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               GCSE Dance
  Information and Application Pack for
        entry in September 2011
        Located at RAD Headquarters,
             Battersea, London

To apply please return pages 13, 14, 15 and 16 to:

RAD Dance School Administrator
Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA
or email to alittle@rad.org.uk

       Applications should be received by Friday 29 July 2011.
   Early application is advised as places are limited although late
        applications may be accepted if places are available.
                                Contents Page


1.    Introduction and previous results                                   3

2.    What our students say                                               3

3.    Course information and breakdown                                    4/5

4.    Staff list                                                          6

5.    Equipment and uniform list                                          6

6.    Term dates                                                          7

7.    Fees                                                                8

8.    How to find us                                                      9

9.    Terms and conditions                                                10

10.   Terms and conditions confirmation form*                             13

11.   Student application form*                                           14

12.   Emergency contact details and photographic consent form*            15

13.   Medical consent form*                                               16

* Please note that when applying all four forms (pages 13-16) should be
completed and returned together.


The Royal Academy of Dance offers first-rate teaching with year-on-year
excellent results. Students attending the Academy benefit from its strong
links with the professional dance and academic worlds. Former students
have gone on to study dance related subjects in Higher Education or in
related areas such as Teaching, Dance Notation, Dance Administration and

                              Previous Results

                 2009-2010     GCSE      GCE AS      GCE A2
                 Grade A*/A    4         4           4
                 Grade B       6         4           3
                 Grade C       1         4           3

                 2008-2009     GCSE      GCE AS      GCE A2
                 Grade A*/A    4         2           4
                 Grade B       4         2           4
                 Grade C       1         4           1

                 2007-2008     GCSE      GCE AS      GCE A2
                 Grade A*/A    6         7           6
                 Grade B       2         2           6
                 Grade C                 1           1

                           What our students say

‘GSCE at RAD is a great opportunity to meet new people and I have learnt so
much here. It definitely stretches you and helps you to understand new ideas.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student

‘Life at the RAD is fantastic and I love doing GCSE here as I get to meet new
people and experience learning in a new environment. It’s nice to have a change
from the classrooms at school. And the teachers here are great and really
helpful with lots of interaction.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student

‘A great opportunity to meet passionate people. I have learnt so many
techniques that have been new to me. It’s so exciting!’
GCSE Yr 2 Student

‘It’s a nice, warm and friendly environment to work in…You meet lots of
different people from all over the place and it is good company to have. I would
definitely recommend this course to anyone and think about coming back to do
the A level courses.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student

           GCSE Dance – Course Information and Breakdown

Why Study for a GCSE in Dance?

    promotes fitness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity
    actively engages students in the process of dance in order to develop as
     effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers
     with enquiring minds
    develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of
     dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating
     and appreciating dances
    develops physical, technical and expressive skills through which students
     are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their
     individual qualities as performers
    develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography
     through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and
     meaning drawn from a range of dance styles
    develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic,
     aesthetic and cultural contexts
    provides progression and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or
     performing arts, including A level Dance and the Creative and Media
     Diploma, and/or a career in Performing Arts.

Students of GCSE Dance are encouraged to develop their previous dance
experience within the two-year course. This experience may be of formal
training in dance classes, or students may bring skills acquired in devising and
performing dance in more informal, social contexts.

The study of dance as an art form contributes to students’ aesthetic and social
development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well-being. Dance
also supports learning across a range of subjects. As performers, students
develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as
well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance
requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve.

As choreographers, students employ the skills of problem-solving and creativity.
Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesise a
number of elements. In directing others, students develop their interpersonal
and communication skills.

As critics, students make informed decisions about the dances they see. They
articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional
dances fulfils students’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic

Entry Requirements/Pre-requisites
Students should be aged 13 and above (in Year 9 at school). Some dance
experience is required.

Three hours tuition on Saturdays during term time, over two years.
First year: 3.00 - 6.00pm

This course focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the use of
dance movement as a medium of expression and communication in the
performance, creation and appreciation of dance.

Modes of Assessment
Practical and written examinations will be held between April and June of the
second year.


