Dance IB Standard Level

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We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code 60007965
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The IB Diploma Programme dance course embraces the understanding that dance is a global discourse. The course is constructed so that all students are given opportunities to study a variety of world dance traditions through exposure to physical practice and observation as well as written investigation. Examining dance from both familiar and unfamiliar cultures and/or traditions develops comparative-thinking skills and deepens students’ understanding of their own culture(s) as well as those of others. The curriculum is designed to challenge students. It draws on a wide range of dance cultures that reflect varied histories, practices and aesthetics.


"Through a variety of teaching approaches, students are encouraged to develop their creative and critical abilities and to enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of dance.
The dance course has three components of study.
• Composition and analysis
• World dance studies
• Performance
The course has an in-built flexibility, allowing the study of diverse world dance cultures and/or traditions and styles. Students are required and encouraged to explore dance from cultures and/or traditions distant from their areas of familiarity"

How will it be delivered?

"External assessment (90 teaching hours) 60%

Composition and analysis (60 teaching hours) 40%

Two dance works composed by the student; total presentation of 6–10 minutes, submitted on DVD (15 marks)

An analytical statement of no more than 800 words, documenting and reflecting upon the processes of composition and analysis of one of the dances (5 marks) Dance investigation (30 teaching hours) 20%

A formal written report, no more than 1,500 words, analysing the similarities and differences between two dance styles drawn from different dance cultures and/or traditions, one of which is familiar to the student and one unfamiliar (20 marks)" 

"Internal assessment (60 teaching hours)

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.

Performance (40%)

One or two dances (solo/duet/group but at least one must be a solo or a duet) in any style or styles, performed by the student to show proficiency and expressive ability

appropriate to the dance, presented at an open showing; total presentation of 3–6 minutes, submitted on DVD (20 marks)

Short programme notes (2 marks)"

Entry requirements

GCSE Dance at Grade 4 and above. External experience of extra curricular and vocational Dance taken into account if not studied at KS4.

While prior dance experience is not mandatory, it is very strongly recommended.

To study our International Baccalaureate Diploma you need to choose six subjects. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action & Service.

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Your next steps...

Your time spent at Parkside Sixth will equip you with qualifications and experiences which will make you desirable candidates for a whole variety of Higher Educational and employment opportunities. Your learning mentor, the Careers Advisor and Head of Sixth will all be valuable sources of information and guidance regarding your next steps and their advice will be supported by resources in the library and common rooms.