By studying A-level Dance, you will acquire experience of choreography and performance as well as developing knowledge of the training and techniques required for Dance.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of two AS-Level units and two A2 level units. You will study four units and the assessment for A-Level Dance is by choreography, solo/duo/trio performances and written exams.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- AQA AS-Level Dance
In the first unit, Understanding Dance, you will develop knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography. You will study professional repertoire and these three areas in detail:
- The dancer as performer: knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer – which focuses on posture, fitness and safe dance practice
- The dancer as performer: knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer – which focuses on movement, settings and experimentation
- The significance of dances: own work and that of professional repertoire will allow you to analyse dance such as it its character and interpretation
In the second unit, Choreography and Performance, you will use your knowledge from the first AS unit and develop skills in the following areas:
- The process of solo choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome
- The development of physical and interpretative skills in relation to performance of the solo choreography
- The development of performance skills within a duo/trio performance context
The A2 Dance is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Dance. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Dance with the AS-Level Dance makes up the A-Level Dance. The A2-Level Dance will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Dance.
- AQA A2-Level Dance
In Dance Appreciation: Content and Context you will demonstrate understanding of how dance develops by studying the context in which dance is presented. You have the opportunity to focus on ballet, modern dance or jazz dance.
In the fourth unit, Group Choreography and Solo Performance and you will perform a solo and group dance. You will focus on the following areas:
- The process of group choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome
- The development of solo performance skills in relation to a specific practitioner within an area of dance study from Unit 3, or the choreographer of any of the three set works
A-Level Dance Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level Dance specification is available on the AQA website.
Most people study A-Level Dance as they wish to study Performing Arts at University or through vocational-based routes. Some students may also choose Dance as they may wish to study health and fitness-related subjects at University. Other students study A Level Dance as they may wish to become a Dance Teacher.
Other Useful Information
- AQA past papers for A-Level Dance are available on their website.
- There is a selection of A-Level Dance resources available here.