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Course overview

Course Benefits

Course Breakdown


Training staff

How to apply

fees & Funding


Course overview

Course Overview

Gain an extra A Level in Dance in only 2 years !!

In A Level Dance you will study both practically and theoretically whilst gaining knowledge of the history of dance, the work of influential choreographers, how to choreograph a piece and how to create an exciting performance for an audience. The main dance styles you will study are contemporary and American jazz.

Course Benefits

By completing this programme you will be adding extra UCAS points to your name for

university application. Gain in-depth knowledge in to dance and its history.

At Adagio, our A Level studies enable students to be learn leadership and teaching skills,

equipping learners with a range of transferrable and dance specific skills before entering a

higher education or the world of work. 










Course breakdown


  • 2-year course

  • 4 Hours a week: Sunday (12.00-2.00pm) 2 Hour Practical, and Monday (5.00-7.00pm) 2 Hour Theory sessions

  • Homework will be set each Monday and due the following Monday

  • Over Half Terms and Holidays students will complete written mock exams – these will be marked and graded using the 2018/19 and 2021/22 grade boundaries

  • Practical exam will take place March/April 2023 and written exam will take place May/June 2023

​Component 1: Performance (25% of A Level)

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner with an area of study, 2 to 3 minutes. Physical Skills (5 marks), Spatial Elements (4 marks), Dynamic Elements (4 marks), Timing and Musicality (4 marks), Expressive Skills (4 marks), Total 20 marks 

  • Performance within a quartet, 3 to 4 minutes. Dance must have a clear choreographic intention. Physical Skills (5 marks), Spatial Awareness (5 marks), Timing and Musicality (5 marks), Expressive Skills (5 marks), Total 20 marks

  • 150-word programme note for each performance given to examiner


Component 1: Choreography (25% of A Level)

  • Group Choreography, 3 to 4 minutes. Dance must have a clear choreographic intent and link to one of the give AQA A Level Dance Questions. Can be performed in any style. In depth research must be clear within the dance ideas, choreography and programme note. 

  • 3-5 dancers must be used; student is not in the choreography but in charge of its creation. 

  • Selection of Movement (8 marks), Manipulation of Movement (8 marks), Structure (8 marks) Aural and Performance Setting (8 marks), Use of Dancers (8 marks), Total 40 marks

  • 300-word programme note given to examiner 


Component 2: Written Paper/Critical Engagement (50% of A Level)

  • Students will study two areas of study and two professional works. Within the written exam students must demonstrate and in-depth knowledge and understanding of dance through time and location relating to feature and genre: style, technique, influences, key practitioners, professional repertoire, communication of dance ideas, key facts and constituent features. 

  • Area of study one: Rambert Dance Company (formerly Ballet Rambert) 1966-2002. 

  • Professional work one: Rooster, Christopher Bruce 1991

  • Area of study two: American Jazz Dance 1940-1975

  • Professional work two: Singin’ in the Rain, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly 1952

  • Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes, Total 100 marks


What do students need to bring?

  • Pen, pencil, ruler, colouring pencils

  • Large A4 folder

  • Uniform – Leotard (any colour/design) with black cut off tights or black leggings, bare feet 

  • Memory Stick – Will copy all documents (PowerPoints, revision guide and additional resources for the course)

Course questions

Where and when does the course take place?

At Adagio Studios Sunday 12-2pm and Monday 5-7pm

What is the length of the course?

2 years, split into 6 terms.

How much theory will I have to complete?

Theory is 50% of the A Level Course. You will complete theory for 2 hours each Monday. 

What dance styles will I perform in?

During theory sessions you will learn about contemporary and jazz dance styles. The performance piece is a contemporary style and the choreography can be performed in a style of your choice. 

How will I be assessed?

During the 2-year course you will complete a teacher marked assessments to ensure you are on track to meet your target grade. At the end of the course, you will complete both a practical and written exam. All assessments and exams will take place at the Adagio studios.  


How much support do I get when completing the course?

You will have 4 hours of teaching every week and set homework tasks once a week. You will be invited to join a Google Classroom page where you will find all course materials, revision and practice exam questions. All completed work will be marked and in-depth feedback for both the practical and written elements of the course will be given regularly. 

Training staff


Rebecca grace

Rebecca started dancing at the age of 7 taking Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz lessons at Hereford Academy of Dance. She graduated in 2013 from Edge Hill University with a BA(Hons) degree in Dance with Aeiral Performance. Rebecca continued her training by completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated with an 'Outstanding' in 2014. 


Rebecca has taught in a variety of secondary schools in and around London. She is currently Head of Dance and Drama at Wanstead High School. The school offers a dance programme to students in key stages 3, 4 and 5. She continues to work closed with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a school-based tutor for their PGCE programme mentoring teacher trainees. Rebecca is also an AQA GCSE Dance moderator which has helped her to gain an in-depth knowledge of the GCSE and A Level dance examination process. 


Rebecca has been teaching the GCSE programme at Adagio over the last two years, students have achieved outstanding results and she is excited to continue to work with a group of dedicated students.

Fees and funding


The A level programme at Adagio consists of 6 terms over 2 years of study.

Deposit of £100 to reserve your place.

Cost Breakdown:


£480 a term




a one off fee of £2000

(for the 2 years)

We are unable to offer scholarships at this moment in time.


how to apply

application requirements

Achieving a 5+ in GCSE Dance would be beneficial. 

Minimum year 9 in Secondary Education

submit your application

A level Registration

To register for the A Level programme for this coming September, please take the time to fill out the information below.

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Where are the classes?

Classes and examinations will all take at

The Adagio Studios :

661 Rayleigh Road



CM13 1SS

Is there parking?

Yes ! We have a private carpark onsite.

Please get intouch if you have any further questions !

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