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Dance

Specific Course Entry Requirements

English grade C, dance experience equivalent to grade 5 with an associated Dance board

Examination Levels Offered

This course is linear, the AS does not count towards the A-level, but both the AS and A-level are co-teachable and therefore the AS serves as a good foundation for the A-level

Examination Board AQA

Dance is a powerful, unique form of communication and social interaction that can change the way students feel, think and act.

It brings together intellect, feelings and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development through movement. This course reflects on both historical and current dance practices, making it more relevant for today’s student and inspires a lifelong passion and appreciation for dance.

This course is linear, the AS does not count towards the A-level, but both the AS and A-level are co-teachable and therefore the AS serves as a good foundation for the A-level.

AS Level

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

  • Choreography and performance of a solo
  • Performance in a duet/trio

How it is assessed: Practical exam, 80 marks - 50% of AS level

Component 2: Critical Engagement

  • Two areas of study – chosen from five (one compulsory area of study)
  • The reflection and understanding of own choreographic and performance practice

Three sections of written exam:

  • Section A: short answer questions on own practice in Dance (15 marks)
  • Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks)
  • Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks)

How it is assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks - 50% of AS

A-Level

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

  • Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

How it is assessed: Practical exam, 80 marks - 50% of A-level

Component 2: Critical Engagement
Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study.

Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study. Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study

Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay)

How it is assessed: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks - 50% of A-level

Staff Contact
Mrs L Seymour - lseymour@oxtedschool.co.uk