A Level | Dance

A Level in Dance

Exam Board:  AQA Exam Code: 7237

Will the course suit me?

The role of dance in young people’s lives is important and becoming ever more so. You will be able to study a range of dance styles.  This course has some set content for you to learn that you will find relevant and exciting. The course includes choreography from a broad area of study. You can perform and choreograph in a style of your choice for the group work, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

Course Description

The A Level Dance specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • technical and performance skills
  • the process and art of choreography
  • the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works
  • the development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
  • professional dance works and the significance of these works
  • subject specific terminology and its use.

Benefits of the course

Knowledge, understanding and skills will be developed and demonstrated within performance, choreography and critical engagement with the study of professional repertoire located within specific areas of study. The study of professional dance works, within the areas of study, promotes the integration of theory and practice and underpins students’ own approaches to performance and choreography.

Areas of study provide students with the opportunity to investigate the key changes in the development of dance linked to a genre(s) and allow students to demonstrate contextual understanding through written communication and performance.

Future Opportunities

A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career


Component 1 – Performance and choreography
What is assessed?

·      Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study

·      Performance in a quartet

·      Group choreography

How is it assessed?

·      Practical exam

·      80 marks

·      50% of A-level

Component 2 – Critical engagement
What is assessed?

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.

·     One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study

·     One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

How is it assessed?

·      Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

·      100 marks

·      50% of A-level

If you have any questions about this course, please contact Lead Teacher: Beth Butler

To apply for our Sixth Form, please see our Admissions page.

How can we help?

Take the next step by selecting an option below, or if you want to drop us a quick message, you can do so with the form.

Shinfield Road
Berkshire, UK
+44 (0) 118 987 9600
Request a prospectus Arrange a visit Make an application
Contact Us
I agree with your terms & conditions and privacy policy *
I would like to receive updates from Leighton Park, including updates about upcoming events