Unit 1 – Critical Appreciation of Dance               20% of the total marks
Written Paper
1 hour

Unit 2 - Set Dance                                    20% of the total marks
Practical Examination – Solo Performance

Unit 3 - Performance – Duo/Group Dance                20% of the total marks
Controlled Assessment

Unit 4 - Choreography                                 40% of the total marks
Controlled Assessment

                                      Staff List

Teaching Staff
Head of GCSE/AS and A2 Level                             Gillian Lenton
Course tutor AS Level                                    Janine Streuli
Course tutor A2 Level                                    Michelle Grant
Administrative Staff (Monday – Friday)
Dance School Administrator                               Ana Little
(Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5.30pm,
Saturday 8am-4pm)
Training Co-ordinator                                    Nathalie Delorme
(Monday 10.30am-6.30m, Tuesday 11am-7pm,
Wednesday 10.30am-6.30pm, Thursday 10.30am-
6.30pm, Friday 10am-5.30pm)
Saturday Staff
Dance School Information Assistant                       Colleen O’Keeffe

                        Equipment and Uniform List

Writing Paper
File or folder for written work

Female Uniform                           Male Uniform
Black Jazz pants/fitted track suit       Black Jazz pants with no zips or
bottoms with no zips or buttons          buttons
Black/White fitted T-shirt and or        Black leotard or fitted T-shirt
leotard                                  Optional RAD or plain sweatshirt to
Optional RAD or plain sweatshirt to      wear during classroom seminar
wear during classroom seminar            sessions

For practical classes pupils should have their hair neatly tied back and no
jewellery should be worn.

                  GCSE and GCE Term Dates 2011-2012

Autumn: Total 10 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 17 September 2011
Half term: Saturday 22 October – Saturday 29 October (Inclusive)
Term ends: Saturday 3 December 2011

Spring: Total 11 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 7 January 2012
Half term: Saturday 11 February – Saturday 18 February (Inclusive)
Term ends: Saturday 31 March 2012

Easter Rehearsal Intensives Period
20-30 hours between the following dates:
Sunday 1 April - Sunday 15 April. (Easter weekend 6 - 9 April: No rehearsals)
Timetable and studios to be confirmed nearer the time.
Attendance is compulsory for GCSE Year 2, GCE AS and A2 students only.

Summer: Total 9 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 21 April 2012
Half term: Saturday 2 June – Friday 8 June (Inclusive)
Terms ends: Saturday 23 June 2012

End of year performance: Saturday 23 June 2012

                               Fees 2011-2012
                        Fees correct at time of going to print

         Term                  GCSE Year 1                   GCSE Year 2
Autumn Term               £245.00                       £265.00
Spring Term               £245.00                       £265.00
Summer Term               £245.00                       £265.00
Total Fee                 £735.00                       £795.00

Tuition fees are charged for the whole academic year (excluding examination

1. The tuition fee for this Academic year appears on the current fees list and in
   your letter of confirmation.

2. The tuition fee does not include any extra coaching or external awarding
   body examination fees.

3. The fee can be paid for the whole academic year or in three instalments.

Additional Expenses

The GCSE course fees do not include the following additional expenses:

    Theatre Trips and External Workshops
From time to time during the course there may be trips and workshops arranged
for the students, which require an extra fee. In previous years these have
included visits to watch Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Alvin Ailey Dance
Company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and workshops run by Siobhan Davies Dance
and Henri Oguike Dance Company.

    External Awarding Body Entry Fee

The current entry fee for GCSE 10/11 is £27.75, this may be subject to change
for GCSE 11/12. The awarding body (AQA) will invoice the Academy after entries
have been submitted and the Academy will then contact students regarding
payment of this fee.

    Transferred Candidate Fee

The transferred candidate fee for summer 2011 is £27.75. A transferred candidate
fee is applied when a student takes an examination at a centre other than that at
which he/she is entered for the exam. For example if there were a clash with other
exams during the examination period at their school/college, they would not be
able to sit their examination at the Academy’s headquarters.

The Academy will be contacting schools/colleges regarding clashes, however it is
the responsibility of the student to ensure we are made aware of any clashes,
otherwise they will be liable for a late tranferred candidate application. The fee
for this is considerably greater than that of a straightforward application.
                                How to find us

By train: to Clapham Junction, followed by a 15 min walk or take the no. 170
which stops outside the Academy.

By tube or bus: (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines) to South Kensignton or Sloane
Square. Take the no. 49 or no. 345 bus from South Kensington or the no. 19 or
no. 319 bus from Sloane Square. Both buses stop at Battersea Bridge. Walk for 10
minutes along Battersea Church Road/Westbridge Road to the Academy.

