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. You will be learning about the skills and techniques required to perform at a high level whilst also building and developing your own physical and interpretative skills. You will be studying several professional dance works appraising the choreography and communicative skills of the dancers.
HOW WILL YOUR WORK BE ASSESSED?
You will be assessed through a theoretical examination and a practical exam. Component: 1 will be examined by your teacher in school and the film will be moderated by AQA. Component: 2 is a written exam that will take place at the end of your course.
WHAT SORT OF WORK WILL YOU BE DOING?
Lessons will take an integrated format in which students will participate in practical dance lessons alongside theoretical study. They will be exploring the techniques of established dance practitioners, developing skills in choreography and also learning about safe practice and rehearsal. They will be required to have the correct dance kit and dance in bare feet.
This is a contemporary dance course and trainers or jazz shoes will not be acceptable attire.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS OUTSIDE OF LESSONS?
As part of the dance GCSE course, students are encouraged to rehearse as a group and individually before exam performances. Students should research subject matters in their own time in order to develop more understanding of dance theatre and should aim to see at least one professional work outside of school.
WILL YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
Dance Kit – See Miss Abbott for Details.
An A4 Ring Binder, Dividers.
WHAT FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS ARE POSSIBLE?
Students can go on to study A’ Level Drama and Theatre Studies or A’ Level Dance
Component: 1 – Performance and Choreography
Component: 2 – Dance Appreciation
Solo or group choreography
How it's assessed
Internally marked and externally moderated
30% of GCSE
30% of GCSE
Total component 60%
1 hour 30 minutes
Based on students' own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology.
40% of GCSE