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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 exploring a range of different dance styles and techniques. In addition to this you will explore dance appreciation where you will anaylse dance practitioners and professional dance works. 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 20 marks. A solo practical exam will determine your level of choreographic and performance skills and equates to 60 marks. In total, Performance and Choreography modules will make up 50% of your AS course. The written examination, is based upon your knowledge of dance technique, set professional works and areas of study, completes your AS course, and the remaining 50%.


At A2, you will develop advanced professional skills, rehearsing and showcasing a group choreography piece, whilst performing a quartet and a second solo dance later in the year. This course allows you to expand on your skills and knowledge from AS, whilst challenging you to reach the next level. 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


Component 1 - Performance and Choreography 50%

Component 2 - Critical Engagement 50%


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at 4 / C or above including English and Mathematics

You 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.

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: 27 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years