            GCSE and GCE AS/A2 Level Terms and Conditions

Fees, deposits and refunds

1.    Tuition fees are charged for the whole academic year (excluding examination
      fees). Payment can be made in full for the whole academic year or for each term.
2.    Students are expected to attend all classes.
3.    Fees will only be pro rata when a student starts during a term.
4.    Refunds will not be given for non-attendance other than for the reason set out in
      Clause 13 or where the Code of Conduct has been invoked as set out in Clause 25.
5.    Refunds will not be given where a class has to be cancelled and rescheduled for
      the reasons set out in Clause 14.
6.    Fees are currently exempt from VAT.


7.    Invoices must be settled either prior to the start of the academic year or if paying
      by three instalments by the start of each term.
8.    A payment registration form must be completed at the time of enrolment.
9.    Payment can be made:

9.1   By bank transfer to:

HSBC Bank Plc
31 Holborn Circus
Sort Code: 40-03-28
Account Number: 81783521
Account Name: Royal Academy of Dance

      Bank transfers should in all instances reference the student’s ID (which can be
      found on the invoice or the pro-forma invoice) and name. Failure to do so may
      result in the payment being unidentified, the account remaining outstanding and
      the student not being admitted to class.

9.2   By direct debit by completing an appropriate form available from the Finance
      Department, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA.
9.3   By telephone  020 7326 8018 / 8904 / 8017 /8016 for credit /debit card
9.4   By post  to the Finance Department, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea
      Square, London, SW11 3RA for cheques.
9.5   In person to the Finance Department, Second Floor, 36 Battersea Square, London,
      SW11 3RA (Monday – Thursday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Friday - 10.00am-5.30pm on
      Friday) for credit /debit card, cheque or cash transactions.

10.   The Academy will not accept any liability for cash or cheques left at Reception,
      given to teachers or any other persons not authorised to receive money. All
      payments must be made in accordance with Clause 9 above.
11.   From 1st September 2009 the Academy will no longer process payments via Continuous
      Authority due to credit card industry (PCI- DSS) requirements.

Register, attendance and absence

12.   A register for each class is maintained by the teacher and records student
      attendance for the purposes of health and safety and security.
13.   If a student is absent from class for four or more consecutive weeks, a refund of
      90% of the fees paid for the classes not attended will be given on the evidence of a
      medical certificate. The medical certificate must be provided within one month of
      the absence otherwise no refund will be given.
14.   If a class is cancelled due to the sickness of the teacher, a health epidemic or any
      other seen or unforeseen event, the Academy will endeavour to reschedule the
      class. This may be on a different day or a different time or both from when the
      class was originally scheduled, and might involve an extension to the term time
      dates. No refunds will be given in this case.
15.   The GCSE Dance course requires 100% attendance and any student missing more
      than 3 classes per year will have their continuation of the course reviewed.

Late Payment

16.   The payer will receive both verbal and written notice if payment has not been
      received in accordance with these terms and conditions.
17.   The Academy reserves the right to charge interest at 1½% over base for any unpaid

Right to attend, change classes, withdrawal and termination of attendance

18.   If an invoice has not been paid at the start of term or upon enrolment in
      accordance with Clause 7, the student will not be admitted to any classes until the
      invoice has been paid in full.
19.   The Academy reserves the right at any time during the term to ask students to
      leave a class if any fees remain outstanding after the start of term.
20.   Students are required to give one term's written notice if they wish to withdraw
      from the course, otherwise they will be invoiced for the next term and proceedings
      will be taken to collect any debts if they remain unpaid.
21.   If, within the first six weeks of the first term, a teacher advises the withdrawal of
      a student due to unsuitability to the course or if a student withdraws voluntarily,
      the Academy will refund the remaining term’s fees on a pro rata basis.


22.   Physical contact may be necessary by members of the teaching faculty. If you
      have any concerns regarding this matter please contact the Dance School

Code of Conduct

23.   A Code of Conduct for students will be issued. Failure to observe the Code of
      Conduct may result in students being asked to leave. The Academy reserves the
      right to refuse any student prior to or after enrolment. No refund will be given if
      the Code of Conduct has been invoked.


      25. The Academy reserves the right to alter the advertised programme and faculty
          without prior notice. The information in this and any other printed or electronic
          brochure/notice was correct at the time of printing or publication on-line.

