Windsor High School and Sixth Form, Richmond Street, Halesowen, B63 4BB
Part of Windsor Academy Trust

GCSE Dance

Course description

Exam Board: AQA

The study of dance as an art form develops students aesthetically and creatively. Dance also supports learning across a range of subjects. As performers, students develop confidence and self-esteem as well as self and body awareness, sensitivity to others and team working skills. Effective performance requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve.


Component 1

Performance 30% (40 marks - 15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance).

  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
  • Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)

Choreography 30% of GCSE (40 marks)

• 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)

Component 2

Dance Appreciation 40% of GCSE

80 marks questions based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology

What’s assessed?

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

How is it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

Key skills

You will develop the following skills:

  • Confidence in performance
  • Determination to develop own skills
  • Self motivation
  • Communication
  • Leadership

Where can it take me?

BTEC National Diploma in Dance at Windsor Sixth Form (three courses available to study including Extended Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma) or A Level Dance at Windsor Sixth Form.

Further information

Please contact: Miss L Harris (Curriculum Leader of Dance)

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