GCSE Dance

GCSE Dance is a mainly practical course that aims to increase your skills as a dancer, choreographer and dance analyst. 

As with all practical subjects, a desire to work hard in class time as well as out of hours learning will be the key to your success.  You will perform in groups but also on your own and will develop the necessary confidence and expertise.

Component 1: Performance and Choreography

What is assessed?


  • 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 is it assessed?

Non-exam assessment (marked by the centre, internally marked and externally moderated)

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

Component 2: Dance Appreciation

What is 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 (40% of GCSE): 1 hour 30 minutes

Questions will be based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.

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