Develop your skills in performing, choreography and appreciation: our dance curriculum includes classes in contemporary, jazz and ballet technique, composition, dance studio practice, and the analysis and evaluation of professional dance works. Dance complements courses within the performing arts as well as sports and life science.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop performance skills, both as a soloist and in a group

You will develop choreography skills , creating your own material in response to a stimulus and developing material through the knowledge and application of choreographic processes.

You will develop evaluative skills and an appreciation of Dance as an art form

You will develop group skills and communication skills.

You will develop research skills through looking at the work of key dance practitioners, their style and contribution to the dance canon, studying one of their key works in depth

What topics will I study?

Component 1 - Examination: Performance and Choreography (Practical Examination - 50%)

  • Section A: Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner of choice
  • Section B: Performance in a quartet
  • Section C: Group choreography for 3-5 dancers

Component 2 - Examination: Critical Engagement (2 hours, 30 minutes - 50%)

  • Section A: Set work - Rooster (Bruce, 1991); Area of study - Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002
  • Section B: Set work - Singin' in the Rain (Donen & Kelly, 1952); Area of study - American Jazz Dance 1940-1975

Where does the course lead?

The course can lead to a range of degree courses, including Dance and Performing Arts. For those exceptional performers it could lead to the study of Dance or Musical Theatre at a vocational School.

Exam Board


Head of Department

Claire Nevers

Entry Requirements

Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Grade 4 in English, and previous dance training is desirable.

Assessment Breakdown

Examination = 100% (50% Practical, 50% Written)