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Dance at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

Utilising the specialist Dance Studio at the College, this A Level focuses on the development of students’ creative, technical and performance skills; alongside the critical understanding of the features of dance performance and creation, in relation to students own work and professional repertoire. The historical development of various dance genres, companies and specific choreographers is also a fundamental part of the course.

Course content

This is a two year A level course, meaning that students will complete all their exams in the second year of the course. The A level is divided into two components:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
What’s assessed:
• Performance of a solo (2-3 minutes) in relation to a specific practitioner within an area of study prescribed by the exam board.
• Performance in a quartet (3-4 minutes)
• Group choreography (3-4 minutes), in which students do not dance themselves, acting only as a

Component 2: Critical engagement
What’s assessed:
• Written Examination (2 hours 30 minutes)
The written paper provides students with an opportunity to critically engage and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing of dance. The paper is split into two sections:
• Section A: short answer questions and one essay question on the compulsory set work and area of study.
• Section B: two essay questions on the second set work and area of study.

Subject content:
• Technical and performance skills.
• The process and art of choreography.
• The relationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works.
• The development of performance and choreography from different periods and genres.
• Professional dance works and the significance of these works.
• Subject specific terminology and its use.

Entry requirements

3 A level Programme:
The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:
Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

A GCSE in Dance is not required, however if it has been taken a grade 4 / C or above is required. In addition, an aptitude for, and ability in dance is required, however not in a specific dance style. You must be open to experimenting with new dance styles, particularly contemporary dance, as well as a commitment to attending extra rehearsals for practical examinations. These requirements are in addition to our standard A level entry requirements.


Practical Examination (50%)
Written Examination (50%)
Examining Board – AQA.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2017
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