Year 12 and 13
Course A LEVEL DANCE – School website – Subject Guide
Exam Board/Syllabus AQA 7237
Grade Equivalences A*-E

Course Entry Requirements

In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4 English and knowledge and
practical experience in Dance.
Assessment Route Component 1 (Practical exam 50%)
Component 2 (Written exam 2½ hr 50%)


The A Level Dance course is aimed at those students who have a strong interest in the theoretical study and practice of dance. Key areas related to dance performance are explored such as performance, choreography and critical engagement. Students will 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

A record of experience and achievement in dance is a correlative factor of success in this

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

Component 2: Critical Engagement
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works:

  • One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
  • One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four


Learning strategies

Learning experiences relate to real-life experiences in dance; historical and current practices of dance

Commitment to improving performance during private study/rehearsals

Strong link maintained between the practice of dance and theoretical content

The study of professional dance works, promoting the integration of theory and practice and underpins students’ own approaches to performance and choreography.

Learning experiences reflect objectives of performance, choreography and critical thinking

Homework including examination questions and research

Self-study using school resources and facilities

Solo and collaborative tasks/challenges

Out of school visits, workshops and revision sessions


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