GCSE Dance helps students develop technical and expressive skills as well as knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation of dance.

This four unit specification enables students to:

  • increase their confidence and self-esteem
  • employ the skills of problem solving and creativity
  • make knowledgeable decisions about dances

This course provides a solid foundation for a career in dance or performing arts and/or further studies in dance or performing arts, including A-level Dance. The specification acknowledges the important role that dance plays in young people’s lives. Most students will bring some previous experience of dance to the course and the specification aims to value that experience and help students to build on it. Students of GCSE Dance are encouraged to develop their previous dance experience within the two-year course. This experience may be of formal training in dance classes, or students may bring skills acquired in devising and performing dance in more informal, social contexts. GCSE candidates may perform in and choreograph work in any style of their choice, provided it allows them to access the full range of assessment criteria.

The study of dance as an art form contributes to students’ aesthetic and social development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well-being. Dance also supports learning across a range of subjects. As performers, students develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve.

As choreographers, students employ the skills of problem-solving and creativity. Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesise a number of elements. In directing others, students develop their interpersonal and communication skills.

Year 9-11

Dance develops integral skills towards success in adult life. Students are encouraged to work within mixed groups of various sizes creating their own work using essential team-working skills. They develop necessary analytical skills and learn to contribute to, receive and modify others’ opinions. They are involved in negotiating, decision making and collaborating. Dance also provides them with the opportunity to learn and work independently: creating, researching, writing, performing or choreographing. These ways of working increase their familiarity and confidence in using the English language and use evaluation skills in a critical, sensitive manner. Dance also increases self-confidence, a positive outlook and builds social abilities.

At GCSE level, students will be able to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance as choreographer, performer and critic through:

  • applying and adapting a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in performing and choreographing dance, including the ability to improve
  • creating dances for a range of purposes and in response to different stimuli
  • developing the ability to analyse, evaluate and appreciate dance.
  • appreciating the contribution of dance to their personal and social health, fitness and wellbeing and be aware of the range of opportunities and pathways available in dance.

Unit 1- Critical Appreciation of Dance, Written Paper, 1 Hour, 20%

Unit 2 - The Set Dance, Practical, 20%


We have a well-equipped dance studio with a fully sprung floor, mirrors and barres. Students also have the opportunity to perform in the Auditorium using the proscenium or round stage space, enabling them to experience being part of a public performance in a traditional setting. Both performance areas are equipped with lighting facilities, sound systems, projectors, computers, whiteboards and blackout curtains.