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GCE Dance

  • Course Title:             Dance
  • Qualification:            GCE AS / A2
  • Course Code:         AS 1231 / A2 2231
  • Exam board:            AQA

Entry Requirements: GCSE A* - C in Performing Arts Dance; Grade C in English Language. Students with extensive practical experience in Dance Studies would be considered. 

Course Content: AS Level, specification will focus on development and performance of students’ own choreography; performing in a duo/trio. Students will receive training on technique, health and safety of the dancer. Critical skills are developed to analyse choreography and performance within own work and professional repertoire.                                               

Unit 1 will cover: 

  • The dancer as performer: knowledge and understanding of demands made in practice and performance.
  •  The process and craft of choreography.
  •  The significance of dances.

Unit 2: will cover:

  • The process of solo choreography from investigation, research of ideas through to outcome
  • Physical and interpretative skills related to performance of solo choreography.
  • Performance skills within duo / trio.

 Assessment Method:    AS Modules:    

Unit 1    - Understanding Dance – Written Exam,

Externally Assessed

Unit 2    - Choreography and Performance Centre:

A – Solo     B. Duo – Trio.

At A2  The focus is on choreographing group dances. Knowledge and understanding of a specific study area is developed. Analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context is undertaken.                              

Unit 3: 

  • Investigating one area of study from – ballet, modern dance or jazz dance 
  • Critical  analysis and appreciation of one set work. Externally assessed through written paper.                                                                                       

Unit 4    

  • Group choreography, investigation and research of ideas through to outcome.
  •  Solo performance skills in relation to a specific practitioner within an area of dance study as prescribed for Unit 3.                          

Progression: Continuation into Performing Arts/Dance career via BTEC, Degree or Diplomas. Dance is an excellent subject for personal enhancement and many students enter the teaching profession.