Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:2 Years


A strong commitment and technique in dance is essential for this course and you will need to have prior experience in ballet, modern or contemporary.

Course Content

If you are passionate about pursuing dance and want to broaden your knowledge and understanding of this subject then studying Dance at Peter Symonds may be the right choice for you.

The study of any subject at A level can be a big jump from GCSE, before you choose this subject you should familiarise yourself with the topics you will study and the way in which they are tackled.

You will study:

  • Contemporary dance techniques (plus some Ballet and Jazz)
  • Choreography
  • Dance analysis
  • Dance history

Methods of Teaching

Lessons will be a combination of practical dance classes and interactive theory lessons.

You will learn repertoire from professional dance works, participate in workshops with professionals and see many live performances at theatres such as Sadler’s Wells, the Royal Opera House and Pineapple Studios.

You will learn the choreographic skills needed to create your own choreography and the performance skills needed to project your ideas effectively to an audience. There will be opportunities to perform in shows including the Symonds Dance Show and we have in the past performed at the Theatre Royal, Winchester and The Royal Ballet School.

2017 A Level Dance Results      

A* - B 91%

A* - C 100%

91% of students achieved at least one grade higher than their Minimum Expected Grade

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Year 1            

Solo Choreography & Performance in a Duo/Trio - - 50%

Written Exam - 50%

Area of study – Rambert Dance Company and Independant Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain from 2000.

Year 2

Group Choreography, Solo Performance & Group Performance - 50%

Written Exam - 50%

Set Work – Rooster by Christopher Bruce and Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Financial Implications

You will be asked to opt into trips at the start of the course and these will be subsidised. The cost of workshops will be £100 each year. The college does have a Student Support Fund for those who require financial assistance, so please do not allow financial worries to prevent you from embarking on this course.

Where Could It Take Me?

Our former students are currently training in Dance at:

Performers, London Studio Centre, Chichester University, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Roehampton University,

Others are at university studying Occupational Therapy, Primary Teaching, Psychology and Geology

Students say that the skills they learn in this course are transferable to many other areas.

A Level Dance is recognised as a suitable A level by the major selecting universities.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English, plus, previous experience in ballet and/or modern or contemporary is strongly advised.

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