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Dance AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

The study of Dance contributes to students' social development and promotes fitness and well-being. As performers, students develop confidence as well as team work and creative skills. A-level Dance is a highly practical course with an extensive focus on choreography combined with refinement of extended writing skills.

The course is designed to give you theoretical and practical experience through an understanding of dance. You will acquire technical skills in choreography, contemporary dance and performance and engage in critical thinking about dance practice.

You will develop dance appreciation skills through the analysis of professional works, gaining an understanding of the historical and cultural context of dances. You will develop an understanding of a dancer’s physiology and the rehearsal and performance process. 

Course content

The Dance A Level is a linear course. Examinations taken in the 2nd year are as follows:

Component 1: Performance and choreography
50% of A Level

  • Solo performance linked to area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

Component 2: Critical Engagement 
50% of A Level

  • Understanding of a compulsory set work and it’s corresponding area of study
  • Understanding of a chosen set work and it’s corresponding area of study

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • All students will be required to attend a short audition.


Each component will be assessed by one of two methods:

  • Practical Examination – Component One
  • Written Examination – Component Two

You will be expected to rehearse out of College hours. A commitment to this is essential.

Financial information

Students will be given many opportunities to get involved in workshops within college and regular theatre trips. Student should therefore allow £30-£50 per term to put towards these excellent opportunities.

Dance attire (ballet/jazz shoes and dance wear) are required by all dance students.

Future opportunities

Students completing this course have gone on to Higher Education courses such as BA Honours degrees in Dance, Performing Arts, and a selection of students have gone on to Performing Arts or Dance Schools. The education element of the course would also be ideal for a Teaching qualification and career, or to gain work in a dance education department.  In addition to this, the transferable skills developed over the duration of the course also enable students to progress into a range of other employment in the creative industries.

Further information

There are numerous trips to the theatres locally and beyond. You will be expected to see as much dance, in its various forms, as possible, in your own time. Technique workshops are compulsory in addition to lessons, and will be delivered by dance professionals. You- internally

As this is a very practical course, and to replicate real-life performance experiences wherever possible, there is an expectation that students will be available to perform in a range of shows throughout the year usually in the evenings. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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