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Expressive & Performing Arts at Stockport Academy

Course Details

Year 7:

Autumn Term

Dance styles from around the world from street dance, Capoeira, contemporary, salsa and Bollywood

Spring Term

Dance Actions and Literacy.

Summer Term


Preparation for the Summer Dance Show


Year 8:

Autumn Term

Using a stimulus and modern dance

Spring Term

Gangs, impact and culture

Summer Term

Commercial Dance  and the developments


Year 9

Autumn Term

Romeo  and Juliet

Spring Term

Puppets - Using action words, choreographic devices and dance structures

Summer Term

Dance Appreciation using Christopher Bruce, Swansong

Dance is a powerful and empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities. Dance develops creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.


How is the Dance GCSE course assessed?


Component 1: Performance and choreography = 60% of GCSE

Performance - 30% of GCSE

• Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)

• Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)

Choreography - 30% of GCSE

• Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group

   dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)

Component 2: Dance appreciation (written exam) = 40%

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes / 80 marks

• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.

   Be able to write/evaluate this process.

• Critical appreciation of your own dance works

• Critical appreciation of professional works. This involves looking at a series of dance     works from professional choreographies and writing about the choreographic     intent to use accompaniment and costumes.


Component 1 is internally assessed and videos of all performances are sent off for external moderation.

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Intro to Drama

Autumn term 2: ‘Emily’- process drama (development of techniques- TIR, thought track, role play).

Spring Term 1: Shakespeare

Spring Term 2: Physical Theatre

Summer Term 1: Intro to script (focus on acting skills)

Summer Term 2: Performing Comedy


Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Slavery

Autumn Term 2: A Christmas Carol

Spring Term 1: A day in a different age

Spring Term 2: 4 O’Clock Friday

Summer 1: Hillsborough Disaster

Summer 2: Intro to script (Blood Brothers)


Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Stone Cold – using a stimulus for devising Drama.

Autumn Term 2: Gangs- focus on the London Riots

Spring Term 1: Hit and Run- Issue based Drama

Spring Term 2: Warden X

Summer 1: Too much punch for Judy- mini GCSE assessment

Summer 2: Too much Punch for Judy- mini GCSE assessment.

Component 1: Understanding Drama


What's assessed

  • Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
  • Study of one set play from a choice of six
  • Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • Open book
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of GCSE


  • Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
  • Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
  • Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)

Component 2: Devising drama (practical)


What's assessed

  • Process of creating devised drama
  • Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
  • Analysis and evaluation of own work

How it's assessed

  • Devising log (60 marks)
  • Devised performance (20 marks)
  • 80 marks in total
  • 40% of GCSE

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.


Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)


What's assessed

  • Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)

Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1

How it's assessed

  • Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
  • 40 marks in total
  • 20% of GCSE

This component is marked by AQA.

Personal Attributes Required

You need to be confident with performing in front of an audience. You should have an enjoyment for the subject and have a knowledge of the skills and techniques for Drama. You have been using these in year 9 already. You need to work hard and work well with others.

Year 7

Experimental music- percussive music and graffic scores

Music theory - rhythm writing

Band skills Ukulele, keyboard and guitar chords and singing

Instruments of the orchestra/programme music

Rhythms around the world 


Year 8

Music in advertising 

Instrumental group skills

Blues and jazz 

Opera versus musicals 

World dance music


Year 9

Rhythm, bass and background 

Instrumental group skills

History of pop music

Film music and soundtracks


Country, reggae and blues


All topics have listening tasks. This involves students listening to different genres and comment on the use of instruments, tonality, dynamics, pitch and texture. 

Students are also required to perform, where they are given music to rehearse on either ukuleles, keyboards, guitars or bass and then play a specified piece.

Finally, students are given a genre or style of music to compose their own creation and then perform. 

Why Should I choose GCSE Music?

You should choose Music at Key Stage 4 if you enjoy performing and experimenting with sound. The composing, listening and performing assessments in year 7 and 8 were just a taster of what is expected studying music at Key Stage 4.

How will I be examined?

The GCSE Course is following the AQA Syllabus which is assessed in 3 sections:-

Component 1: Understanding Music

The exam has listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music and is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Worth 40% of the overall grade.

The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language. Students must be able to listen attentively to unfamiliar music from all four areas of study to identify and accurately describe musical elements, musical contexts and use musical language (including staff notation).

There are four areas of study:

1 Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910

2 Popular music

3 Traditional music

4 Western classical tradition since 1910.


Component 2: Performing music

There will be 2 performances with a minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required.

What will I perform?

One performance must be as a soloist and one piece must be as part of an ensemble lasting a combined minimum of four minutes. The performance as part of an ensemble must last for a minimum of one minute. Repertoire will be determined by the student and teacher. It need not reference an area of study and can be in any chosen style or genre


Component 3: Composing

Total duration of compositions: minimum of 3 minutes. This will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Worth 30% of the overall qualification

What will I compose?

Two compostions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by AQA. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief. Compositions can be composed in any style or genre to best reflect the skills, strengths and interests of the individual students. Both compositions must be assessed on the student’s ability to demonstrate:

• creative and effective selection and use of musical elements

• appropriate selection and use of musical elements (to the compositional intention)

• technical and expressive control in the use of musical elements.

How is the Music course taught?

Lessons will involve individual and group work, performing, theory, composi on, listening and music research.

Personal Attributes Required:

You need to be able to sing or play an instrument to a reasonable standard. If you do not already play an instrument you must be keen to learn one. The music department provide instrument/ vocal lessons on a range of instruments which you MUST attend as a GCSE student. You need to work hard and work well with others. You will be expected to contribute to the ensemble steel band.

How will Music help me for the future?

Taking music as an op on shows employers that you have a wider range of interests and skills than most. It proves that you have shown dedication and commitment to learn a musical instrument and to study music. Furthermore it shows you are a Teamworker- an essential aspect in most employment. Music GCSE is hard work, but equally one of the most enjoyable subjects to learn and succeed in.

Homework Expectations:

There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course. Students will also be expected to rehearse their chosen instrument or voice on a weekly basis and attend additional performance sessions and rehearsals when necessary. It is also expected that those who choose to sing as their ‘performance’ instrument will join choir which will aid their musical ear training as well as giving multiple choices of repertoire for the final performance examination.

 If you need any more information please speak to Miss Stevenson.

Teaching Staff

Mrs Campbell - CAL EPA (Teacher of Dance)

Mr Hulme - Teacher of Music

Ms Keough - Subject Leader for Drama

Ms Stevenson - Teacher of Music

Ms Gregory - Periapetic Tutor

Mr Hill - Periapetic Tutor

Mr Smith - Periapetic Tutor

Ms Wood - Periapetic Tutor

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