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Dance A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study Dance?

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. Dance is the hidden language of the soul” -  Martha Graham

Do you have determination, desire and dedication? Are you creative, imaginative, analytical and expressive? If so you will thrive whilst studying A-Level Dance. Studying A-level Dance will provide you with the opportunity to develop your critical thinking about dance and to gain experience of performance and choreography. It is the perfect progression for those who have studied dance at GCSE and/or have previous experience of dance through formal training in dance classes, although this is not essential.

Course content

What will I study?

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

What's assessed?
• Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
• Performance in a quartet
• Group choreography

How it's assessed
• Practical exam
• 80 marks
• 50% of A-level

Component 2: Critical engagement

What's assessed?
• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study
• Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

How it's assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
• 100 marks
• 50% of A-level

• Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study
• Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay)


Dance extras

As an A-Level Dance student you will have the opportunity to participate in numerous activities outside of your lessons. Not only will you will see a range of professional dance companies perform, you will have the opportunity to work with professional artists. You will have the chance to choreograph for and perform in a range of productions and festivals. You will also have access to the purpose built performance hall where in-house shows will take place. 

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 5s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in Dance if taken at GCSE


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with a Dance A-level?

This course provides a strong foundation for students wanting to pursue professional dance or performing arts training and employment. It suits students wanting to continue their study of dance at university and will help to facilitate students who wish to teach and/or work in community dance in the future. It also suits students wanting to work in theatre, visual arts, media, physiotherapy, sports science and health care. The skills learned and developed by studying A-Level Dance are transferrable to numerous subjects outside of the ‘arts’. Skills such as commitment, time-management, analytical and critical thinking, creativity, team work, independence and physical confidence,  all contribute to a successful career post sixth form. 

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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