Higher Dance (Course Code: C818 76)

SCQF Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Dance?

Dance allows you to express yourself in a creative and practical way. It's fun, physical and very demanding! It can improve your fitness, self-esteem and confidence, as well as introducing you to a wide range of different dance styles.

It will appeal to you if you love dancing, telling stories or expressing emotions using rhythm and movement. It also helps if you are determined and energetic with plenty of stamina.

Dance helps you to develop important skills such as: communication, planning, critical thinking, teamwork and self-management.

These skills are valuable in a wide range of careers, including: choreography, community dance work, dance performance (from ballet to salsa), health and fitness instruction, dance teaching and dance movement therapy.

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What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college. You would normally be expected to have:

What will I study?

You will develop technical and choreographic skills, and learn to analyse the work of dance practitioners and how to use this knowledge to inform and influence your own creative thinking and performance.

The course consists of two areas of study.


You will:

Technical skills

You will:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has three components totalling 180 marks:

For the practical activity component, you will be asked to produce a piece of group choreography and evaluate the process.

For the performance component, you will perform a tutor choreographed solo performance in two contrasting dance styles, where you will be assessed on the application of technique and performance skills.

The practical components are set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and assessed by both an SQA visiting assessor and SQA centre assessor collaboratively.

The performance component is set by centres within SQA guidelines and assessed by an SQA visiting assessor.

The question papers will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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What can I go on to next?

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