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Performing Arts:
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Grade 6 at GCSE is recommended (non-Dance GCSE students will be considered)

Course Content

Component 1: Choreography and Performance

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


Component 2: Critical Engagement

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works:
  • One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study,
  • One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

Style Of Assessment

Component 1 – Choreography & Performance

  • External examiner visits the school between March and May to assesses Quartet, Group Choreography and Solo performances
  • Examined in the 2nd year of course
  • 50% of A Level


Component 2 – Critical Engagement

  • 2½ hour written paper made up of two sections – A = short answer questions and B = two essay based questions
  • 50% of A Level
  • Examined in the 2nd year of the course

Whose kind of course?

Dance is the course for you if you have a:

  • Genuine interest in performance and choreography.
  • Enjoy participating in performance and discussing professional works.
  • Wish to develop your analytical, interpretative, evaluative and lateral thinking skills.
  • Enjoy working independently and in a team.
  • Develop practical activity with high level, comprehensive, pure dance training delivered by dance specialists.
  • Desire to gain an experience of a range of dance specialisms such as Contemporary Dance, Choreography, Physical Theatre and Performance, which will develop you as a versatile dance artist.
  • Develop links to professional and performance-based dance practice.
  • Interest in the history of the Arts from the 1050’s to the present day.

Career Prospects

In addition to the performing arts sector-specific content, this qualification provides learners with the opportunity to develop all-round performance skills and transferable skills such as self-confidence, self-presentation, personal discipline, time management and organisational skills, which are highly regarded by higher education and employers. Other skills essential for further study include research, independent learning, extended writing, sourcing, evaluating information and drawing conclusions, which are delivered in the components of the course.

A Level Dance can lead to degree courses in Dance, Performing Arts and Education. Professional performance work, community work and therapy courses, Dance business, choreographer, entertainment industry, Dance Science, personal trainer, media and Dance. It is also highly regarded as an A Level of interest when looking at professional careers outside of the Performing Arts sector, these include; Law, Computer programming, English Literature, the Gaming industry & Journalism.