Specification at a glance

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Subject content

Core content


Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed

  • Solo performance linked to a specified practitioner within an area of study
  • Performance in a quartet
  • Group choreography

How it's assessed

  • Practical exam
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of A-level

Non-examination assessment (NEA) marked by an external assessor from AQA during a visit to your centre. Visits will normally take place between March and May.

Externally set tasks are distributed by 15 September in the academic year of certification.

Component 2: Critical engagement

What's assessed

Knowledge, understanding and critical appreciation of two set works.
  • One compulsory set work within the compulsory area of study
  • One optional set work within the corresponding area of study, from a choice of four.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level


Two sections:
  • Section A: short answer questions (25 marks) and one essay question (25 marks) on the compulsory set work/area of study.
  • Section B: two essay questions on the second set work/area of study (25 marks for each essay).