Dance has been added to My Courses


Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • You do NOT need to have studied this subject at GCSE
  • All students will be required to attend a short audition.



Exam board: AQA

75%75% of students have gone on to Higher Education Dance studies

A-level Dance focuses on developing your practical choreographic skills, enhanced by analytical studies and dance technique.

Confidence, creativity, fitness and well-being are consistently nurtured and developed, alongside a conscious awareness of current practice through analysis and critical writing. We study both practically and theoretically a wide range of unique and exciting modern Dance practitioners from Ricahrd Alston to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Dance students enjoy this practically driven course where opportunites to perform are always seized and creative collaboration with industry professionals encouraged.

The course is designed to give you theoretical and practical experience through an understanding of dance. You will acquire technical skills in choreography, contemporary dance and performance and engage in critical thinking about dance practice.

You will develop dance appreciation skills through the analysis of professional works, gaining an understanding of the historical and cultural context of dances. You will develop an understanding of a dancer’s physiology and the rehearsal and performance process. 

The Dance A-level is a linear course. Examinations taken in the 2nd year are as follows:


Component 1

50% of A-level



Performance and choreography

  • Solo performance linked to area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography


Component 2

50% of A-level



Critical engagement

  • Understanding of a compulsory set work and it’s corresponding area of study
  • Understanding of a chosen set work and it’s corresponding area of study


Method of Assessment

Each component will be assessed by one of two methods:

1. Practical Examination – Component One

2. Written Examination – Component Two

You will be expected to rehearse out of College hours. A commitment to this is essential.


The facilities relating to Performing Arts include:

  • Fully equipped performance space.
  • Excellent state of the art technical/backstage equipment.
  • A bespoke Dance studio with sprung floor, mirrors and air-conditioning.
  • We also have a dance specific dance classroom with projector, interactive whiteboard and professional works library.
Working with industry professionals and technique training

Working with industry professionals and technique training

Further Dance Training

You will be expected to partake in further technique training in an extra lesson per week. This will be delivered by a range of professionals working in the industry. There is a discounted cost for this as we host it in-house during your timetable, a great opportunity to access professional development and perform in choreographer's works.

It is necessary that all dance students attend in order to develop their technique and choreographic practice, as it feeds into and supports the course components.

Meet the Performing Arts teachers and students


Students completing this course have gone on to Higher Education courses such as BA Honours degrees in Dance, Performing Arts, and a selection of students have gone on to Performing Arts or Dance Schools. Whilst a performer’s career can be brief, a career or vocation, in the dance ‘industry’ can last your entire life. Skills learnt lead to employment in Education, PR, Marketing, Creative Administration, Events management or many roles requiring communication and a creative outlook. 

Enrichment and additional costs

You will be given many opportunities to get involved in workshops within college and regular theatre trips. You should therefore allow £30-£50 per term to put towards these excellent opportunities.

Dance attire (ballet/jazz shoes and dance wear) are required by all dance students.

Entry Requirements

You are required to have five GCSE passes or the equivalent including English. It is advisable that you participate in dance outside College or have GCSE Dance or Performing Arts or Expressive Arts. Students will be required to attend an audition to gain entry to the course.

Dance Students at Big Arts Picnic

Contact the Dance Team

What is this?