Performing Arts Course - A/AS Level Dance

A/AS Level Dance

Performing Arts Courses

AS/A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional 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. The course 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 An appealing aspect of the course is that it allows students to study a range of dance styles and they can perform and choreograph in a style of their choice, providing it meets the criteria.

AS Specification

AS Dance Specification Component 1: Performance and Choreography Choreography and performance of a solo Performance of a duet/trio This is assessed through a practical exam (80 marks/50 percent of the AS Level) Component 2: Critical Engagement Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study The reflection and understanding of own choreographic and performance practice This is assessed through a 2 hour written exam (80 marks/50 percent of the AS Level)

A2 Specification

A2 Dance Specification Component 1: Performance and Choreography Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within and area of study Performance in a quartet Group Choreography This is assessed though a practical exam (80 marks/50 percent of the A Level) Component 2: Critical Engagement Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works This is assessed though a 2.5 hour written exam (100 marks/50 percent of the A Level)

Career Prospects

University Dance Education (Roehampton, Middlesex, Cardiff Metropolitan, Bath Spa, Chichester, Bedfordshire or Kingston); Vocational Dance Training (London School of Contemporary Dance, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre or The Urdang Academy); Careers (Movement Therapist, Anthropologist, Dancer, Choreographer, Physiotherapist Director, Dance Administrator, Teacher, Journalist, Director, Television Producer or Researcher).

Entry Requirements

GCSE Dance is an advantage but it is not a requirement for this course. A minimum of 6 GCSEs (grades A- C) is essential, inclusive of English Language. Previous dance experience is highly desirable, but a willingness to learn is more important. Students should have a genuine interest in the study of dance and working creatively. An enthusiasm for extra-curricular events, rehearsals and activities is beneficial and prospective students should try to attend a live dance production before enrolment.

Course Costs

Dance uniform (inclusive of black leotard (girls)/black biketard (boys), black vest top/t-shirt and black leggings/tracksuit bottoms), Various costume for assessed performances, Course textbook (Essential Guide to Dance by Linda Ashley), Educational theatre visits/professional studio workshops. Approximate total cost 50 pounds – 100 pounds.

Assessment

The assessment structure gives students of all abilities the chance to excel. All assessments are clear, well-structured and easy to understand. Exam questions take a variety of styles; this helps to build students’ confidence and gives them the opportunity to be accurately and fairly awarded marks.

Length of Course

Two Years

Examining Board

AQA

Campus

Neath

Contact Details

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