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A Level Dance at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

The course studies choreography, performance and appreciation of dance. You will also study 2 selected dance genres, e.g. Ballet/Contemporary.


AS modules will include:

  • Understanding of dance performance in a duet/trio
  • Solo choreography and performance
  • Study of “The Dancer”

A Level modules will include:

  • Group Choreography
  • Performance in the style of a recognised practitioner (solo)
  • Critical analysis and interpretation of dance


The modules will enable you to compare and contrast dances, to examine styles, music used and different performance areas.  You will learn how dances are created and about ideas behind the dance.

In addition, you will focus on the dancer in action and learn how to respond to a theory question through practical performance.

Course content

1 (AS)

Understanding Dance

1 hour 30 minutes examination




Choreography and Performance


Practical coursework – internally assessed


3 (A2)

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

1 hour 30 minutes examination




Group Choreography and Solo Performance

Two sections:

A – group choreography

B – solo performance

Practical examination – externally assessed




Entry requirements

GCSE Dance at Grade ‘B’ is required for this course, unless advised by the Course Leader.

Future opportunities

Dance will allow students to gain basic skills (confidence, communication, co-operation, problem solving, creative thinking, logical planning, listening, appreciation etc) and these can be applied to any industry.


It is suggested that A-level Dance can aid performance and choreography work in the performing arts sector and also provides a solid foundation for those looking to take Degree courses.


The most important aspect of the A-level is to further the knowledge they have gained at GCSE and to teach them about the "The Dancer" as a performer and choreographer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years