DANCE – KEY STAGE 5 A LEVEL
Students will study the significance of dance in their own work and professional repertoire. They will focus on the art of choreography both as a soloist and in a group creating their own two to three minute dance. Students will perform in a duo or trio, developing their spacial awareness and sensitivity to other performers. Finally they will study how to look at themselves as a performer studying alignment, posture, components of fitness, technical skills and safe practice. All aspects of A Level Dance are taught through both practical and theoretical lessons.
Unit 1- Understanding Dance. 40% AS Level, 20% A Level: 1 hour 30 minutes Written Examination
The examination consists of a variety of long and short questions based around the professional works, anatomy and choreography.
Unit 2 – Choreography and Performance. 60% AS Level, 30 % A Level: Internally Assessed Practical Coursework
This practical assessment includes a solo choreographed and performed by the student alongside a collaboratively choreographed group piece performed as a duo/trio.
Unit 3 – Dance Appreciation: Content & Context. 25% A Level: 1 hour 30 minutes Written Examination
The examination consists of two essay style questions based around one professional work and one practitioner area of study.
Unit 4 – Group Choreography and Solo Performance. 25% A Level Externally Assessed Practical : Externally Assessed Practical Coursework
This practical assessment includes a solo performance based on a professional practitioner and a choreographed group dance based around AQA set questions.
Beyond the minimum entry criteria for Level 3 learning of 5 A*-C GCSE grades including English, students will also be expected to achieve a minimum B grade in GCSE Dance. Students who achieve a C grade may be accepted on an individual basis through discussion with the Subject Leader.
AS to A Level Progression:
In order to ensure that students are appropriately prepared for A Level study, AS students will be expected to achieve a minimum grade D at AS and where this is not the case will need to re-sit AS modules alongside the A2 course
In order to prepare for classroom learning it is expected that all students will have completed the set independent research tasks prior to the lesson. Students will have theoretical tasks set as extended learning linked to anatomy and the professional works as well as opportunities to view the works. Students will be expected to choreograph and rehearse within their own time at a minimum of 1 hour per week increasing towards the exam session, studio space is available at lunch, after school and during study periods where possible.
Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:
Throughout the year we will run a variety of theatre, dance performance and exhibition trips as well as advising students of performance to see in the local area. Students are given the opportunity to contribute to lower school dance clubs and whole school performances as well as platforms to perform and showcase their work.
Studying Dance at A Level can lead to a career in a variety of exciting professions these include Performing, Choreographing, Teaching, Dance Criticism, Producing and Theatre Management.
Good combinations of other subject to study with Dance are:
Drama, Art, English, PE, Biology and Music.
It gives me a feeling of exhilaration and excitement. You can express yourself and let yourself go. Disappear into your own world.
Ever since I started dance at Prince William School it has become a burning passion of mine. I find the course exciting and challenging, it has definitely prepared me for my future study at University.