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Course overview

Course Benefits

Course Breakdown


Training staff

How to apply

fees & Funding


Course overview

Course Overview

Gain an extra GCSE in Dance in a year !!.

In GCSE Dance you will study both practically and theoretically whilst gaining knowledge of the history of dance, the work of established and upcoming choreographers, how to choreograph a piece and how to create an exciting performance for an audience. You will study a range of dance styles including Contemporary, Urban, Inclusive Dance, Dance for Camera/Site-Sensitive, as well as dance influence by other cultures.

Course Benefits

​GCSE Dance will help with completing other GCSE courses due to the written element and cross-curricular subject knowledge. e.g. English, History, PE and Drama. Allows students to develop their performance, choreography and dancer analysis skills. Develops students' confidence and creativity and allows them to work collaboratively with their peers. Allows students to be introduced to and learn about a range of dance styles. A great preparation for students wanting to complete an A Level or BTEC in Dance/Performing Arts. 

Course breakdown

Outline of GCSE Course

  • 3 Hours Each Sunday (9.00am-12.00pm): 2 Hour Practical and Theory Section A/B and 1 Hour Theory Section C

  • Homework will be set each Sunday and due the following Sunday

  • Over Half Terms and Holidays students will complete written mock exams – these will be marked and graded using the 2018/19 grade boundaries

  • All practical work will be moderated, paper work checked and sent to the AQA external moderator

Component 1: Performance (20% of GCSE)

  • Duo/Trio, 3 to 3 and half minute dance with a clear choreographic intent and include development of 2 set phrases: Physical Skills (8 marks), Technical Skills (8 marks), Expressive Skills (8 marks), Total 24 marks

  • Set Phrases, perform a set phrase (not used in duo/trio) with accuracy to a 105bpm metronome: Physical Skills (4 marks), Technical Skills (4 marks), Expressive Skills (4 marks), Total 12 marks

  • Mental Skills during performance: Total 40 marks


Component 1: Choreography (20% of GCSE)

  • Solo, 2 to 2 and half minutes, group 3 to 3 and half minutes. Dance must have a clear choreographic intent and link to one of the give AQA GCSE Dance stimuli. Can be performed in any style. 

  • Action and Dynamic (8 marks), Space and Relationships (8 marks), Choreographic Devices (8 marks), Structure (8 marks) and Aural and Performance Setting (8 marks), Total 40 marks


Component 2: Written Paper (60% of GCSE)

  • Section A – Hypothetical choreography, safe practice and performance skills questions

  • Section B – Analysis of own work 

  • Section C – Analysis of professional work

  • Time 1 hour and a half paper, Total 120 marks


What do students need to bring?

  • Pen, pencil, ruler, colouring pencils

  • Large A4 folder

  • Uniform – Leotard (any colour/design) with black cut off tights or black leggings, bare feet 

  • Memory Stick – Will copy all documents (PowerPoints, revision guide and additional resources for the course)

Course questions

Where and when does the course take place?

At Adagio Studios Sunday 9am-12pm.

What is the length of the course?

1 year, split into 3 terms.

How much theory will I have to complete?

Theory is 40% of the GCSE course. You will complete theory for 1 hour each Sunday. 

What dance styles will I perform in?

During theory sessions you will learn about a range of dance styles. The performance piece is a contemporary style and the choreography can be performed in a style of your choice. 

How will I be assessed?

During the 1-year course you will film a range of performances (2 set phrases, one duet or trio and a piece of choreography). At the end of the course in May/June you will complete a 1hr 30min written exam. All assessments and exams will take place at the Adagio studios. 


How much support do I get when completing the course?

You will have 3 hours of teaching every week and set homework tasks once a week. You will be invited to join a Google Classroom page where you will find all course materials, revision and practice exam questions. All completed work will be marked and in-depth feedback for both the practical and written elements of the course will be given regularly. 

Training staff


Rebecca grace

Rebecca started dancing at the age of 7 taking Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz lessons at Hereford Academy of Dance. She graduated in 2013 from Edge Hill University with a BA(Hons) degree in Dance with Aeiral Performance. Rebecca continued her training by completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the Royal Academy of Dance where she graduated with an 'Outstanding' in 2014. 


Rebecca has taught in a variety of secondary schools in and around London. She is currently Head of Dance and Drama at Wanstead High School. The school offers a dance programme to students in key stages 3, 4 and 5. She continues to work closed with the Royal Academy of Dance and is a school-based tutor for their PGCE programme mentoring teacher trainees. Rebecca is also an AQA GCSE Dance moderator which has helped her to gain an in-depth knowledge of the GCSE and A Level dance examination process. 


Rebecca has been teaching the GCSE programme at Adagio over the last two years, students have achieved outstanding results and she is excited to continue to work with a group of dedicated students.

Fees and funding


The GSCE programme at Adagio consists of 3 terms over a year of study.

Deposit of £100 to reserve your place.

Cost Breakdown:


£360 per term 




a one off fee of £950


how to apply

application requirements

We are able to accept learners who are in year 8 and above in secondary education.

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GCSE Registration

To register for the GCSE programme for this coming September, please take the time to fill out the information below.

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Where are the classes?

Is there parking?

Classes and examinations will all take at

The Adagio Studios :

661 Rayleigh Road



CM13 1SS

Yes ! We have a private carpark onsite.

When is the course starting?

We start our GCSE programme in the autumn term, - check out our schedule for term dates or give us a call. 

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