Dance

Key Stage 4

What is GCSE Dance about?

Dance is both exhilarating and liberating to watch or do. The instinct to dance is fundamentally joyous and no matter how hard you try you can’t get away from that for long! Dance uses movement symbolically as a form of human expression. GCSE Dance is both physical and expressive; it promotes fitness and well-being. Students will enjoy GCSE Dance if they want to study a subject that is both practical and creative, and if they enjoy working individually and as part of a team.

 What will students learn and how is this assessed? 

Component 1: Performance and Choreography
What is assessed?

Performance

  • Students choose two out of four set phrases to present for solo assessment (approximately one minute in duration)

  • Students use the remaining two set phrases to develop a duet or a trio group performance (approximately three and a half minutes in duration)

Choreography

  • Students choose one task from a list set by AQA and choreograph either a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes).

How it is assessed
  • Internally marked and externally moderated.

Performance

  • 30% of GCSE

  • 40 Marks – 15 marks for set phrase solo performance and 25 marks for duet/trio performance

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE

  • 40 Marks

Total component: 60%

 Component 2: Dance appreciation
What is assessed?
  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

  • Critical appreciation of own work

  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How it is assessed
  • 40% of GCSE

  • Written exam: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

  • 80 marks

Questions

Based on the students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the AQA Dance anthology.


How will students be taught?

Students will be taught by a mixture of whole-class teaching, practical dance exercises, practical performances and written work. Workshops are provided and led by current practitioners and students also get the chance to talk to dancers and choreographers in pre and post-performance talks during dance visits. Use of lighting, sound, digital camera and video recording equipment are all common practice within the Dance department.

 

Examination board & course type

AQA - GCSE

 

What can studying this subject lead to?

There are many things students can go on and do with a GCSE in Dance. The course provides students with a range of skills to progress further in their education. These skills include developing a creative and confident mind, teamwork skills that allow them to work closely with others and perform under pressure, and skills that enhance an appreciation of art and culture where critique and analysis are used to develop questions and justify thoughts.

Students could go on to take an A level in Dance or Performance Studies, or a vocational course in Performing Arts or a BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Performing Arts. This qualification, if further studied, can also provide employment opportunities in such careers as an entertainer or a dancer.

 

Subject Specific Guide

A subject specific guide featuring key content, recommended resources and the specifications we cover in that particular subject can be downloaded below:

 

Teacher to contact for further information

Miss H L Patrick