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Examination Board:  AQA

Core content

  1. Performance
  2. Choreography
  3. Dance appreciation

Assessments

Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed

Performance

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

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 halfminutes)

How it's assessed

Internally marked and externally moderated

Performance
  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Choreography

  • 30% of GCSE
  • 40 marks

Total component 60%

Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

 

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

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

Questions

Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

Where does it lead?

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.

This specification recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, they can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.

The study of the anthology of professional works will develop their ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.