A Level Dance. AS & A2

Why study this course?

Malbank has an established reputation for producing very high standards in dance. Although A Level Dance will be new to the school, the dance staff are very experienced and have a reputation for exceptional quality throughout Cheshire East and Cheshire West. Teachers bring professional experience to the course; results are outstanding and the facilities are of a very high standard.

If you decide to do A Level Dance at Malbank you will be introduced to a vast network of professional dancers, experience a wide range of extracurricular enrichment opportunities designed to extend your own developing repertoire.

The aim of A Level Dance is to promote a lifelong interest in Dance, creative development and a healthy lift style. Throughout your two years your teachers will help you combine your experience of performance and choreography whilst engaging in critical thinking about dance. A minimum of five dance works will be explored, from a variety of genres and styles. This course is a further qualification for dancers aiming to perform professionally or develop greater choreographic skills in order to become part of the wider world of dance.

How is the course structured?

AS Units 1 & 2

Unit 1, Understanding Dance (written paper)

Students will be taught correct technical practices in accordance to different styles and genres and safe studio practice. There are also sections on choreographic procedures, constituent features and performance skills to aid the development dance appreciation.

Unit 2, Choreography (practical unit)
All candidates will be required to apply skills taught in Unit 1 by choreographing and performing a solo and a duet/trio.

A2 Units 3 & 4

Unit 3. Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

The written paper comprises two sections. Section A focuses on the areas of study and Section B on the set works. Candidates answer one essay question from each section.

Unit 4. Group Choreography and Solo Performance

Allows the students to develop and extend understanding and skills experienced in Unit 2 of the AS award and there are direct links to the theoretical subject content of Unit 3.

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who would like to take this course have some previous dance experience. GCSE grade C or above, BTEC Level 2. Dance qualifications from ISTD, IDTA, RAD or BBA are accepted at grade 5 and above.

What career paths would this course lead to?

You will acquire the skills, knowledge and qualifications to further your education at either FE or degree level. This course will give you the foundation and grounding to go on to consider a career in a variety of pathways:

As a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher of dance at both primary or secondary school level. Also physiotherapy, modelling, makeup artist and community development officer within the arts all are viable options.