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Exam board: AQA – AS Dance 7236    A-Level Dance 7237

Why choose to study Dance?

A-level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

Course outline:

Component 1 – Performance and Choreography.

Component 2 – Critical Engagement



Type of assessment


Component 1

Solo performance, performance in a quartet, group choreography

Practical exam


Component 2

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.

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes


Essential student qualifications/abilities:

A proven successful background in Dance (not necessarily GCSE), A genuine interest in Dance and theatre., The ability to work autonomously in and out of lessons. The ability to work with others. A willingness to spend extra time researching, rehearsing and going to see a range of different dance theatre, outside of lessons

Desirable student qualifications/abilities: At least a 6 in GCSE English and Dance (if studied at GCSE)

Higher education opportunities: Dance offers a range of skills that will prove to be valuable in all higher education courses. Natural course progression includes Dance, Drama and Performing Arts, English Literature, and Media,

Career opportunities:

Creative and Arts industries contribute £71.4 billion to the British economy and account for approximately 5.6% of jobs in the UK.  Potential career paths include: performing, arts education, working in Media, events planning, marketing, and advertising.

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