Results 2021

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to Rekha Lakhanpaul, Carolann Rogers-Moore and Ruby Fortune on their GCSE Dance results 2021.  Our best results ever. It has been a challenging  2 years, with the adverse conditions through the pandemic. But, the girls rose to the occasion.  It wasn’t plain sailing by any stretch of the imagination, there were struggles, but success prevailed!

Carolann – Level 9

Rekha – Level 8

Ruby – Level 8


Why choose GCSE Dance?

In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification:

  • promotes fitness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity
  • actively engages students in the process of dance in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating and appreciating dances
  • develops physical, technical and expressive skills through which students are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their individual qualities as performers
  • develops students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and meaning drawn from a range of dance styles
  • develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic, aesthetic and cultural contexts.

Available to all students in Years 9 – 11

It will be offered to students going into Year 8 if they have good dance and academic skills.
2 year course – 2 Components
FEES: £960.00 PER YEAR* Payable Monthly
*Additional costs: Theatre trips , Exam Entry Fee and disbursements, 

Doing GCSE dance has helped me make amazing friends and I have a built a very close relationship with the teachers. I have learned so much in 2 years. GCSE Dance is great fun and an interesting course to enjoy.”

Ariana Mihailov  (Student)                                                                                                       July 2017

“Taking GCSE Dance outside of school has made me a more confident dancer. I really enjoyed the whole of the two years. GCSE Dance has helped me understand dance and choreography on a whole new level, and will help me pursue a career in dance. Thanks”

Amber-Jade – Grade C 2013 (Yr 9)

“Taking GCSE dance made me aware of so much a dancer needs to think about that is so important. Before the course I never really had a chance to choreograph my plans and ideas which is what I want to do.  Sara & Sam took me down the right path in helping me every step of the way and advising me and the others, organising, giving up their time, just so that we were comfortable with what we were doing. I made so many new friends. GCSE dance opened me up more as a dancer allowing me to discover skills and a deeper feeling for dance I never knew I had. I thoroughly recommend it as I can assure you that you will leave the course with absolutely the right knowledge to continue on your path to being a dancer or working to help others achieve their goals in the dance world”

Becky P – Grade B 2013 (Yr 9)


“GCSE Dance is a fresh and vibrant specification which includes popular performance and choreography, alongside a new collection of shorter, more diverse and accessible professional works. To engage and inspire your students, we’ve taken a creative new approach to the written paper.”

Liz Dale,
GCSE Principal Examiner and Moderator


Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content

Core content

  1. Performance
  2. Choreography
  3. Dance appreciation


Students must complete both assessment components.

What’s assessed



·         Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minutein 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 halfminutes)

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 Dance anthology.