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 explore dance technique and practitioners in relation to the following dance styles; jazz, ballet, contemporary and modern dance.  This course has some set content for you to learn that you will find relevant and exciting. The course includes professional dance work from a wide range of choreographers. You can perform a solo after careful selection of a dance practitioner and choreograph a piece of choreography on a group of dancers.


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.

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