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Dance (Single Award) AS/A Level 3 at Astor College

Course description

This is a two year course.

At AS, you will take weekly practical classes in jazz, ballet  and contemporary technique.  An external workshop from a professional company will form the basis for the group performance exam at the end of the year and is worth 30%.  A solo practical exam will determine your level of choreographic and performance skills and makes up the remaining 30%.  The written examination, which is based upon your knowledge of dance technique, set professional works and areas of study, completes your AS course.

 

At A2, you will develop advanced professional skills, rehearsing and showcasing a group choreography piece, whilst performing a second solo dance later in the year.  You will work from commissions set by AQA and explore creative dance whilst performing in the annual dance showcase at the end of the academic year.



 

Course content

Prospectus:

Course: A-Level Dance

Website:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/drama-and-performing-arts/a-level/dance-2230/spec-at-a-glance

At AS, you will take weekly practical classes in jazz, ballet  and contemporary technique.  An external workshop from a professional company will form the basis for the group performance exam at the end of the year and is worth 30%.  A solo practical exam will determine your level of choreographic and performance skills and makes up the remaining 30%.  The written examination, which is based upon your knowledge of dance technique, set professional works and areas of study, completes your AS course.

At A2, you will develop advanced professional skills, rehearsing and showcasing a group choreography piece, whilst performing a second solo dance later in the year.  You will work from commissions set by AQA and explore creative dance whilst performing in the annual dance showcase at the end of the academic year.

Entry Requirements 5 GCSE at C or abover

Qualification is still the same

Contact is Mrs V Chamberlain and Miss S Cloke

 

 

Specification

UNIT 1 UNDERSTANDING DANCE -40%

Written Paper  1 hr 30 mins (60 marks)

 

Based on a minimum of 2-4 dance works

 

  1. Structured Questions (Technical)
  2. 2 Essay questions based on professional dance works you have studied

 

Externally Assessed

UNIT 2 CHOREOGRAPHY and PERFORMANCE-60%

Practical Coursework (90 marks)

 

  1. Solo Choreography and Performance (60 marks)
  2. Performance in a Duo/Trio (30 marks)

 

Internally Assessed

 

UNIT 3-DANCE APPRECIATION -25%

Written Paper 1hr 30 mins (80 marks)

 

  1. One question on a chosen area of study (40 marks)
  2. One question on set work studied (40 marks)

 

Externally Assessed

UNIT 4 GROUP CHOREOGRAPHY AND SOLO PERFORMANCE - 25%

Practical Coursework (70 marks)

 

  1. Group Choreography (40 marks)
  2. Solo Performance (30 marks)

 

Externally Assessed

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or aboveYou will benefit most from a GCE in Performing Arts if you have one or more of the following: - four GCSEs at grade A*-C which might include GCSE in Dance at grades A*- C - other level 2 qualifications such as Intermediate GNVQ in Performing Arts; Edexcel BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts - grade related qualifications in Dance You should also have an interest in developing broad skills, knowledge and understanding based on the practical needs and concerns of the performing arts industry.

Assessment

See 'Course Content' above

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level subjects such as Business or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Performing Arts, which could lead onto higher education, BTEC Higher Nationals or NVQ Levels 3 and 4 in related subjects. With further training you could go into a job related to the Performing Arts such as a Chorographer, Theatre Director, or you may wish to perform on the stage. The course will also help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact CXK

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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