Changes for 2022

Because of the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are some changes to how GCSE 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 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).
  • Students will only need to complete and submit one set phrase, rather than two. 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 recommend that schools and colleges applying social distancing measures to GCSE Dance performances direct their 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, such as relationship content and sensitivity to other dancers.
  • 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 Centre Services.
  • 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 Centre Services.
  • Teachers will mark the solo, duet or trio out of 24.
  • The 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.

Component 1 – Choreography

  • Students will choreograph either a complete solo dance of at least one and a half minutes or a complete group dance of at least two minutes.
  • We recommend that schools and colleges applying social distancing measures to the GCSE Dance choreography task direct their students towards the solo choreography option. This is because a socially distanced choreography is likely to struggle to access parts of the mark scheme, such as relationship content.
  • 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.
  • Teachers will mark the choreography task out of 40 as usual, and the assessment grid is unchanged.
  • The choreography papers will be available on Centre Services as normal on 15 September.
  • The 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.

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.

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.