Key Stage 5

Examination board: AQA

Why choose AS/A level dance?

A-level Dance provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about dance.

This four-unit specification requires students to:

  • develop understanding and knowledge as well as critical skills for the analysis of choreography and performance within their own work and in professional repertoire
  • gain experience of choreography and performance through practice
  • gain in-depth knowledge of specific study areas and professional works.

The practical elements of the course amount to 55% of the full qualification.


AS Award (specification 1231)

Unit 1 – DANC1

Understanding Dance 40% of AS, 20% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination 60 marks

Two sections: 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 – internally assessed 90 marks

Two sections: A – solo choreography and performance (60 marks) B – performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)


A Level Award (specification 2231)

Unit 3 – DANC3

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context 25% of A Level 1 hour 30 minutes examination 80 marks

Two sections: 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 – externally assessed 75 marks

Two sections: A – group choreography (45 marks) B – solo performance (30 marks)


This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Dance and wish to study Dance at a higher level. The content allows students to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training.


Extra -curricular

There is the opportunity to perform in as the whole school production.  We also take part in an annual dance competition held at another local school.


Career possibilities

On completion of the course you would be able to study dance or performing arts at higher education in the form of a university degree course or specialist dance training at a recognised establishment. There are many careers directly linked to the dance discipline, choreographer, dance performer, teacher, dance as a therapy, dance historian or journalist and being a member of a dance company. There are also lots of roles within community dance and working for dance organisations which would benefit from having training in this field. Dance can also be combined with a second subject at many universities.

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