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Dance A level at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

Who is it for?

Anyone who is interested in dance, the arts and theatre and would like to broaden their knowledge.

People hoping to go into the theatre, teaching or dance as a profession.

People who would like a creative contrast to a scientific or mathematical course of study.

Anyone.  It is counted as a university entrance requirement for most courses.

Course content

Technique, performance, choreography and analysis of a variety of dances and dance styles.

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, where a student wishes to take at least one A level course and has level 2 BTEC qualifications, those level 2 BTEC qualifications can only count for up to a maximum of two of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

In addition to the general entrance requirements, the department specifically requires grade 5 or above at GCSE in English, and in dance (or relevant experience).


Modular examinations will be taken in the summer term of the second year and will include:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography (Practical Examination)

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

Component 2: Critical Engagement (Written Examination)

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works within a corresponding area of study

Financial information

Visits to the theatre to see live dance.  Workshops from dance professionals.


Female: Compulsory: black leotard, black footless dance leggings/tights. Optional: To wear as layers over the top: black dance trousers, a top of your own choice

Male: Compulsory: black dance leggings OR black dance/jazz trousers, black fitted tank/vest top

Optional: To wear as layers over the top:  a top of your own choice

Future opportunities

Dance is not only a subject for potential performers, choreographers or teachers.  The analytical nature of dance theory, the problem solving inherent in choreography, the ability to communicate and the importance of self-presentation are fundamental in succeeding in today‚Äôs work place.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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