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  • GCSEs to include a Grade 4 in English
  • Highly active, physical course
  • You will need some previous dance experience but you do not need to have passed Ballet or other exams
  • A strong commitment to rehearsals at lunchtime and after College rehearsals is essential
  • Predominantly contemporary dance techniques, with some jazz elements
  • Assessment is 50% through practical performance and 50% through written exam.

Course summary

A Level Dance is an exciting, challenging course that explores theory through the practical application of knowledge. It is totally different from any private dance tuition you may have experienced and celebrates many different styles, from ballet to jazz.

Everyone brings something different to the course and you will grow in confidence as you actively develop your own choreographic voice within a collaborative, supportive environment.

Your studies will include:

  • Regular practical technique classes focusing mainly on contemporary dance technique and Jazz
  • Performance skills for the dancer
  • Choreography
  • Dance history and its context
  • Safe studio practice/alignment/a healthy approach to training, including the lifestyle of the dancer
  • Critical engagement within your own work and analysis and appreciation of Dance as an art form.

As with other Performing Arts subjects, the dedication, motivation, teamwork, confidence and organisational skills that underpin success will add genuine value to any university, apprenticeship or employment application.



Megan Vernon

“I am hoping to study history at University after College; coming to Barton has really helped me make this decision. After I left Secondary School I had no idea what I wanted to do in the future, but there have been so many opportunities to find out more about universities and other future options.”

Read more about Megan and some of our other students.