Specification at a glance

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

Subject content

Core content


Students must complete both assessment components.

Component 1: Performance and choreography

What's assessed

  • Choreography and performance of a solo
  • Performance in a duet/trio

How it's assessed

  • Practical exam
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of AS level

Non-exam 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 areas of study:
    • one compulsory
    • one optional area of study, from a choice of four.
  • The reflection and understanding of own choreographic and performance practice.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks
  • 50% of AS level


Three sections:

  • Section A: short answer questions on own practice (15 marks).
  • Section B: short answer questions on the compulsory area of study (15 marks).
  • Section C: two essay questions on both areas of study – compulsory essay (25 marks) and an essay from a choice of four (25 marks).