Key Stage 4

    Students in year 10 and 11 will study the AQA GCSE Dance qualification worth one GCSE.They will gain an insight into professional works, how to create and choreograph their own dance as well as performing in set studies and performance pieces.

    The course is 80% practical with a 20% written examination.

    There are four units to the GCSE qualification aimed at giving students a range of skills and techniques in which to apply in their own performance work.

    Students will be expected to participate in practical dance lessons/workshops, to perform, and to complete written work by set deadlines.

    Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form)

    The 60-credit BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma extends the specialist work-related focus from the BTEC Level 3 Certificate and covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma offers greater flexibility and a choice of emphasis through the optional units. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

    The dance course focuses on performance to an audience, dance performance including technique and expressive skills of various styles, choreography and nutrition and fitness for performers.

    Students will be expected to take part in performances at various locations, rehearsals and choreographic workshops, as well as producing written work and presentations on theoretical elements of the course.

    After Easter we will also be offering some students the opportunity to take the Dance Leaders Award, which is a nationally recognised qualification, and will be useful for any students looking to lead or teach dance in the future.

    The course will involve workshops, student teaching both in the academy and at local schools, students planning and choreographing for dance classes, and generally learning useful leadership skills and qualities.


    On Saturday 22nd June 6, year 1 BTEC level 3 students will be taking part in the annual Red Cross ‘Dance Make Your Move’ competition.

    We are currently in rehearsals for the 8 minute contemporary dance routine ‘To plant a seed and hope for victory’, which is centred on the experiences of women during World War II and the emotions felt when the men and children do not return from war.

    The performance will be taking place at Pollhill Campus, University of Bedfordshire at 3pm on the Saturday. If you would like to show your support, tickets are currently on sale on the Red Cross Dance Make your Move website £8/£6.

    Students are currently fundraising for Red Cross Charity, if you would like to make a donation, please speak to myself. Any donation would be gratefully received.

    Heather Howard

    Teacher of Dance