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Dance GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

In GCSE Dance you will learn to perform, choreograph, direct and analyse dance. As a performer you will develop confidence, self-esteem, as well as sensitivity to others and team work. As a choreographer you will use the skills of creativity and problem solving to come up some imaginative ideas for dance. As a critic, you will be to make informed decisions about the dances you see. In directing others you will develop your communication skills and your ability to create good working relationships with others.


GCSE Dance is split into 4 units, with assessment being 20% written exam and 80% practical.

Marked by examiner:

Unit 1 - Critical Application, Written examination 20%

Unit 2 - Performance of set dance, Practical assessment 20%

Marked by teacher and AQA moderator:

Unit 3 - Performance in duo/group dance, Controlled assessment 20%

Unit 4 - Choreography, Controlled assessment, 40%, 15% solo composition task, 25% for choreography of solo/group dance

Set professional dance works- The following two works will be researched in great depth- The Nutcracker by Mathew Bourne and Rosas Danst Rosas- the key areas that are critically analysed include the use of costume, set, staging, accompaniment, choreographic devices and structure.

Students will always be assessed on safety during practical assessments. All assessments will take place in the summer of Year 11.

Future opportunities

GCSE Dance will give you access to A-level Dance and assist your entry into a wide range of further education courses. Career opportunities are broad but could include, dancer, fitness instructor, aerobics instructor, dance teacher and working in the entertainment industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years