Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
This course will allow students to develop a broad practical and theoretical understanding of dance and performance, from the development of contemporary dance through history, to the specific set of skills required to perform in a jazz style. Students will broaden their understanding while learning to critically analyse the factors that led to the creation of world renowned dance works. The course also aims to develop many interpersonal, personal management and creative skills so that, regardless of students’ future aspirations, they will be fully prepared for higher education or the workplace.
Potential Topics that will be studied
Students will follow a variety of units that include developing skills and techniques for performance, investigating practitioners’ work, studying varied dance techniques, and understanding employment opportunities in performing arts. The course culminates with an opportunity for students to apply their learning to the creation of their own collaborative dance work. To support students’ understanding and development we provide opportunities to see live dance performances by renowned dance companies, as well as master classes from visiting professionals.
Students will complete 4 units across the 2 year course. The vast majority of assessment takes place through the completion of coursework, which will include practical activities and performances alongside research and reflection tasks. There is one written examination, which is based on a pre-released paper, allowing students the time to fully prepare. Around 60% of the course is externally assessed.
Additional Course Entry Requirements
A minimum of grade 5 at GCSE or Pass at BTEC dance is useful but not essential. Equivalent experience gained outside school will also be considered. Students will need to take part in an audition to gain a place on this course.
Progression and career opportunities
The course will provide students with the skills and understanding to continue their dance training at a higher level or apply for a variety of roles in the dance sector including performing or teaching. If students decide that a career in dance is not for them then the creative, research, idea development and reflection elements of the course will provide excellent transferable skills for progression onto a variety of degree courses, apprenticeships or into the workplace in fields such as events management or tourism.