GCSE Dance

“It is compulsory for all learners studying dance at Kenton to audition for and to take part in the Kenton School productions.”



Awarding Body


Course Specification

Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mrs Evans

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

This qualification is linear. Linear means that learners will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course. It is compulsory for all learners studying dance at Kenton to audition for and to take part in the Kenton School productions and The Shadow Lounge (our annual dance showcase at Dance City). We are fortunate at Kenton to be able to offer our learners opportunities to work with a variety of dance professionals based in the North East along with a wide range of performance opportunities held in professional venues. These opportunities not only help our learners to develop as aspiring dance artists but also help them to progress on to further or higher education courses in Dance.


You will study the following units:


  • Performance

  • Choreography

  • Dance appreciation

What will I study?

Component 1 – Choreography and Performance



  • 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)

Component 2 – Dance appreciation


  • Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills

  • Critical appreciation of own work

  • Critical appreciation of professional works

How is the course assessed?

Learners must complete both assessment components.


Component 1 – Choreography and Performance


Internally marked and externally moderated


Performance is 30% of GCSE (40 marks)


Choreography is 30% of GCSE (40 marks)


Total component 60% of GCSE

Component 2 – Dance appreciation

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (80 marks)

Component is 40% of GCSE

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Email: admin@kenton.newcastle.sch.uk

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