AS / ‘A’ Level Dance

This enjoyable two year course, following the AQA specification, will run from September 2016 – July 2018 and is open to pupils who, in September 2016, will be in school Year 11 or above. This course is particularly suitable for students who have regular dance training and wish to study Dance at a higher level.

A-level Dance provides students with the opportunity to gain experience of performance and choreography and to develop critical thinking about Dance.

Why choose dance?

The content allows candidates to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training. For the AS award the focus is on:

  • performance of own choreography
  • performance within a duo/trio
  • training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • analysis of choreography  and performance within professional repertoire.

For the A2 award candidates the focus is on:

  • group choreography
  • knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance
  • performance skills related to one of the specific areas of study or to a choreographer of one of the set works
  • training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • the analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context.

 AS (Year 1) :

Unit 1 – DANC1

Understanding Dance

40% of AS, 20% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

60 marks

Two sections: A – structured questions (20 marks)

B – two essay questions (40 marks)

Unit 2 – DANC2

Choreography and Performance

60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Practical coursework – internally assessed

90 marks

Two sections: A – solo choreography and performance (60 marks)

B – performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)

A2 (Year 2) :

Unit 3 – DANC3

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

25% of A Level

1 hour 30 minutes examination

80 marks

Two sections: A – one question on chosen area of study (40 marks)

B – one question on set work studied (40 marks)

Unit 4 – DANC4

Group Choreography and Solo Performance

25% of A Level

Practical examination – externally assessed

75 marks

Two sections: A – group choreography (45 marks)

B – solo performance (30 marks)

There’s lots to do!

The course will follow local secondary school/college term dates as shown below and will be on offer, subject to minimum enrolment quotas, at our Waterfoot branch. Classes will meet weekly for 2 hours- TBC at our WATERFOOT BRANCH

Other days may be inserted as and when required. Dates for the moderation of Unit 2 and examination of Unit 4 will be issued during the Spring term of each year.

  • Classes will be taught by Louise Hocking, assisted by other RDDC staff, where appropriate.
  • Fees are £150 per term and are due at the start of each term and are non refundable. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or debit card. One term’s notice of withdrawal is required. Fees include all lesson preparation, tuition, marking and assessment but exclude any theatre visit or books. An Exam fee of £55 per year is also payable in the Spring Term.
  • Pupils will be expected to provide an A4 ring binder, paper, pens, etc.
  • Results from the course are known in August 2017 (AS) & August 2018 (A2) and can be graded from A* downwards. We have an excellent record of success in GCSE Dance examinations and look forward to having a similar success rate with A Level Dance.
  • What next? If you are interested or have any queries then please speak to Louise/Alison. If you wish to apply for the course please complete the attached enrolment form and hand it to your teacher or to RDDC reception. We will then be in touch to confirm your place


We hope you are looking forward to the course as much as we are! You can print off the attached enrolment form below to book you place for 2016/2017:

A-LEVEL DANCE enrolment form