AS: A one year course normally taken in year 12.
Unit 1: Understanding Dance. Students study professional repertoire which underpins the study of choreographic approaches, processes, form, structure and effective outcomes. Students also study the dancer in action focusing on technique and anatomy.
Unit 2: Choreography and performance. Students choreograph and perform a solo based on a question released by AQA. Students also perform a duo or trio for this unit.
A2: A one year course normally taken in year 13.
Unit 3: Dance appreciation. Candidates are required to investigate one area of study out of a possible three set out by AQA. This unit requires the students to demonstrate an understanding of the development of dance through studying a specific genre and practitioners within this.
Unit 4: Group choreography and solo performance. Students are required to choreograph a group dance for this unit based on topics set out by AQA. Students also perform a solo performance for this unit.
Unit 1: Written examination (40% AS Level) (20% A Level)
Unit 2: Practical examination: (60% AS Level) (30% A Level)
Unit 3: 25% (A Level)
Unit 4: 25% (A Level)
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You should have a confident attitude and not be afraid to perform in front of others. Having GCSE Dance or BTEC First in Performing Arts and advantage but not essential. Outside performing / dance experience and / or dance classes an advantage but not essential.
Dancer, Performing artist, Dance Journalist, Choreographer, Community Dance Artist, Dance Therapist, Dance Teaching, Dance company administrator. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Music and Drama or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Dance, which could lead onto higher education to study Dance or more general higher education courses. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially within the Performing Arts sectors.
You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Music, Drama or Performing Arts to prepare for higher education in Dance or more general higher education courses. You could also complement the course by studying the Advanced GCE in Performing Arts which offers a more vocational approach to the subject. With further training you could go into a job related to Dance such as a Chorographer, Dance Teacher or you may wish specialise in an area of dance such as ballet and perform on the stage as a professional dancer. The course also helps you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially within the performing sectors.