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Key Stage 3 Dance

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 receive 6 weeks of dance as part of the Key Stage 3 PE curriculum.  Year 7 and Year 8 study social dances and choreography. The Year 9 curriculum provides an insight into the requirements for GCSE dance.

  • Year 7: Street Dance/Choreography
  • Year 8: African/Bhangra/Choreography
  • Year 9: Contemporary/Choreography

Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to participate in dance workshops with professional choreographers and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (University). Students will also be able to audition for the CATs dance program at Trinity.

Conisborough College Male Drama Student Lewisham
Conisborough College Male Drama Student Lewisham

Key Stage 4 Dance

Course Content

Over the course duration, students must develop their physical, technical and expressive skills, safe working practices and mental attributes.


Students must develop and apply the above knowledge, understanding and skills to perform dance as a soloist for approximately one minute
and in a duet/trio for a minimum of three minutes.


Students must respond creatively to an externally set stimulus, to choreograph their own complete dance. The dance created must be either:

  • a solo dance of a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of two and a half minutes


  • a group dance of a minimum of three minutes and a maximum of three and a half minutes for two to five dancers.


  • includes a chosen aural setting
  • can be in any style or style fusion(s) (as long as it meets the assessment criteria)
  • communicates their own chosen choreographic intention.

It must include choreographic notes about the dance.

Dance Appreciation

Students must be able to critically analyse, interpret and evaluate their own work in performance and choreography and demonstrate their
knowledge and understanding of professional practice in the six set works in the GCSE Dance


Dance appreciation is assessed through a written exam of one and a half hours duration.
Students will be expected to rehearse to stay after school every week for the duration of the course. Students will be expected to perform in
and outside of school to improve their performance technique. Students will be expected to attend live theatre, to assist their creative

Examination Details

Exam Board: AQA

Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What’s assessed

  • Performance:  Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in 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 (2 – 2.5 minutes) or a group dance for two to five dancers (3 – 3.5 minutes)

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: 1.5 hours
  • 80 marks.


  • Based on students’ own practice in performance and choreography and the GCSE Dance anthology

Career Opportunities in Dance:

Graphic Designer, Project Manager, Director, App Designer, Theatre Manager, Costume, Designer, Lighting Stage Director, Performing Arts Culture Officer, Choreographer, Artistic Director, Performer, Journalist, Company Director, Model, Teacher, Personal Trainer, Dance Therapist, Dance Photographer, Dance Scientist, Public Relations.

For more information on this or other specific subjects, please contact the relevant Curriculum Lead via email using the Staff List

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