Course Title AS/A Level Dance
Level: 3
Code MS039

Overview of the Course

This course is an exciting exploration of dance that will develop your skills and experience in performance and choreography. You will also expand your analysis skills in relation to your own work and professional performances. In your second year, you will build on the skills gained in your first year and you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study, and set works in that field e.g. modern dance, ballet and jazz. Both years involve a written and a practical exam. The Bury College dance department is supportive and creative, with professional tutors that have relevant industry experience.

What are the career opportunities?

Taken with other AS and A Level Study Programmes, successful completion of this qualification will give you access to university to study a range of subjects. You may decide to progress onto a career in dance specialising in this field at a dance college or university. Dance provides you with a range of skills that will help your confidence and employability, whichever field of employment you chose to progress.

What are the entry requirements?

To study three AS Levels or two AS Levels and one Applied Qualification then the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including three subjects or more at or above grade C/5. These will include English and maths.

Should you wish to study four AS Levels the entry requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade C/5 and two subjects or more at or above B/6.

In addition to the above a minimum of 9 grade points are required from maths and English combined.

Experience of dance is essential (preferably GCSE Dance or BTEC Dance at Level 2) plus a successful audition where you will have to perform a solo dance.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The A Level Study Programme is for usually two years, and starts in September of each year.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course is structured with a 50% practical and 50% written element. The class structure will involve a mixture of technique classes, choreography workshops and theory classes on the set areas of study. The genres of dance covered are ballet, modern and jazz dance. There is a written exam and also a practical exam where both solo and group dances are performed and assessed by an external examiner.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will develop a range of transferable skills including communication and numeracy. Technical and choreography skills will be developed through the practical component and the written examined components will develop analytical and evaluative skills. Wider skills such as time-management, independent study, organisation and working to deadlines are an integral part of the course.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement. This will allow you to gain first hand exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop key employability skills and most importantly confirm your career goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Your Study Programme will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression onto employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. Enrichment includes guest speakers and workshops (including former students working in the performance/dance industries) and trips/visits. Previous dance trips have included Move It – Dance Exhibition, Taster workshops from SLP and MADD (specialist performing arts schools) alongside regular theatre trips.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

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