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AS/A Level

Dance

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AS/A Level Dance is a dynamic qualification which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, alongside transferable skills such as team working, communication and problem solving. All of these are sought after skills by higher education and employers and will help them stand out in the workplace whatever their choice of career.

The course requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

+ Technical and performance skills

+ The process and art of choreography

+ The interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance works

+ The development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context

+ Professional dance works and the significance of these works

+ Subject specific terminology and its use

An appealing aspect of the course is that it allows students to study a range of dance styles and they can perform and choreograph in a style of their choice, providing it meets the criteria.

AS Dance Specification

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Choreography and performance of a solo

Performance of a duet/trio

This is assessed through a practical exam (80 marks/50 percent of the AS Level)

Component 2: Critical Engagement

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two areas of study

The reflection and understanding of own choreographic and performance practice

This is assessed through a 2 hour written exam (80 marks/50 percent of the AS Level)

A2 Dance Specification

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within and area of study

Performance in a quartet

Group Choreography

This is assessed though a practical exam (80 marks/50 percent of the A Level)

Component 2: Critical Engagement

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works

This is assessed though a 2.5 hour written exam (100 marks/50 percent of the A Level)

Entry Requirements

+ GCSE Dance is an advantage but it is not a requirement for this course.

+ A minimum of 6 GCSEs (grades A- C) is essential, inclusive of English Language.

+ Previous dance experience is highly desirable, but a willingness to learn is more important.

+ Students should have a genuine interest in the study of dance and working creatively.

+ An enthusiasm for extra-curricular events, rehearsals and activities is beneficial and prospective students should try to attend a live dance production before enrolment.

+ You will be reqired to purchase: dance uniform (inclusive of black leotard (girls)/black biketard (boys); black vest top/t-shirt and black leggings/tracksuit bottoms); various costume for assessed performances; Course textbook (Essential Guide to Dance by Linda Ashley); Educational theatre visits/professional studio workshops.

Approximate total cost £50-£100

Career Prospects

+ University Dance Education (Roehampton, Middlesex, Cardiff Metropolitan, Bath Spa, Chichester, Bedfordshire or Kingston)

+ Vocational Dance Training (London School of Contemporary Dance, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, London Studio Centre or The Urdang Academy)

+ Careers (Movement Therapist, Anthropologist, Dancer, Choreographer, Physiotherapist Director, Dance Administrator, Teacher, Journalist, Director, Television Producer or Researcher).

Study Mode

Full-time

Campus

Neath

Course Length

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Course Time

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Exam Board

AQA

Assessment

The assessment structure gives students of all abilities the chance to excel. All assessments are clear, well-structured and easy to understand. Exam questions take a variety of styles; this helps to build studentsí confidence and gives them the opportunity to be accurately and fairly awarded marks.

Additional Notes

Course Code QHC1025/QHC1028

Contact Details

Craig Coombs 01639 648327 Craig.Coombs@nptcgroup.ac.uk