A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Dance or a merit or above in BTEC Dance or dancing outside of school on a regular basis.

Why study this course?

The A Level Dance course provides students with essential transferable skills to ensure that they are prepared for further study or employment in the Dance or Performing Arts industry.  This qualification 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 out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

What does this qualification cover?

In practical lessons, students will develop skills to enable them to perform Dance in a solo and in a group and they will be required to create an original piece of group choreography in response to an externally set task.

In the theory aspect of the course, students will study Rambert Dance Company and The Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000-current; they will consider the development of these study areas, key practitioners and set professional works.

What will I study?

Students will develop and articulate theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • Technical and performance skills
  • The process and art of choreography
  • The interrelationship between the creation, presentation and appreciation of dance
  • 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.

This will be achieved by students completing both practical and theory elements.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Live practical exam (50% of marks)

Component 2: 2 hour 30 minute written exam

Where can it lead?

You will develop all aspects of dance education which could lead to a further career in Dance, such as, performance, choreography and teaching. We have a number of past students working in the West End, on cruise ships and teaching at dance schools.


We have also had a large number of students use their A Level Dance qualification to help them to access university courses such as teaching, accountancy and fine art.  Some students have also chosen to go straight into employment in a range of industries including the police force, personal training and dance teaching while others have accessed apprenticeships in areas such as accountancy.


A Level Dance is a course with the potential to help you access higher education or a career path in a variety of chosen fields.


Miss S King

Course Leader

Mr A Rawlin – Faculty Leader

Mrs D Adams

Course Materials

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