A Level
Full-time, Sixth Form Study Programme
Examining Board: AQA

About the course

At Huish you can gain an A Level or an AS qualification in Dance.

The AS qualification is for students who still wish to study for a qualification in Dance but have selected three other A Level or vocational subjects as the core of their Study Programme. The course is completed in one year and can not be continued through to an A Level at Huish.

The linear A Level Dance course offered at Huish can be selected as one of three core subjects that make up your Study Programme. There are three key areas to the course; Performance, Choreography and Appreciation of Dance, and these areas form the structure of lessons each week. The approach to teaching all the aspects of the course is holistic so that where possible there is an overlap between all lessons in order to further student’s knowledge and understanding of Dance and the world around it.

Students are encouraged to be individuals and aim to develop their skills from wherever they start from. They are also encouraged to watch as much live performance as possible during the year and are expected to take part in a number of workshops to support their performance and choreography work.

In performance lessons we study a variety of different contemporary techniques in order to develop and improve technical and expressive skills. It also allows the opportunity to gain historical and cultural knowledge and understanding of how dance has progressed and why, which in turn supports work in appreciation lessons. Performance lessons also include the opportunity to create and perform solo, duo and group pieces which also links to and supports the choreography and appreciation lessons.

In choreography lessons we learn the ‘tools’ required to create imaginative choreography in response to a variety of stimuli. We explore solo, duo, trio, quartet and quintet work in order to give students the opportunity to fully explore choreographic ideas as well as learning how to lead and manage other dancers, and to organise and keep to a rehearsal schedule.

In appreciation lessons our focus is on two specific historical eras and within those we study a variety of professional choreographers and their works. Students learn how to analyse those works so that they can explain how what they see through the choreography and movement content, use of dancers and physical setting, and can hear through the aural setting, communicates the subject matter. This analytical understanding of how things work together and why is then useful in their choreographic work. During these lessons students also get the opportunity to learn repertory from all of the works studied which aids their analysis and supports their performance work. 

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A level Dance student
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Sweet Charity Performance

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Dance Students workshop

Dance Students workshop

To do this course you need the following:

  • Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English Language

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College facilities

Redwood Dance and Drama Studios

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Case study

Sport Enrichment - Casey Williams

Sport Enrichment - Casey Williams

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