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Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

This specification focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the symbolic use of movement to express and communicate ideas and concepts through the interrelated processes of performance, choreography and appreciation. Dance is a powerful and empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar-to and different from other art forms and physical activities. Dance develops creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities. The practical component of the course enables students to study dance by ‘doing’ and the anthology of professional works will provide a springboard for the development of creative and engaging practical tasks. The study of the anthology will facilitate the development of students’ skills in performance and choreography as well as broadening their knowledge and understanding of dance and ability to critically appraise dances of different styles and cultural influences.


To learn to choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form.

To inform pupils development as creative and artistic individuals and broaden their aesthetic, social and cultural experience through a holistic engagement with dance.


Choreographic Outcomes

To demonstrate the ability to respond to a range of stimuli with creativity and imagination.

To develop the use of imagination, problem solving, creativity and synthesis of ideas.

To apply knowledge, skills and understanding of choreographic forms and devices.

To communicate ideas, feelings, emotions, meanings and moods.


Performance Outcomes

To demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding of performing.

To develop physical, technical, mental and expressive skills.

To communicate choreographic intention and artistry.


Dance Appreciation Outcomes

To be able to articulate knowledge and critically reflect upon it to inform artistic practice.

To critically appreciate dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts.

To analyse, interpret, evaluate and critically appreciate a range of professional dance works.

Personal Outcomes

To develop independence, teamwork, creativity, resilience, problem solving and leadership skills.




 GCSE Dance is a popular option at KS4. Pupils study the AQA course.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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 hour 30 minutes
  • 80 marks


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