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AS Dance

Course Content

AS Dance provides students with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance. The content allows students to study a subject which can be extended through higher education and promotes a healthy lifestyle through an awareness of the importance of exercise and training.

AS modules

Unit 1: Understanding Dance

Knowledge and understanding of performance and choreography and the ability to recognise the significance of the outcome (own work and professional repertoire) are central to this unit. The subject content of this unit links directly to the practical presentations of Unit 2. The study of professional repertoire underpins the candidate's study of choreographic approaches, processes, form, structure and effective outcomes.

Study focuses on the following three areas:

  • 3.1.1 The dancer as performer: knowledge and understanding of the demands made in practice and performance on the dancer
  • 3.1.2. The process and craft of choreography: own work and that of professional repertoire
  • 3.1.3 The significance of dances: own work and that of professional repertoire

Unit 2: Choreography & Performance

Experience of choreography and performance through practice is central to this unit. The subject content of this unit is clearly linked to the theoretical subject content of Unit 1. It is strongly advised that candidates keep a choreographic journal in order to assist theoretical understanding.

Study will focus on the following three main areas:

  • 3.2.1 The process of solo choreography from investigation and research of ideas through to outcome
  • 3.2.2. The development of physical and interpretative skills in relation to performance of the solo choreography
  • 3.2.3 The development of performance skills within a duo/trio performance context


Solo choreography & Performance: Candidates are required to choreograph and perform a solo dance, between two and three minutes' duration. Candidates should provide a brief programme note of not more than 150 words, to indicate the choreographic intention to the moderator. Questions are set and pre-released by AQA in November preceding the examination, and the candidate selects one for study.

Performance in a duo/trio: Presentation of the duo/trio can be in any dance genre or style but it must enable the candidate to address all of the assessment criteria. The dance should be between three and four minutes in duration and will be performed once, allowing the teacher to assess each duo/trio in one viewing.

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