Dance lessons provide an opportunity to build confidence and gain a sense of achievement through the process of choreography, performance and evaluation. Students will regularly work with others on practical tasks to engage their imagination, make decisions and release their creativity. Dance lessons take place in the purpose built dance studio with sprung floor.

Throughout their time studying dance, students will engage in a range of activities which focus on:

  • Promoting confidence and high self-esteem
  • Developing inclusion, purpose and achievement through group tasks
  • Demonstrating self-discipline, persistence, resourcefulness and the ability to think under pressure
  • Improving problem-solving skills and movement memory
  • Developing dance technique; posture, flexibility, strength, balance, co-ordination and an awareness of how the body is placed in space
  • Maintaining fitness and a healthy lifestyle

KS3 Dance

  • Students will learn to choreograph dance pieces in response to an idea or stimulus.
  • They will learn a variety of basic dance terminology and explore how to apply this in the creation of their own performances.
  • They will learn what a ‘motif’ is and how this can be developed in order to communicate ideas. 
  • Students will develop techniques in dance in order to gain new skills and improve their posture, focus, control and balance.
  • Students will further their understanding on how to evaluate their own work and that of others in order to identify strengths and weaknesses in performance. 
  • Self-esteem and confidence will be developed through small performance tasks. 

GCSE Dance

Students in KS4 have the option of taking GCSE Dance. Over the duration of the course, students will develop their technical and performance skills, before completing four units during Year 11.

KS 4 (Year 9, 10 & 11)

GCSE Dance - overview

  • Dance is a powerful and expressive subject which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience with the subject.
  • This GCSE Dance course recognises the role of dance in young people’s lives and students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Apart from the solo performance, students can choose any style in which to perform and choreograph, providing it meets the assessment criteria.
  • The study of the anthology of professional works will develop the students’ ability to critically appraise professional dance works and provide a springboard for engaging in practical tasks.

Students will also recognise the contribution of dance to their personal & social health, fitness and wellbeing and be aware of the range of opportunities and pathways available to them in dance.

How will I be assessed in this subject?


  • Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration).
  • Duet/trio performance (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.

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.

Things to consider?

This course offers a wide range of styles as well as contemporary dance, where you will be able to perform and choreograph work in any style, provided it allows you to access the full range of assessment criteria.

You need to enjoy performing and have a desire to create your own dances, expressing your ideas through choreography.

It is important that you can work well with others but that you can also work independently, as you will be required to perform both as a soloist and as part of a group.

Please note: Extra-curricular dance available with ballet is now a compulsory class to run alongside the GCSE course.