Why should I study Dance?

Dance is a challenging yet extremely rewarding subject, designed to prepare students for the exciting industry of Performing Arts. Throughout the course, students will be exposed to a variety of different dance styles including contemporary, ballet, jazz, modern, musical theatre and street. Delivered mainly through practical work, this energetic new course is designed to mould students into competent technicians, performers and choreographers, allowing them to experiment with their own ideas and dance styles. Performance opportunities will be frequent during the two years, giving students many opportunities to showcase their development and skills.


Led by professional choreographer and dancer Ella Daley, this course is designed for students wanting to study dance in higher education and those who enjoy dancing.


What will I study?

AS Units

Unit 1 – Investigating performing arts organisations – Coursework

  • Types of arts organisations and the range of ‘products’ produced
  • Job roles within performing arts organisations
  • Investigating a specific role within an organisation


Unit 2 – Professional practice: skills development – Coursework

  • Production of a plan for skills development
  • Identification and rehearsal of appropriate technical operations or pieces from existing repertoire
  • Participation in the presentation of a performance to an audience


Unit 3 – Professional practice: performance – Coursework and performance

  • Selection and preparation of appropriate material for an audience
  • Development and application of skills for performance
  • Preparation for performance
  • Performance in a production
  • Safe working practices


A2 Units

Unit 4 – Getting work – Coursework

  • Effective self-promotion
  • Attitudes and survival skills
  • Management of practical resources


Unit 5 – Exploring repertoire – Coursework and performance

  • Researching stylistic conventions
  • Interpretation of repertoire
  • The production process


Unit 6 – Producing a showcase – Coursework and performance

  • Selection and preparation of material
  • Development of performance skills
  • Presentation of work
  • Application of the creative process
    • Good dance ability and movement range
    • Good communication skills
    • The ability to work individually as well as in groups
    • The ability to discuss and share ideas
    • The ability to work hard under pressure, working towards deadlines

What are the entry requirements?

Normal College entry requirements apply plus a GCSE Dance grade C or BTEC Performing Arts (Merit) qualification desirable.


What skills do I need?


How will I be taught?

  • Practical sessions
  • Classroom sessions
  • Workshops
  • Master classes
  • Tutorials


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through assignments such as portfolios and skill development plans as well as through practical sessions and performances.


During performance units, students will be expected to rehearse in groups outside lesson time.


What will this course prepare me for?

  • Further dance study
  • Getting work within the industry
  • Dance teaching
  • Community work


Private Study

As an approximate guideline AS subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; A2 subjects require four to five hours each.


What materials will I need to purchase?

  • Black standard leotard
  • Ballet tights (pink or black)
  • Ballet shoes (pink or black)
  • Comfortable dance clothes i.e. joggers, vest tops and hoodies
  • Black footless tights
  • Jazz shoes/trainers (optional)


Examining Board: OCR


Dance is for you if: you’re energetic, creative and disciplined.

Dance is not for you if: you’re shy when performing or physically unfit.