Dance A level at Oldfield School
What will I study?
Component 1: Performance and Choreography Choreography and Performance of a solo and the performance in a duo/trio.
Component 2: Critical Engagement Two areas of study chosen from five (one compulsory area of study) and the reflection and understanding of the student’s own choreographic and performance practice.
A Level Dance
Component 1: Performance and Choreography Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study. Performance in a quartet and group choreography.
Component 2: Critical Engagement Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and comparative professional dance work.
Grade C or above in GCSE Dance, or the equivalent dancing experience. Students will also need to be attending at least one dance technique class per week.
Examination Board - AQA
Component 1: Practical exam worth 80 marks and 50% of AS level. This will be assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 2: Written exam of 2 hours, worth 80 marks and 50% of AS level.
A Level Dance
Component 3: Practical exam worth 80 marks and 50% of A level. This will be assessed by a visiting examiner.
Component 4: Written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 100 marks and 50% of A-level.
Dance AS/A level can be very useful for entry into any Performing Arts, P.E or Media course.
Am I suited to this course?
You would be well-suited to studying Dance at A level if you:
- enjoy working independently and collaboratively in performance, choreography and analysis of dance
- like to attend live dance performances and gain experience from professional dance companies
- are interested in studying dance within a social, cultural and historical context
- would like to develop your creative and communication skills.
What other subjects does it complement?
Dance combines well with other subjects such as English, PE, Music, Drama, Media Studies, Art and History where skills of analysis, interpretation and creativity are central elements. The study of Biology alongside Dance will also help to enhance knowledge of anatomy and the human body in action.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.