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Dance A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Through technique classes and workshops you will explore a range of dance styles, including contemporary, ballet, jazz and repertoire from the chosen practitioners/ areas of study.  With an emphasis on choreography and performance, you will enhance your artistic skills and gain confidence in expressing your own creative voice.  

Underpinning your practical learning theoretical study provides an appropriate focus to critically engage with dance and understand the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and appreciation of dance. Energy and commitment are the main requirements for this physically and mentally demanding course.   

Course Objectives:   

  • To develop a comprehensive understanding of dance technique and styles.   
  • To foster creativity and choreographic skills.   
  • To enhance performance abilities and stage presence.   
  • To develop critical analysis and evaluative skills in relation to dance.   

Course Outcomes:   

  • Acquire a broad knowledge of dance history and different styles.   
  • Develop proficiency in choreographing and performing dance pieces.   
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of dance through written and practical assessments.   
  • Prepare for further study or a career in dance, higher education or employment   

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSEs grade A*-C, including English Language
  • A genuine passion for dance and a commitment to learning. While prior dance experience is beneficial, it is not essential 
  • We welcome students from diverse dance backgrounds. 

The course is delivered through a combination of practical workshops, theory lessons, and performance opportunities.    


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

How it's assessed:

  • Practical exam  
  • 80 marks  
  • 50% of A-level   

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.   

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes  
  • 100 marks  
  • 50% of A-level   

Two sections:  
Section A: short answer questions (25 marks)   
and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.  
Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study   
(25 marks for each essay).   

Upon successful completion of the A Level Dance course, you will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue various pathways within the dance industry. Possible progression routes include:   
Higher Education: Progress to university-level dance courses, such as BA (Hons) Dance, Dance Science, or Dance Education.   
Professional Training: Consider vocational dance training at prestigious dance institutions.   
Performance Careers: Pursue a career as a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, or dance therapist.   
Arts Administration: Explore opportunities in dance management, production, or curation. Our dedicated careers advisors will provide guidance and support, helping you shape your future in the vibrant world of dance.   

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