A Level Dance

Examination Board: AQA

Course Leader: Miss K Benn

Contact Email: kbenn@tgschool.net

 

What Will I Study?

The course is has 2 main components with Component 1 being split into 2 areas:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography 50%

Component 2: Critical Engagement 50%

Entry Requirements

•  GCSE Dance Grade 5 or above/BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Merit or above*

•  GCSE English Grade 4 and GCSE Maths Grade 4

*A strong dance or gymnastics background/experience considered if course not taken.

Assessment

This qualification is linear. Meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment (practical work) at the end of the course.

For the performance aspect students will perform in a solo as well as a trio or quartet. For choreography they will respond to an exam paper set by AQA to create either a solo or group choreography. For critical engagement students will sit a written paper exam based around the professional works studied in lessons.

Where Next?

A Level Dance can lead to a range of higher educational training routes, whether that is vocational training at a conservatoire specialising in Dance or a university.

The skills that Dance teaches provides excellent progression into higher education and work because of their application to the real world, even if not directly doing something in Dance.

 

BTEC Dance

BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate or Diploma

Examination Board: Pearson

Course Leader: Miss K Benn

Contact Email: kbenn@tgschool.net

What Will I Study?

Extended Certificate in Dance

360 GLH equivalent in size to one A level. The course consists of four units, three are mandatory and one is optional.

Mandatory

Unit 1: Investigating Practitioner’s work

Unit 2: Developing Skills for Live Performance

Unit 3: Group Performance Workshop

Optional Units

(Dependent on cohort’s strengths/ interests):

Unit 10: Jazz Dance

Unit 12: Contemporary Dance

Diploma in Dance

720 Guided learning hours. Equivalent in size to two A levels. The course is comprised of eight units, six are mandatory and two are optional. In addition to the Extended Certificate units, students will study:

Mandatory

Unit 4: Performing Arts in the Community

Unit 5: Individual Performance Commission

Unit 6: Final Live Performance

Optional Units

(Dependent on cohort’s strengths/ interests):

Unit 8: Classical Ballet Technique

Unit 13: Healthy Dancer

Unit 22: Movement in Performance

Entry Requirements

•  GCSE Dance Grade 5 or above/BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Merit or above

•  GCSE English Grade 4 and GCSE Maths Grade 4

Assessment

The course is assessed through a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector.

There are two main forms of assessment: internal and external. Most units are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. The styles of external assessment are examination and set tasks. Emphasis is on practical assessment along with written coursework.

Where Next?

The BTEC Dance courses can lead to a range of higher educational training routes, whether that is further vocational training at a conservatoire specialising in Dance or a university. BTEC’s in Dance are widely regarded by these institutions as equipping students with relevant practical skills.

They provide excellent progression into higher education because of their application to the real world.