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Dance at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body AQA

The course is largely practical and centred on students acquiring experience of choreography and performance as well as developing analytical thinking. There are three modules taken in each year.

This course will enable you to:

  • develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, dance;
  • develop your dance technique and understanding;
  • engage you in appreciating the diverse, dynamic heritage of dance;
  • foster your imagination and creativity;
  • learn how to record dance work;
  • develop your choreography skills and knowledge.

Course content

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have a genuine interest in the Performing Arts;
  • enjoy viewing live performances and discussing them;
  • co-operate well with others in a creative, disciplined manner;
  • like to work physically and practically;
  • enjoy performing and choreography;
  • wish to pursue a career in the Arts.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B including Science. Dance GCSE knowledge and experience is required.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Understanding Dance (40% of AS, 20% of A2 level) 1 hour written exam. The paper asks questions on the dancer as a performer, the process and craft of choreography and the significance of dances.

Unit 2 - Choreography and Performance (60% of AS, 30% of A2 level). Practical Coursework. Section A - Solo Choreography and Performance, Section B - Performance in a duo / trio.

Those students who wish to study only AS level Dance will finish the course after these initial two modules.

A Level

Unit 3 - Dance Appreciation (25% of A level marks) 1 hour written exam. Candidates will answer one question on a chosen area of study and one from the set work studied.

Unit 4 - Group Choreography and Solo Performance - practical examination (25% of the A level marks). Candidates choreograph a group dance, of two to three minutes duration, in which they do not perform. In the second section, candidates present a solo performance which demonstrates understanding of a performance style linked to a specific practitioner from the areas of study prescribed in unit 3.

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • dance, theatre, performing arts, visual arts, media:
  • physiotherapy, sports science, health care;
  • choreography, community dance;
  • research;
  • teaching;
  • journalism.

Further information

Extra Curricular Activities

These include:

  • a range of theatre trips;
  • choreographing for, and performing in, a range of productions and festivals;
  • working with professional artists.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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