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 complete two dance performances (one set phrase and one solo, duet or trio) with a combined minimum duration of one and a half minutes (if all solo performances) or two minutes (if including performance as part of a group, ie duet/trio).
  • Teachers will mark this single set phrase out of 12.
  • The solo/duet/trio must be based on two of the remaining three set phrases (3.1 Performance).
  • We have adapted the ‘solo performance assessment grid’ (set phrase) 4.5.3 Component 1: Performance and choreography so that it can be used to assess a single set phrase (instead of two). This is available on e-AQA.
  • We have adapted the ‘duet/trio performance assessment grid’ 4.5.3 Component 1: Performance and choreography so that it can also be used to assess solo performances. This is available on e-AQA.
  • Teachers will mark the solo, duet or trio out of 24.

Component 1 – Choreography

  • Students will choreograph either a complete solo dance for at least one and a half minutes or complete a group dance for at least two minutes.
  • We will only be able to accept audio-visual recordings as evidence of completed performance (as we currently do). This can be performed by the student or someone else.

Component 2 – Dance appreciation

The three, six-mark questions in Section B of the written paper relate directly to the student’s work on the NEA component (Performance and Choreography). We’ll therefore make sure that these three questions reflect the changes to the NEA component appropriately, so that no student is disadvantaged by the changes.

Socially distanced performances

Schools/colleges that are applying social distancing measures to GCSE Dance performances are advised to direct students towards the solo performance option. This is because a socially-distanced duet or trio performance is likely to struggle to access parts of the mark scheme, eg relationship content and sensitivity to other dancers.

Socially distanced choreography

The choreography assessment grid (40 marks) is unchanged. However, schools/colleges that are applying social distancing measures to the GCSE Dance choreography task are advised to direct students towards the solo choreography option. This is because a socially distanced choreography is likely to struggle to access parts of the mark scheme, eg relationship content.

No other changes

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

Teachers will mark the choreography task out of 40 as usual.

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

The minimum 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.