Changes for 2021

Following Ofqual’s announcement about summer 2021, here are the changes you need to know about.

Please bear in mind that these changes apply to summer 2021 only.

Component 1 – Performance

  • Students will perform a solo dance that has been choreographed for between one and a half and three minutes.
  • Students will perform a dance as either a group (up to three dancers) of between two and three minutes or as a solo of between one and a half and three minutes.
  • The ‘performance within a duet or trio assessment grid’ 4.5 Assessment grids had been amended so that it can also be used to assess solo performances. This is available on e-AQA.
  • Component 1 will be examined by post. We’ll publish further information soon about how to submit work.

Component 1 – Choreography

  • Students will choreograph a solo dance of between one and a half and three minutes.
  • We’ll only be able to accept audio-visual recordings as evidence of complete performance (as we currently do).
  • Component 1 will be examined by post. We’ll publish further information soon about how to submit work.

Component 2 – Critical engagement

Section A of the written paper relates directly to the student’s work on the NEA component (Performance and Choreography). Therefore, we will make sure that these three questions reflect the changes to the NEA component appropriately, so that no student is disadvantaged by the changes.

No other changes

The choreography papers are available on e-AQA as normal.

The assessment grid for Choreography in the specification remains the same.

The minimum and maximum time penalty will apply as normal to the new minimum time requirement. The size of the reduction is proportionate to the severity of the timing infringement, starting with 5% of the total available raw mark for work.

The component weightings remain the same and all components are examined by AQA.

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.