Careers DANCE

What do we cover in the curriculum in years 7 – 11?

Skills covered:


Physical skills

Expressive skills

Technical skills

Safe work practices

Mental skills and attributes


Action content

Dynamic content

Spatial content

Relationship content

Choreographic processes

Structuring devices and form

Choreographic devices

Communication of choreographic intent

Dance appreciation

Analysing professional dance works

Interrelationships between constituent features of existing performance material

Roles and responsibilities in the industry

GCSE Content


Component 1 Performance & Choreography

Unit total: 80 Marks


60% of total course
Set phrases performance

Practical Examination

Solo Performance

15 marks



30% of total course

Duet/trio performance

3½ – 5 minutes

25 marks

Solo or group choreography

Practical Examination

40 Marks

30% of total course
Component 2 Critical Appreciation of Dance

Written Paper

 1 ½ hour exam

80 marks


40% of total course


Tech Award


Component 1 Exploring the Performing Arts


Get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional actor, dancer or musical theatre performer.

 30% of total course
Component 2 Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts


Develop skills and techniques in the chosen discipline(s) of acting, dance and musical theatre.

30% of total course
Component 3 Performing to a Brief


Consider how practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts, and put this into practice in a performance.

40% of total course



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