Curriculum
GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance

On the GCSE Dance course students will study:

  1. Performance
  2. Choreography
  3. Dance appreciation

Assessment is divided into 2 components:

Component 1: Performance and choreography

Performance

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three minutes in a dance which is a maximum of five minutes in duration)

The performance element of the course is worth 40 marks and forms 30% of the GCSE. It is internally marked and externally moderated.

Choreography

Solo or group choreography – 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)

The choreography element of the course is worth 40 marks and forms 30% of the GCSE. It is internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

Students are assessed on their:

  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills
  • Critical appreciation of own work

Critical appreciation of professional works

The assessment is in the form of a written exam which is worth 80 marks and forms 40% of the GCSE.

Personal qualities required:

Students opting to take dance must be prepared to perform both individually and within a group. Students must also be prepared to perform in front of an audience and in a variety of different dance styles. Although the course involves a lot of practical work there are also written elements to the course.