Why study dance at GCSE?
The study of dance as an art form will contribute to your aesthetic and social development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness, wellbeing and develops your confidence and self-esteem. In performance you will require a high level of effort and a determination to succeed and improve.
As a choreographer you will use the skills of problem solving and creativity. Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesize a number of elements. In directing others you will develop your interpersonal and communication skills. As a critic, you will make informed decisions about the dances you see. Viewing professional dances will broaden your artistic experience. You will receive a very positive experience learning many new skills you can put to good use in all professions.
We currently follow the AQA syllabus. This is broken down in the following ways:
GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.
This specification enables students to:
- increase their confidence and self-esteem
- employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
- make knowledgeable decisions about dances
Assessment Component 1: Performance and Choreography
- Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
- Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
- 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)
How it's assessed - Internally marked and externally moderated
- 30% of GCSE (40 marks)
- (15 marks for set phrases and 25 marks for duet/trio performance)
- 30% of GCSE (40 marks)
- Total component 60% Non-exam assessment (NEA) marked by the centre and moderated by AQA
Component 2: Appreciation
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.
Lessons are divided into theory (classroom-based) and practical (studio-based)
Student Testimony: Year 10 Dance Student
I chose to take GCSE Dance as I had always enjoyed it in previous years at Townley. It also helps in other subjects such as PE, Drama or Music. It teaches you how to develop skills such as time management, creativity, quick thinking, improvisation and logical thinking- which I have found useful in my timetable this year. I’ve loved studying the works of a variety of practitioners including Akram Khan and Matthew Bourne, learning about choreography, accompaniment, costume, scenery, props, lighting, etc. If you have a passion for dance, and enjoy working in teams as well as on your own - GCSE can be a very worthwhile option to take.
Related Careers / A Level Progression:
You will need a B grade in GCSE Dance to progress to A Level, or attend a practical audition to assess suitability.
Careers – Teaching, Performer, Choreographer, Community Dance Worker, Costume/Set Designer, Arts Officer, Dance Film Maker, Movement Therapist, Dance Journalist, Dance Photographer, Youth Worker, Management Specialist. Dance GCSE will be of good use in all professions where you need excellent organisation, motivation and people skills.