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Dance

COURSE SUMMARY SHEET

 

SUBJECT

DANCE

LEVEL

A

EXAM BOARD

AQA

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

  • B (6) GCSE - including English and Maths
  • Dance experience outside of school is an advantage

 

Is this a new 2 Year linear A Level Subject?

Yes/No

If Yes see explanation below on how the 2 Year Course will be structured/examined

 

 

 

10 KEY POINTS ABOUT THE COURSE

 

1. The course is split into 4 units over the 2 years. There are two practical units and two theory based units. Units 1 and 2 equate to the AS level and 3 and 4 are the A2.

 

2. The course is 55% practically examined. In year 12 this is through a solo choreography and performance piece. In year 13 this is through a solo performance and group choreography.

 

3. In the AS course you will study a wide range of themes such as; safe dance practise, professional dance works, solo choreography and performing with others.

 

4.  In the A2 course you will study dance appreciation for the theory unit. This will be through an area of study (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 1958-Current day) and through one set works (Zero Degrees, Khan and Cherkaoui 2005)

 

5. In Year 12 the practical exam is normally in April time and is a moderation with the class teacher. This equates to 60% of the AS (30% of A-level). The theory exam is normally in June and equates to 40% of the AS (20% of A-level).

 

6. In Year 13 the practical exam is normally externally assessed in April time. This practical exam is worth 25% of the A-level. The theory exam is normally in June and is worth 25% of the A-Level.

 

7. Dance class sizes are usually quite small with about 6-8 students. This a good number for individual and group feedback. This is extremely useful for the practical units in particular.

 

8. To study Dance you should enjoy performing, and finding out about and understanding about a range of dance concepts. You need to have an appreciation for a wide range of dance styles.

 

9. Research and individual study is an important part of Dance – you should also be prepared to work with others to produce presentation materials and in some cases lead lessons.

 

10. Dance works very well with subjects such as English and Art. It is a fantastic subject that enables you to be as creative as possible! It is a chance to learn in a practical and supportive environment.

 

 

Who should you see if you have further questions?

Please talk to Mrs Wilson