Change Font Size

Select Language

Login Form

Please enter your website login to access private areas or to submit new content.

Article Index
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
All Pages


All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Dance. The Department is made up by one specialist teacher and supported by a technician who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:

  •   Miss. A Williams - Teacher of Physical Education & Dance
  •     Mr. C Handley - Arts Technician/ Musician


To view articles and attachments relating to Dance please click here

Sorry No Content

Why Choose GCSE Dance?

1. The study of DANCE as an art form contributes to your aesthetic and social development.

2. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well being.

3. Dance supports learning across a range of subjects.

4. As a performer you develop technique, confidence and self esteem

5. Dance develops self and body awareness as well as sensitivity to others and team working skills.

6. Dance performance requires physical effort and determination to succeed and improve.

7. As choreographers you employ the skills of problem solving and creativity. It requires imagination and the ability to fuse a number of elements.

8. In directing others you develop interpersonal and communication skills.

9. As critics, you make educated decisions about the dances you see. You articulate your knowledge and opinions. Viewing professional dances fulfills your cultural entitlement and broadens your artistic experience.

10. Dance can be a huge force for good, effectively drawing people together and leveling everyone through sheer hard work.


The Components for assessment are:


Critical appreciation of Dance - 1 hour Written Paper

Candidates answer questions on two professional works, chosen by AQA


Set Dance - Practical Examination                                               

Solo performance of a Set Dance prescribed by AQA


Performance - Controlled Assessment

Performance in a duo/group dance related to a prescribed professional work


Choreography - Controlled Assessment

Solo composition task (15%)

The dance takes its stimulus from a professional work and is developed by the student

Choreography (25%)

The dance may be in any style, in response to an outline stimulus from AQA


GCSE Dance is unique in that it offers students a way to explore their own values and beliefs and benefits their overall fitness and well being. They will gain regular performance experience, develop a range of vital skills and view and analyse professional Dance works. Dance is a physically demanding and academically challenging subject that requires dedication, but the experience in its entirety is rewarding and valuable for all future careers.

GCSE Dance can lead to careers within the performing arts, theatre, media, journalism, teaching, youth or community work, choreography, dance therapy, designing or artistic administrator work. Dance can ultimately complement and enhance any profession that requires confidence, creativity and dedication as it develops and builds on these vital skills.

Homework expectations: Pupils will be set homework on a regular basis that will include writing of a comparative and analytical nature and practical coursework which will be carried out in school at break times, Lunch and after school.


Examination Board: AQA    Syllabus Code: 4230


Head of Department:   Miss. L. Bevan




Dance is a physically demanding course. Year 12 focuses on the students‘ experience of dance, creating solo choreography and group performances. Year 13 transfers these skills to group choreography and furthers your technical and expressive skills, studying an era of history, creating work based on a researched professional practitioner. The written examination requires students to articulate their studio practice, technique, choreographic and performance experience gained from the course, and to also express their knowledge of a range of professional contemporary dance works.



The majority of the course is studied practically through technique classes and performance and choreographic workshops. Students are required to rehearse and develop their practical work outside of lesson time. The theory that accompanies the practical requires students to document their experiences and development in detail. Students have opportunities to develop their performance experience through showcasing their work in ‘in house’ performance evenings and a number of platforms within the county.



Specialist teaching with strong community and county dance links for performance and choreographic platform opportunities. A Theatre space with a dance floor, mirrors, ballet barres, sound system and projection screen. Hagley also has its own gifted and talented dance company ‘Spark’, that are taught technique and performance by outside professional practitioners. A-level students are encouraged to take part in this fantastic opportunity. The department also runs regular trips to the Theatre, as well as residential trips to London to experience dance in our vibrant capital.



Dance courses at University include Dance Performance, Dance Science and Education, Performing Arts Degrees, Community Dance in Higher Education, Dance studies and Dance and Exercise Science. Dance can be combined with subjects such as English and Music for a joint honours degree. For pupils pursuing a professional career in Dance, they can obtain their degree pending an audition at Dance Schools such as LABAN and Northern Contemporary.



You may like to combine Dance with Performing and Creative Arts subjects, Humanities and Physical Education; however, Dance complements and enriches any combination of subjects.




A GCSE in grade C or above in Dance and English is preferred. It is also recognised that students gain appropriate experience in dance outside the context of the school curriculum and applicants may be required to demonstrate their technical ability.

"Dance is the perfect subject to study at A-level as it combines both practical and theoretical elements. I have gained a wider knowledge of anatomical theory and the professional world of dance. In addition to this, Dance has developed my creativity and ability to work with others. Dance generates enthusiasm as a result of the hard-working and dedicated staff, who provide after-school tuition, residential trips, and the chance to partake in certified shows, allowing me to achieve great results."

Charlotte Pawelczyk A2 2012-13


Report Online Problem

“The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) deals with offences against children. Use the CEOP button to report offences to the proper authorities.“

PTA News

HTML Online Editor Sample

Monday 15th October

Venue: King Arthur Pub, Worcester Road, Hagley, DY9 0LF

Time: 7pm

Latest Minutes

Latest Newsletters:

HTML Online Editor Sample

Hagley Catholic High School Newsletter

Autumn Term

SNOCMAC Anniversary Booklet

Third Anniversary Booklet

Upcoming Events

Part of the Saint Nicholas Owen Catholic Multi Academy Company. A Private Limited Company with charitable status. Registered in England and Wales
Company No: 09174154 Registered Office: Hagley Catholic High School, Brake Lane, Hagley, Worcestershire DY8 2XL
Official Website :

It is recommended that this site is viewed using a modern web browser such as Internet Explorer v11 or Google Chrome. Using older browsers may display page content incorrectly. Joomla templates by SG web hosting

This site uses cookies - To find out more about cookies please click here - View site map