A Level



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 such as Graham, Cunningham & Release (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.

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, Laines Theatre Arts and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

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 Mathematics and English, plus previous experience in ballet and/or modern or contemporary is strongly advised.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Year 1:            

  • Solo Choreography & Performance in a Duo/Trio: 50%
  • Written Examination: 50%

Area of study: Rambert Dance Company and Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain from 2000.

Year 2:

  • Group Choreography, Solo Performance & Group Performance: 50%
  • Written Examination: 50%

Set work: Rooster by Christopher Bruce and Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Financial Implications

You will be asked for a payment of £120 at the start of each year which covers visits to professional performances, including any travel costs, and also professional workshops. The cost of each trip/workshop will be specified in a letter given to the students prior to each activity. Included in the one-off payment is a contribution towards the costs of hand-outs and other resources, at the start of the course.

The college has a Student Support Fund for those who have financial difficulties, so please do not allow any worries in this area to prevent you from embarking on this course.