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

GCSE Dance

Curriculum Intent

At Windsor Academy Trust we aim to ensure that students can perform, choreograph and critically appreciate the work of professional dance practitioners and their own work.

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

Useful Website

Key Stage 4 Dance Curriculum Plan

GCSE Dance - Subject Course Overview