Dance A Level
About the course
This is a creative, challenging and specialist course, combining the practical and theoretical study of dance. Through technique classes, choreography workshops, rehearsals and theory sessions, you will develop your skills as both a choreographer and performer. In addition you will broaden your knowledge of professional dance and extend your critical skills.
You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results
In addition, you must have:
- Grade 5/C or above in GCSE English Language
- Grade 5/B or above in GCSE Dance
- Successfully pass a pre-course audition
- If you have not taken the subject at GCSE, but have extensive experience in Dance, this will also be accepted
- Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
- IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.
The focus of the course is on contemporary dance and you will take part in regular technique classes to improve your skills. You will explore choreography through generating, developing and structuring movement material in response to a variety of stimuli and there will be opportunities to perform in public.
Over two years, critical engagement with areas of study and choreographers and their works will develop your knowledge and understanding of dance through time. In addition, trips to see live dance and workshops from professional companies will support and inform your practice.
In the second year you will be required to choreograph a group dance, perform as part of a quartet and perform a solo dance. This will be assessed by a visiting AQA examiner. In addition there is a written exam on a compulsory and optional set work. Assessment is 50% practical and 50% written exam.
A Level Dance on its own or in combination with A level Drama is ideal for progression to either vocational schools or dance/performing arts degrees at university. Students from the course have studied at London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Urdang Academy, University of Surrey, Kingston University and Middlesex University.
We were taken on dance and drama trips to the theatre which gave me great insight
Subjects: A Levels in English Literature and Language, Dance and Drama and Theatre Studies
Destination: Going to Central School for Speech and Drama to study Drama, Theatre Studies and Education
After getting 3 B's in her A Levels, Claire said: "My courses were fun and the teachers were helpful. We were taken on dance and drama trips to the theatre which gave me great insight in to how the theatre works on and off stage."
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Our Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. Over 30 A Levels are on offer from Physics to History of Art.
Sixth Form College
Based in vibrant Angel, the Sixth Form College has a 25 year track record of delivering success. There are over 30 A Levels on offer from Dance to History of Art to Science.