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Dance AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

This course involves learning about the performance, choreography and appreciation of dance through two units: component one (50%) which involves two performances and one choreographic assessment and component two (50%) focusing on two areas of study and two set works. The course is contemporary based and includes lots of practical sessions to develop performance and choreography skills as well as to support and underpin the theory.

You will have the opportunity to take part in workshops with a variety of professional companies and dance artists as well as trips to see live dance performances. You will develop many transferable skills such as how to problem solve, be creative, be reflective and to lead and work in groups. You will also become independent learners who can cooperate, negotiate and compromise. Presenting yourself clearly and confidently is important as is being flexible, adaptable and a quick thinker.

Course content

Here are some of the topic areas we cover:

  • Technical skills
  • Performance skills
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Analysis of professional performances
  • Anatomy and Physiology in relation to the dancer

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths and English Language


Examining Board: AQA

  • In year 1 the practical element is 60% and written exam is 40%.
  • In year 2 they are split 50/50. 

Future opportunities

Students can progress onto dance or performing arts courses at a dance school/university however, due to the vast amount of transferable skills acquired, it often supports other career choices.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.