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A-Level Dance: Teaching the Optional Set Work and Area of Study 4

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This course focuses on the Optional Set Work 4: Sutra (Sidi Larbi Cherkaou, 2008) and the Optional Area of Stdu 4: The Independent Contemporary Dance scene in Britain 2000 – current The course  is designed to provide teachers with the skills to teach confidently and accurately those aspects of the set work and are of study  that are of relevance to the types of question found in the examination. Teachers will take away a range of teaching approaches for teaching this option as well as in-depth insight into what examiners will be looking for in student responses in this option.


  • Gain a sound, clear analytical overview and contextual perspective of the set work and the area of study 4
  • Review the different demands of the types of questions
  • Explore the set work in terms of the use of context and background, ways to improve the quality of the detail
  • Explore the area of study, gain teaching ideas and approaches
  • Take away approaches that excite students, cultivate a deeper dance appreciation and raise grades in exams
  • Develop your understanding of the assessment methods on component 2, and build confidence in your ability to accurately assess student work

Optional Area of Study 4: The set work and area of study in context

10.00 – 10.20am
  • Putting the emergence of several generations of successful practitioners working in Britain in context.
  • Putting Sutra in context: helping students give good essay responses through full understanding
  • Key messages and charactieristic features that students must know and understand about the independent Dance Scene in Britain for exam success
  • Key features likely to come up in the questions

Teaching  The  Independent Contemporary Dance Scene in Britain 2000 – current

10.20 – 11.15am
  • Understanding the teaching and assessment requirements from the specification
  • Ways to choose the optional named practitioners and optional works that you cover to maximise student success
  • Developing an understanding of context to the Independent Contemporary Dance Scene
  • How to build student understanding between the contextual background of the practitioner and the area of study.
  • Teaching ideas to engage and excite students, whilst also developing A*-B skills and knowledge


11.15 – 11.30am

Compulsory Set Work of Sutra (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, 2008)

11.30 – 12.30pm
  • Understanding the teaching and assessment requirements from the specification
  • Introducing the set study to your students through context and background
  • Guided structure and resources for students to complete sectional analysis
  • How to improve the quality and detail in students description of examples
  • The context of the work in relation to a Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui fact file
  • Teaching and revision resource ideas to engage and excite students, and to improve student retention and understanding


12.30 – 1.30pm

Preparing for the Exam Questions Technique and Marking

1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Questions on Sutra – the different types of essay questions, question types and preparing your students
  • The structure and length of student responses and common student pitfalls
  • Question on the Area of Study – the different types of essay questions, question types and preparing your students
  • Progressive teaching practice methods to teach the 25 mark essay response
  • The mark schemes and how to accurately assess student responses

Afternoon Break

2.30 – 2.40pm

Strategies to maximise A*-B rates in the Optional Set Works and Areas of Study Questions

2.40 – 3.30pm
  • Considering top band essays – examples and discussion
  • Planning effective revision sessions and exploring revision techniques
  • Reviewing the common question types in Component 2
  • Practising essay writing – techniques and strategies

Networking, Questions and Depart

3.45 – 4.00pm


London | Thursday 08 December 2022

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Toni Knight has been teaching at a highly successful 6th Form College for 7 years, covering A-level Dance, BTEC Dance, A-level PE and BTEC Sport. For 4years, she has held the position of Head of PE, Sport and Dance, and led the department to gaining ‘National Teaching Team of the Year’ in Oct. 2019 at the Pearson National Teaching Awards hosted on the BBC. On taking on the leadership of the Dance provision, it has not only grown in size with the cohort being one of the largest in the country for A-level, but most notably the course attainment has drastically improved under her leadership; highlighted in 2019 by a 100% A*-B rate and a high ALPs grade 2 on A-level Dance with students from very mixed background. Toni has experience of examining in both Dance and PE, and has worked with several exam boards over the years.


  • Heads of Dance
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Dance
  • NQTs would also benefit from this course


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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