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.
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.
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.