Key Stage 5

At Arden Sixth form we follow AQA AS and A-level specification. This specification provides candidates with the opportunity to acquire experience of performance and choreography and to engage in critical thinking about dance. The content allows candidates 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.

For the Advanced Subsidiary award the focus is on:

  • Solo choreography
  • Performance of own choreography
  • Performance within a duo/trio
  • Training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • Analysis of choreography and performance within professional repertoire.

For the Advanced Level award candidates have the opportunity to develop skills and extend and apply knowledge gained at Advanced Subsidiary level.

The focus is on:

  • Group choreography
  • Knowledge and understanding of a specific area of study related to the development of one of the following: modern dance, ballet, jazz dance
  • Performance skills related to one of the specific areas of study or to a choreographer of one of the set works
  • Training, technique, health and safety of the dancer
  • The analytical study of one set work and its cultural and artistic context.

Unit code


Assessment Method

Time of Assessment

DANC1- Unit 1

Understanding Dance

40% of AS

20% of A-level

External written exam. 1 hour 30 minutes examination

60 marks

Two sections: A - structured questions (20 marks)

B - two essay questions (40 marks)

May/June Year 12

DANC2 - Unit Choreography and Performance

60% of AS

30% of A-Level

Practical coursework - internally assessed, externally moderated

90 marks

Two sections: A - solo choreography and performance (60 marks)

B - performance in a duo/trio (30 marks)

March Year 12

DANC3- unit 3

Dance Appreciation: Content and Context

25% of A-level

Written exam- externally assessed. 1 hour 30 minutes examination 80 marks

Two sections: A - one question on chosen area of study (40 marks)

B - one question on set work studied (40 marks)

June Year 13

Unit 4 - DANC4

Group Choreography and Solo Performance

25% of A-level

Practical examination - externally assessed

75 marks

Two sections: A - group choreography (45 marks)

B - solo performance (30 marks)

March Year 13