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A Level Dance at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

In the first year of the course, the focus is on the development and performance of own choreography and performing within a duo/trio. Students will receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They will also begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire.

The second year of the course provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained in the first year of study. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to one of the specific areas of study.

Students will continue to receive instruction on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. Students will make an analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context.

Course content

Course modules in Year 12
Module 1 (20% of total A Level Marks) – Understanding Dance, written examination Module 2 (30% of total A Level Marks) – Choreography and Performance, practical coursework

Course Modules in Year 13
Module 3 (25% of total A Level Marks) – Appreciation: Content and Context, written examination
Module 4 (25% of total A Level Marks) – Group Choreography and Solo Performance practical examination


The course is assessed through:

  • Practical coursework completed at the end of year 1 – internally assessed and moderated by AQA
  •  Practical examination completed at the end of year 2 – externally assessed
  •  Two 1 hour 30 minute written examinations – one completed at the end of each year

Further information

Essential Information

  •  Students should have a genuine interest in choreographing and performing dances.  The course is an excellent foundation for any arts degree.
  •  Theatre visits are an essential element; approximately 3 per year.
  •  Should you require additional information please contact Miss Lasocki at school.

How can parents help?

  •  Encourage students to make independent theatre visits
  •  Students will need to rehearse outside school hours when working towards a practical assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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