Key Stage 4

Dance is offered as a GCSE course which is 80% practical. Students build on their knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 by developing creative, critical and performance skills.

Technical skills are developed through a set dance which they learn and perform, along with performance skills which are assessed in a group performance piece. Choreography skills are developed through a composition task and their own choreographed piece based on a stimulus of their choice. The final component of the GCSE syllabus is a written exam which tests analysis of professional works and their understanding of performance skills and the choreographic process.

Popular enrichment opportunities include visits to see live dance work, workshops with professional companies and performing in school and regional dance events.

Year 10

Dance is offered as a GCSE course 60% practical and 40% written. Students build on their knowledge and understanding from Key Stage 3 by developing creative, critical and performance skills. Technical skills are developed through four set phrases which they learn and perform, along with performance skills which are assessed in a duet/trio performance piece. Choreography skills are developed in their own choreographed piece based on a stimulus of their choice. Each half term is dedicated to one of the professional works to cover all of them in the first year. Students will complete practice exam style questions to test their analysis of 6 set professional works and their understanding of performance skills and the choreographic process of their own work.

Year 11

In Year 11 students are assessed on their solo performance of two of the set phrases. This leads into the creation of their choreography work which is completed before Christmas. Students are then assessed on their performance in a duet/trio in the Spring term and the rest of the time is spent preparing for the written exam.  All 6 professional works are studied alongside practical work to continue building on dance analysis skills.