Expressive and Performing Arts At Stockport Academy

Course Details

Year 7

Autumn Term

Physical skills- what makes a good performance

Spring Term

Capoeira- choreography task

Bollywood- choreography Structuring devices/choreographic devices

Summer Term

Shadows- Looking at a professional dance work through movement, production and choreography.

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Year 8

Autumn Term

Physical skills &what makes a good performance, using dance actions.

Spring Term

Street Dance - Choreography- technical skills

Contemporary/ Street Dance Choreography- structuring devices and choreographic devices

Summer Term

Infra- Looking at a professional dance work through movement, production and developing choreography.

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Year 9

Autumn Term

Performance skills, safe practice and Shift GCSE set phrase

Spring Term

Eof E and Using a stimulus GCSE choreography task

Summer Term

Alinha Curva and Breathe GCSE set phrase

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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: Frantic Assembly - Physical Theatre

Spring Term 2: The Tempest

Summer Term 1: Silent Movies

Summer Term 2: Performing Comedy

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Year 8

Autumn Term 1: 4 O'Clock Friday - Exploring A Stimulus

Autumn Term 2: Little Red Riding Hood

Spring Term 1: Hillsborough Disaster

Spring Term 2: Status

Summer 1: TIE Projects

Summer 2: Exploring Scripts

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Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Warden X - Whole Class Drama

Autumn Term 2: Hit and Run- Issue based Drama

Spring Term 1: Intro to Devising (Mini GCSE Project)

Spring Term 2: Devising Drama (Mini GCSE Project)

Summer 1: Exploring Scripts (Mini GCSE)

Summer 2: Exploring Scripts (Mini GCSE)

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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

Keyboard and theory

Instrumental group skills

Instruments of the orchestra


Musical Theatre

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Year 8

Music in advertising 

Keyboard and music theory


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Year 9

Musical Theatre


Band skills

Film music and soundtracks

History of pop music

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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 Eduqas Syllabus which is assessed in 3 sections:-

Component 1: Performing music

Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

30% of qualification

72 marks

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. One of the pieces performed must be linked to specific aspects of musical content within one of the four areas of study. All learners are required to perform one ensemble piece and when this is linked to area of study 2, Music for Ensemble, the piece must be related to one of the specific genres or styles covered in this area of


There are four areas of study:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of study 4: Popular Music


Component : Composing

Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes

Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated

30% of qualification

72 marks


What will I compose?

1. A composition which responds to a brief set by WJEC. The brief will be

released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the

assessment is to be taken. Learners select one from a choice of four briefs,

each related to a different area of study:

Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

Area of study 3: Film Music

Area of study 4: Popular Music.


2. A free composition. Learners will compose a piece of music in a style of their

own choice. Learners will set their own brief for this composition. The brief

itself is not assessed; however, learners are assessed on their musical

response to the brief.

In both compositions, learners will be expected to display:

·         creativity in response to the chosen brief

·         development of musical ideas

·         technical control of musical elements and resources

·         musical coherence and understanding.


Component 3: Understanding Music

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

40% of qualification

96 marks

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).


How is the Music course taught?

Lessons will involve individual and group work, performing, theory, composition, 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)

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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