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GCSE Dance

This specification follows a unitised structure.

Critical appreciation of dance

  • Written paper
  • 20% of the total marks
  • 1 hour
  • 50 marks

Students answer questions on two professional works, chosen from a list set.

Set dance

  • Practical exam
  • 20% of the total marks
  • 30 marks

Students perform one solo dance of approximately 1 - 1½ minutes from a choice of two. The work is assessed externally and recorded.

Performance in a duo/group dance related to a set professional work

  • Controlled assessment
  • 20% of the total marks
  • 30 marks

Students perform in a dance for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers, lasting 3 - 3½ minutes. Every student dances for at least 2 minutes within the piece. Assessment includes marks for demonstration of knowledge of safe practice.

The dance relates to a professional work from a prescribed list. Three clear links with the chosen work must be shown.

The dance should be choreographed by the teacher/dance artist in collaboration with the students.


  • Controlled assessment
  • 40% of the total marks
  • Solo composition task
  • 15% of the total marks
  • 20 marks

Each student selects three motifs from any one of the prescribed professional works and develops them into a dance of 1 - 1½ minutes. The student may perform in his/her own composition.


  • 25% of the total marks
  • 40 marks

Each student choreographs either a solo dance lasting 1½ - 2 minutes OR a group dance for 2, 3, 4 or 5 dancers, lasting 2½ - 3 minutes.

The dance may be in any style, in response to an outline stimulus. The chosen style must allow the student to meet the criteria for assessment. The student may dance in his/her own choreography.