Data Protection

25.    The Royal Academy of Dance Group of companies holds information about our
       customers to enable us to carry out our business as a membership, dance
       education and training organisation. This information includes the contact details
       you supply to us and may also include information on examinations, courses and
       student records.

26.    The Royal Academy of Dance Group of companies will not disclose your information
       to third parties outside the Academy Group except where the law allows or
       requires, or where you have given your permission to do so. We may from time to
       time contact you individually about other carefully selected Academy services
       which we think will be of interest to you. The box on the Confirmation Slip should
       be ticked to indicate agreement to take part.

Copyright and trademarks

       DANCE are registered Trade Marks of the Royal Academy of Dance. The use or
       misuse of the Trade Mark, without written permission from the Royal Academy of
       Dance is strictly prohibited. The Trade Mark may not be used in any way, including
       in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials, without prior
       written permission.

Changes to the terms and conditions

28.    The Academy reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time
       providing one term’s notice is given to students.

Agreement to the terms and conditions

29.    Parents, guardians and/or students attending courses are required to sign their
       acceptance of the terms and conditions and return them to the Academy prior to
       the start of a new term. The Academy accepts electronic signatures as if signed in
       the original.

The Training Department
Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA

                      Terms and Conditions Confirmation

I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Royal Academy of
Dance for the GCSE / GCE AS/A2 Level Courses

Print Name:


Student Name:

Relationship to Student:


I would like to receive information about other carefully selected Academy
services in the future (please tick)

                              Student Application Form

Course (please tick as appropriate)

AQA GCSE: 2 Year Course 

Student Details

Full Name:_____________________________________________________

Date of Birth:________________________________Age:_______________
(Please enclose a copy of your birth certificate and two passport sized photographs with the
student’s name on the back)

Home Address:__________________________________________________


Tel:________________________ Student Mobile No:___________________

Student Email:___________________________________________________

Parent Email: ___________________________________________________

School/College Details
Name and address of School/College: _______________________________


Postcode:______________                        Tel:__________________________

Name of Exams Officer (if known): __________________________________

13 Digit UCI Number (obtainable from Exams Officer): _________________

Dance Experience (including styles/techniques studied, recent dance exams taken - please
attach a separate page if required):



How did you hear about the RAD GCSE, GCE AS/A2 Level Dance course?

          Emergency Contact Details & Photographic Consent
This section should be completed by a parent/guardian where the prospective
student is under 18 years old. Students aged 18 or over should complete this section
themselves. These details must be submitted before the student can participate in
the GCSE course, and will be held in the strictest confidence and only used in case
of an emergency. One form should be completed for each student.

Student Details:

Name: ________________________________________________________

Contact 1: Parent/Guardian contact:

Name & Relationship to student:


Telephone Number 1

Telephone Number 2

Contact 2
Please provide an additional emergency contact name & telephone number

Name & Relationship to student:


Telephone Number 1

Telephone Number 2

Photographic Consent:
As part of the GCSE/GCE programmes, photographs may be taken and used in
a range of RAD print and promotional material, including our websites. Please
note photographs maybe kept for an indefinite period and may not be used
immediately. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, this information will not
be used for any purpose other than that stated on the form.
If you do not wish your son/daughter to be photographed, please tick the box: 

                                           Medical Consent Form
           Any personal information provided on this form is strictly private and
                     confidential and for internal RAD purposes only.

Name of Doctor:

Doctor’s Address & Telephone Number:


Student’s Name and Medical Number (if known):


Please list any medical conditions or injuries which may require medical
treatment and/or medication



Please list any allergies and whether these allergies require any specific medical


Medical Consent
(To be signed by a parent for students under 16 years, or by the student themselves if over 16 years)

I, ___________________________ being parent/guardian of the above named
child* hereby give permission for an authorised RAD representative to give the
immediate necessary authority on my behalf for any medical or surgical
treatment recommended by competent medical authorities, where it would be
contrary to my/child/ward’s interest, in the doctor’s medical opinion, for any
delay to be incurred by seeking my personal consent.
NB. Please note that a young person can give their own consent for medical
treatment if they are over 16 years old

Name: _____________________________________________________________

Signature: ___________________________________                                        Date ______________
(consent by student/parent/guardian)

*   Please delete if signing on your own behalf


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