE, or equal achievement through the grade systems, would be ideal for this course.


AS Level Components

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
50% of AS ‐ Practical Exam ‐ 80 marks
Two sections: A ‐ solo choreography and performance (60 marks)

Component 2: Critical Engagement
50% of AS ‐ 2 Hour Written Examination ‐ 80 marks
Three sections:  
- Section A: short answer questions on own practice (15 marks).  
- Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks).  
- Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks).  

A‐Level Components

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
50% of A‐Level, Practical Examination – 80 Marks
- Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
- Performance in a quartet
- Group Choreography

Component 2: Critical Engagement
50% of A Level, Written Examination – 80 Marks
Two sections:  
- Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.  
- Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact QE Academy Trust directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2015
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