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 Click on the image above to find out more about studying dance at A level.

Exam board: AQA

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul” - Martha Graham 

Advanced Level - Innovations School of Dance 

Who is it for? 

Anyone who is interested in dance, the arts and theatre and would like to broaden their knowledge. 

People hoping to go into the theatre, teaching or dance as a profession. 

People who would like a creative contrast to a scientific or mathematical course of study. 

Anyone. It is counted as a university entrance requirement for most courses. 

Entry Requirements 

In addition to the general entrance requirements, the department specifically requires grade 4 in dance (or relevant experience outside of school). 

Course content 

Technique, performance, choreography and analysis of a variety of dances and dance styles. 

Weekly Commitment 

Approximately five hours class work time, two hours extra rehearsal time and three hours homework. 


Modular examinations will be taken in the summer term of the second year and will include: 

Component 1: Performance and Choreography (Practical Examination) 

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

Component 2: Critical Engagement (Written Examination) 

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works within a corresponding area of study 

Additional Costs 

Visits to the theatre to see live dance. Workshops from dance professionals (cost approximately £100 over each academic year) 


Female: Compulsory: black leotard, black footless dance leggings/tights. Optional: To wear as layers over the top: black dance trousers, a top of your own choice 

Male: Compulsory: black dance leggings OR black dance/jazz trousers, black fitted tank/vest top 

Optional: To wear as layers over the top: a top of your own choice

Career Prospects 

Dance is not only a subject for potential performers, choreographers or teachers. The analytical nature of dance theory, the problem solving inherent in choreography, the ability to communicate and the importance of self-presentation are fundamental in succeeding in today’s work place. 

For further information, contact: 

Mrs C Wosahlo