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ABs

Exam board: aQA

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE

General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see What to study/LaSWAP pathways)

For those students with a GCSE in dance, a B or above is a good indicator.

 

 60% of A level is practical

 

If you enjoy dance and welcome the opportunity to perform and create, this could be the course for you. Performance, choreography and appreciation skills are developed. There is a good balance between practical and theoretical work, which is closely related throughout the course to enhance performance and broader understanding of dance “Stretch your mind and your body!”

 

YEAR 12 COURSE SPECIFICATION

Students will learn how to develop and apply their knowledge of safe practice through the awareness of correct alignment, technical accuracy and a healthy approach to training, including lifestyle of a dancer.

They will critically engage in set works and areas of study through the introduction of the area of study American Musicals 1940 – 1975 and Rambert Dance Company 1966 – 2002.

There will also be an opportunity to develop their technical and expressive skills through contemporary, jazz, ballet and Pilates classes.

 

YEAR 13 COURSE SPECIFICATION

Students will explore and develop movement content for the performance in a quartet and solo in the style of a specific practitioner, focusing on technical and expressive skills.

Choreographic skills will be developed through research, selection, development and structuring of movement for group choreography, based on an exam question set by the exam board.

Students will critically appreciate the two set works and areas of study through short answer and extended response practice.

 

LEARNING AND SKILLS

Perform dance through the application of physical, technical, interpretative and performance skills

Create dances applying choreographic skills to communicate artistic intention

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography from different periods and genres

Critically appreciate and assess performance and choreography through making analytical,

interpretive and evaluative judgements

These are just some of the skills you will learn during the course.

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

Some blurb about the exams. Specify the length and weighting of it in relation to the overall A level qualification

Unit title Type of Assessment Duration Weighting
Component 1 Practical exam (External examiner): Solo Performance (20 marks) Performance in a quartet (20 marks) Group Choreography (40 marks)

2-3 min

 

 

3-4 min

 

 

3-4 min

 50%
Component 2 Written examination (externally assessed) Section A: Short answer questions and 1 essay on compulsory area of study. Section B: 2 essays on Set work and optional area of study. 100 marks

2 hours 30 min

50%

 

Units Type of Assessment Duration
Paper 1  Exam Paper x hours

 

FUTURE PROSPECTS

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