Why Study Dance?

This course offers you the chance to develop your skills in choreography, performance and analysis. Energy and commitment are the main requirements for this physically and mentally demanding course.

Technical classes focus on contemporary dance genres. Workshops in many other styles, which relate to specific areas of study, are also learnt and these can range from ballet to kathak.

The compulsory area of study is Rambert Dance Company and we choose an optional area of study from The Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain and American Jazz Dance.

We follow the AQA A Level Dance specification. The course is linear and assessment of the course is in the final year through a practical exam and written exam.

Why Study Dance at Worcester Sixth Form College?

  • You will benefit from a large well-equipped dance studio and an extensive range of subject resources. Classes are small to allow for tailored individual feedback on choreography, performance and analysis. Students who study Dance are timetabled so that they share rehearsal times and can participate in the College Production and other performances.
  • Close links with Dancefest, the dance agency for Worcestershire and Herefordshire: the chance to perform at Dancefest events including ‘Worcestershire Dancing’ each summer.
  • Workshops with universities and visiting professionals.
  • Trips and visits (recently these have included the University of Falmouth, Bristol Hippodrome and Birmingham Hippodrome).
  • Participation in the Performing Arts Academy.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Dance at degree level, focusing on performance, choreography or analysis. Recently students have gone on to train at Dance conservertoires such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London Studio Centre and Trinity Laban. Others have progressed to university to study a diverse range of subjects. Each year some students seek employment in the industry. However, many prefer to look on their Dance A Level as having been an enjoyable way to gain a qualification which has also provided them with transferable skills for other employment/careers such as team work, problem solving, management and motivation of others, communication and expression.


Zach Savage

Dance - The Stourport High School & Sixth Form Centre
I chose to study A Level Dance at Worcester Sixth Form College because I have always had a huge passion for performing arts and theatre. This course has enabled me to strengthen my pre-existing skills and better my technical abilities, as well as allow me to choreograph my own dance works to showcase my creative ideas. Theory work on the course has made me more knowledgeable of the history of dance, I thoroughly enjoyed that we could tailor our learning to our preferred style of dance and practically explore this as well. I plan to take a gap year to gain more experience and training, before applying to study performing arts at a conservatoire next year.
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Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Dance4GCSE Dance at grade 4 or above or equivalent level of experience.Commitment to rehearsal and good attendanceOptional visits/ workshops approx £30. Participation in timetabled rehearsals and on Wednesday afternoons.

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