GCSE Dance2018-04-06T11:08:10+00:00

GCSE Dance

AQA Dance

The Course

GCSE Dance is an exciting course, which focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the processes of performance, choreography and critical appreciation.

This two-year GCSE Dance course will suit students who are committed to broadening their dance knowledge, both practically and theoretically. It is delivered through lessons divided into the following areas of study:





Students are required to complete two components:

Component 1: Performance and Choreography – 60% of GCSE, 80 marks

  • Performance – Set Phrases through a solo performance (approx 1 min) 15 marks.
  • Performance – Duet/Trio performance (3 ½ mins in length) 25 marks.
  • Choreography – Solo or Group Choreography. Solo (2-2 ½ mins), Group (3-3 ½ mins) 40 marks.

Component 2: Dance Appreciation – 40% of GCSE, 80 marks.

  • Written Exam: 1hr 30 mins covering knowledge of own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance Anthology.

Work-Related Learning

  • You will work with and study professional dancers and choreographers.
  • You will study possible careers related to the performing arts.
  • You will have the opportunity to watch professional dance performances in London and surrounding areas.
  • You will have the opportunity to perform in school based shows and local dance platforms.

Why Study Dance?

Progression routes: GCSE Dance provides a route to A Level Dance in school, performing arts or PE as well as vocational or professional training and community activities. It also is favourable for courses and vocations that require collaborative, creative and presenting skills as part of the common assessment or working practises. Outside of performing and teaching; students that have studied dance go on to careers in a variety of fields including business, management, movement therapy and project/education departments for dance and performing arts companies.