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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in January 2023 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Dance Year 9

AQA GCSE Dance Course

PRACTICAL  - marked by teacher and moderated by external examiner


Component 1a

Solo Performance of 2 Set Phrases –approx 1 min

15 marks

1 hour 30minutes theory examination


Exam content

1.       Knowledge and understanding of choreographic process and performing skills

2.       Critical appreciation of own work

3.       Critical appreciation of professional works from dance Anthology


Professional works


Within Her Eyes

Artificial Things

A Linha Curva


Emancipation of Expressionism



Component 1a

Duet/Trio performance that includes a clear theme and movements from the remaining two set phrases   3 – 5 minutes

25 marks


Total Component 1a – 40 marks/30%

Component 1b

Solo or group Choreography

Each student is responsible for creating their own piece of choreography based on one of the ideas set by AQA.

Solo 2 – 2 ½ minutes

Group 3-3 ½ minutes


Total Component 1a – 40 marks/30%

The Year 7 and Year 8 curriculum introduces students to key dance skills and two of the professional works from the Dance Anthology. Year 9 will provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the skills and professional works in more depth and detail. Practical and theoretical tasks are completed for each unit. A choreography and performance task will be incorporated into each task.

Units studied

  1. Taster sessions – Set study solo and choreography in a duet/trio
  2. Infra
  3. Artificial Things
  4. A Linha Curva/Theory mock exam on professional works
  5. Joan Miro – mock practical paper