A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years


Course Content:

At Alton College on the Dance A-Level you will study:

  • Group choreography; learning how to effectively express a poem, quote, painting, sculpture or concept through dance.
  • Solo performance; a technical solo based on genuine professional repertoire. This might be ballet, tap, jazz or contemporary and must reflect a particular choreographer’s style from a choice of twenty six.
  • Performance in a quartet; confidently connecting with both the audience and other dancers. 
  • Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002; the UK’s leading contemporary dance company. An exciting, sometimes experimental company.
  • American Jazz Dance 1940-75; dance in movie musicals and on Broadway including works such as West Side Story and Sweet Charity. Think isolation, strong musicality and expressing a character.
  • 'Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce. A contemporary style dance performed to the music of The Rolling Stones; exploring dating rituals and the era of the swinging sixties.
  • ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ by Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly; containing jazz and tap dances, not forgetting that iconic scene where Kelly dances and splashes in puddles!


50% written exam, 50% practical exam.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons activities are varied, from practical technique classes to choreography workshops to written analysis tasks.
We also organise a huge range of trips to theatres, visiting workshops, alongside many opportunities to perform at College.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. 

The course is designed for students from a Dance background. Either a GCSE in Dance or Dance experience from a private dance school (RAD, ISTD, IDTA exams) is essential.

Course costs:

Trips from £20 each

Dance works well with:

Physical Education
English Language and Literature