Oldham Sixth Form College


Dance (A Level)

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The College offers a unique opportunity to be involved in an annual Musical Theatre production as part of the Enrichment Project. Last year,I played the lead role of Roxie Hart in the musical ‘Chicago’.

Dance (A Level)  

  •  Assessment
  • Year 1 and 2
    50% Written Exam; 50% Practical Exam
  • Exam board
  • Specific entry requirements
    You will be invited to a taster session in June/July to assess your suitability for the Dance course.


What Will You Learn?

If you’re passionate about Dance and enjoy expressing yourself through creative and imaginative choreography, then A Level Dance at OSFC is for you. You’ll have the opportunity to perform regularly in lessons and college shows, produce your own choreographies and learn to work together with other performers. You’ll also improve your knowledge and understanding of contemporary and jazz dance by studying the work of professional companies and choreographers.

Entry onto the A Level course requires you to attend a taster session prior to enrolment and previous experience in dance training is desirable.



Component 1: Performance & Choreography

You will choreograph in response to questions set by AQA. You will also perform a solo in the style of a chosen practitioner and a quartet in a contemporary style.

Component 2: Critical Engagement

You will critically examine two key areas of study – Rambert Dance Company 1966-2002 and American Jazz Dance 1940-1975 - concentrating on the work of Christopher Bruce, Richard Alston, Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse and Gene Kelly. 

Special Features

  • Annual theatre trip
  • Dance Showcase
  • Workshops (Rambert, delivered by dance artists in the industry and from past students).
  • Dance enrichment opportunities
  • Annual musical production
  • Technical support
  • Multiple rehearsal spaces


Where Will This Lead?

A Level Dance will prepare you for a career in the arts industry. Students have furthered their studies at Urdang Academy, The Hammond School, LMA, Bird College, Shockout Arts, Centre Pointe, Salford University, Middlesex University and Edge Hill. There is also a strong record of progression onto foundation courses at Dance Conservatoires, such as Northern Contemporary Dance School and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). Former students have launched careers as performers, teachers, dance movement therapists, arts journalists, arts administrators & sport development leaders.