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Dance - GCSE


[Exam Board: AQA]

GCSE Dance is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting in September 2016.

This course is aimed at students who have an interest in Dance, who want to learn more about the subject and who are committed and hardworking. Performing and choreography play an important role in the course and there is also the opportunity to study other styles and genres of dance. The critical appreciation of dance is also central to developing students understanding of different styles and cultural influences.

What content is covered?


Component 1: Performance and choreography


Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately 1 minute in duration)

Duet/trio performance (3½ minutes in duration)


Solo or group choreography: solo (2 - 2 ½ minutes) or group dance for 2 - 5 dancers (3 - 3½ minutes)


Component 2: Dance appreciation

Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

Critical appreciation of own work

Critical appreciation of professional works


How will I be assessed?


Component 1 Internally marked and externally moderated

Performance      30% of GCSE

                           40 marks (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)


Choreography    30% of GCSE     40 marks

Total component 60%. Non-exam assessment marked by the centre and moderated by AQA


Component 2: Dance appreciation

40% of GCSE         Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes         80 marks


Questions: Based on students own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.


Department Marking Policy

To view the department marking policies for Dance at Key Stage 4 and 5 please click on the links below:

   Key Stage 4 Marking Policy
   Key Stage 5 Marking Policy


Curriculum Maps
For more information on what is taught in Year 10 and 11 together with the termly assessment, please click on the links below:
   Year 10 Curriculum Map
   Year 11 Curriculum Map

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