Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how A-level Dance will be assessed in 2022.

These changes are for 2022 only.

What you need to know

  • Changes to non-exam assessment (NEA) component
  • Advance information on exams will be available

Component 1 – Performance

  • Students will perform a solo dance of between one and a half minutes and three minutes.
  • Students will perform a dance as either a solo or as a group (up to four dancers). As a solo they will have one and a half minutes to four minutes, as a group they will have between two and four minutes.
  • Changes have been made to the 'performance within a quartet assessment grid' (4.5 Assessment grids). This is so it can also be used to assess solo and group performances (up to 4 dancers). The revised assessment grid is available on Centre Services.
  • The time penalty will apply as normal to the new minimum as well as to the maximum time requirement. The size of the reduction will be proportionate to the severity of the timing infringement, starting with 5% of the total available raw mark for work.

Component 1 – Choreography

  • For between two and four minutes students will choreograph a dance for one to five dancers.
  • The ‘group choreography assessment grid’ (4.5 Assessment grids) has been amended. It can now be used to assess solo choreographies. The revised assessment grid is available on Centre Services.
  • We will only be able to accept audio-visual recordings as evidence of complete performances (as we currently do).
  • Students or someone else can perform the choreography.
  • Choreography papers will be available on Centre Services as normal on 15 September.
  • The time penalty will apply as normal to the new minimum as well as to the maximum time requirement. The size of the reduction will be proportionate to the severity of the timing infringement, starting with 5% of the total available raw mark for work.

We’re moving Component 1 from visiting exams to postal exams for summer 2022 only. You can conduct your A-level Dance Component 1 exams between now and 30 May 2022.

Advance information on exams will be available

To help students focus their exam preparation, there will be advance information on what exams will cover.

This advance information will be available by 7 February 2022, or sooner if the pandemic worsens.

In the meantime, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has published guidance for teachers and students on the use of advance information for 2022.

Help and support

Please contact your NEA adviser for further support on conducting the NEA.

If you don’t know who your NEA adviser is, your exams officer will have these details, or you can contact us.