The AS Dance course provides students, who have a passion for the subject, with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance.
Although studying GCSE Dance is not a requirement for this course, students must have had some experience of Dance and be excited about the prospect of developing their technique, performance and choreographic ability. Candidates with a grade C or above at GCSE, or equal achievement through the grade systems, would be ideal for this course.
Students who are enthusiastic about dancing, performing and choreographing and who enjoy exercising, training and keeping fit would be ideally suited to this course. This course will also lead you on to further study in higher education and will give you the skills needed for employment within the professional field.
At AS Level, this specification focuses on the development and performance of the candidate's own choreography and performance within a duo/trio. Candidates receive training on technique and the health and safety of the dancer. They begin to develop critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire.
Unit 1 - DANC1
40% of AS, 20% of A Level
1 Hr 30 mins examination - 60 marks
A - structured questions (20 marks)
B - two essay questions (40 marks)
Unit 2 - DANC2
Choreography and Performance
60% of AS, 30% of A Level
Practical coursework - 90 marks
A - solo choreography and performance (60 marks)
B - performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)
At A2, candidates develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at AS level. The focus of choreography is shifted towards group dance. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance. Performance skills will be developed in relation to a specific practitioner.
Unit 3 - DANC3
Dance Appreciation: Content and Context
25% of A Level
1 Hr 30 min examination - 80 marks
A - one question on chosen area of study (40 marks)
B - one question on set work studied (40 marks)
Unit 4 - DANC4
Group Choreography and Solo Performance
25% of A Level
Practical examination - 75 marks
A - group choreography (45 marks)
B - solo performance (30 marks)