The A-level specification requires students to develop, demonstrate and articulate practical and theoretical knowledge, understanding and experience of:

  • Technical and performance skills
  • The process and art of choreography
  • The interrelationship between the creation, the presentation and the viewing/appreciation of dance works
  • The development of dance placed within an artistic and cultural context
  • Professional dance works and the significance of these works
  • Subject specific terminology and its use

About the course

Course Introduction

A-level Dance aims to cultivate creativity in students by allowing individual enquiry within the areas of performance, choreography and critical engagement with professional repertoire through both practical and written responses. Areas of study provide students with the opportunity to investigate the key changes in the development of dance linked to a genre(s) and allows students to demonstrate contextual understanding through written communication and performance.

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who wish to continue studying Dance at a higher level with at least a grade C at GCSE level or level 2 Pass in BTEC Performing Arts (Dance).

Preferable Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade C in Dance or a Level 2 Pass in BTEC Performing Arts (Dance).

Why Study?

You will:

Develop and build on skills learned at GCSE or Level 2 BTEC

  • Improve your performance skills
  • Achieve a sound basis for further study after post 16
  • Gain an insight into performance, choreography and critically engage with dance, understanding the interrelationship between the creation, presentation and viewing/appreciation of dance.
  • Widen your employment prospects and learn about professional development in the performing arts industry

Progression Opportunities

The course will enable you to use your skills and qualifications to access career opportunities within the performing arts industry including; performer, choreographer and teaching to name a few. It will also develop particular strengths, skills and interests which will encourage life-long learning, equip students for study in higher education.

Why Grace Academy?

The course will give you the opportunity to work in the area you have chosen to study. Your team of teachers will be able to offer their knowledge and experience on specialist areas of the course.

A Level Dance includes

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What’s assessed

  • Solo performance linked to a specific practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

How it’s assessed

  • Practical exam
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Component 2: Critical engagement

What’s assessed

  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of a compulsory set work and its location within a corresponding area of study.
  • Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of one optional set work and its location within a corresponding area of study.

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level


Two sections:

  • Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.
  • Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful. You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve. We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.