Why choose this specification?

A-level Dance 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.

A-level Dance helps students to:

  • think critically about Dance as an art form
  • develop their knowledge for the study of Dance in higher education
  • experience performance and choreography through practice
  • lead a healthy lifestyle.
Watch our video, which explains how AQA Dance is a really broad experience.

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What teachers like:

Teachers have said that they like the fact that:  

  • the specification combines knowledge with studio work. Solo performance is based on the movement style of a chosen practitioner or choreographer
  • there is a choice of genres and styles that enable teachers and students to select those that are relevant and interesting to them
  • there is a choice of areas of study and set works. They are expected to change every three years. The professional works link the practical and written assessments
  • there is less pressure on teachers with the practical exam externally assessed by an examiner in school. The 60% controlled assessment element at AS level (30% at A-level) also reduces the burden of marking controlled assessment.

What students like:

Students have said that they like the fact: 

  • that it provides them with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about Dance
  • that there is good progression for those who have studied Dance at GCSE and/or have previous experience of Dance through formal training in dance classes.


  • there are extensive online materials to help teachers with queries related to all A-level Dance units
  • we allocate a controlled assessment adviser to every school who assists teachers with any controlled assessment queries
  • we run continuing professional development courses and offer in-school support to assist with the teaching of A-level Dance as well as teachers' professional development
  • teachers can join a Teacher Network Group (TNG), which enables dance teachers to contact each other and share ideas about teaching strategies and resources
  • 24-hour support through our website and ask AQA.

Knowledge/skills gained:

 The skills that students develop specific to the study of Dance at A-level include:

  • knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography within their own work and professional repertoire
  • technical and expressive skills as well as safe practice developed through performance and interpretation of Dance
  • technical and performance skills in relation to a chosen practitioner
  • performance skills as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble.

Career opportunities and further studies

This course provides a strong foundation to:

  • higher education in Dance, Performing Arts and PE
  • professional training
  • professional employment.