Subject Leader: Miss C Kelly

What are the aims of the course?
Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.  The aim of this mostly practical GCSE is to give students the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of a range of dance styles and to develop aesthetic and artistic sensibility to dance works.  It also aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to perform, choreograph and appreciate dance including an awareness of its artistic contexts.  It also helps to develop life-skills and attributes which include decision making, critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and the ability to co-operate with others.

Course content and assessment:
Component 1:   Performance and Choreography

What's assessed:

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


  • Solo or group choreography – a solo or a group dance for two to five dancers

How it’s assessed:

Internally marked and externally moderated
Performance:    30% of GCSE
Choreography:  30% of GCSE

Component 2:   Dance appreciation

What's assessed:

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

How it's assessed:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes - 40% of GCSE

Dance Curriculum Overview Year 10

Dance Curriculum Overview Year 11

Dance Curriculum Map

Are there any special requirements?
Students will be expected to visit the theatre to see professional dance works as many times as possible, which will be arranged as part of the course.  An involvement in a school production is encouraged but is not compulsory.

Further study
Students can access various courses related to dance, these include A Level Dance or Performance Studies, BTEC Nationals in Dance and Performing Arts or a Community Dance Leader Award.

Careers in Dance include:
Teaching dance in education, community dance work, youth dance and freelance work, performing and choreographing in various sectors, a dance administrator within a dance company, Arts Centre, Arts Council or Education Authority.  Other careers include health practitioner, dance movement therapist, critic or journalist, researcher, notator and set or costume designer.