Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Dance preferred and Grade 6 in GCSE English (special conditions considered).

Reasons to study A Level Dance


There is a strong Academic prowess required for the theoretical component of the course which requires analysis, interpretative and reflective practise, linking dance to the socio-political and cultural context of the defined areas of study.

The subject allows students to think critically about dance as an art form and deepens their knowledge and understanding of the historical, artistic and anthropological standpoint of dance in the 21st century.

We emphasise a focus on developing contemporary and jazz- based techniques and encourage creativity to enable students to find their own artistic voices through choreography and performance. Dance allows students to maintain physical and mental wellbeing and teaches the importance of leading a healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyle. The course prepares them for the intensity of study seen within higher education institutions and also offers a stepping stone to a career within industry. In addition, through the very nature of the subject; vital skills are developed beyond the curriculum which promotes the ethos of educating the whole young person.

Course Outline


Component 1 Performance and Choreography

Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner
from an area of study e.g. Rambert or American Jazz, performance in a quartet and group choreography

Component 2 Critical Engagement

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation
of two set works within a corresponding area of study.
In-depth contextual studies in relation to the historical roots and development of different companies and practitioners from alternative genres.

Classwork will include

Practical lessons to develop your fitness, technique and performance skills. You will also choreograph work on a range of stimuli and work towards given deadlines.

You will learn the process of dance analysis, and this will require additional research, as well as wider reading activities.

You will learn to contextualise your understanding of dance in the wider world through the planning and participation of essay writing tasks.

Assessment Outline


Performance and Choreography (01):
80 marks non-examination assessment (NEA)
(marked by an external assessor from AQA during a visit to our centre)

Critical Engagement (02):
100 marks written exam (2 hours 30 minutes)

Component 01: Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study, performance in a quartet, group choreography and a practical exam.
This is worth 50% of the A Level

Component 02: Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works. One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study.
One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.
This is worth 50% of the A Level

Progression Routes and Career Paths


Careers in dance can take place in all kinds of settings, hospitals and art centres, backstage, in schools and community centres and even in offices.

In fact of the estimated 30,000 people employed in the dance sector, only 2,500 are performers! 22,500 go into teaching careers and the remaining 5,000 are employed in a variety of ‘support’ careers such as management, therapy and notation.

  • Professional Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Teacher
  • Dance Instructor
  • Dance Therapist
  • Dance Studio Owner
  • Dance Critic
  • Arts Administrator
  • Dance Fitness Instructor
  • Event Choreographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Producer
  • Physical Therapist
  • Dance Photographer
  • Dance Notator

The Romero’s Dance Department


Dance at Romero’s has an exceptional track record of results at GCSE.

Lessons are engaging and exciting and challenge students physically and cognitively.

Staff are experienced and specialists within their field relating directly to the areas of study.

Inspiring trips, visits and professional workshops with industry professionals.

A variety of in-house and community-based performance opportunities

Develop leadership skills through the role of Dance Ambassadors.

The potential to join the Romero’s Dance Company team of elite dancers.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Dance course please contact:

Miss P Standing – Subject Leader for Dance [email protected]