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Dance BA (Hons)

What is Dance BA (Hons)?

BA (Hons) Dance is a unique degree that offers specialist vocational and academic training across a variety of dance genres. Our modules are designed to develop your technical, performance, choreographic and teaching skills, whilst encouraging you to gain a strong sense of who you are as an artist and which area of dance you are passionate to pursue as a career – whether that be performing, creating, teaching or all three. Alongside your modules you will receive regular technique classes in different dance styles, as well as strength and conditioning training to support your development as a practitioner.

A £1,000 subject award bursary is available for this course for 2023 entry UK UCAS applicants.

By the time you graduate, we want you to leave University as well-rounded, versatile dancers who feel confident and equipped with the knowledge of a range of genres that support your professional practice. The versatility of our team of lecturers allows us to deliver a wide range of these specialist areas to the highest of standards.

You will train in our purpose built Performing Arts Centre and benefit from two large, well-equipped harlequin sprung-floor dance studios, a multimedia suite and a devising studio. You will also have access to the University’s fitness suite at a discounted rate, and can also book treatment appointments as part of our sports therapy clinic offer.

Study style

The course focuses on the importance of being open to different vocational styles and industry sectors. Physical training and embodied knowledge are highly valued on this course and viewed as integral to academic development. Theory, history and analysis underpins and enhances experiential learning across all modules.

As you progress through your degree you’ll find out where your passion lies and can specialise in teaching to advanced levels, or focus on performing and choreographing. Compulsory modules at level 4 lay the experiential and academic ground for advanced specialisation in level 5 and 6.

This is an ideal course for those wishing to:

  • study a wide variety of dance styles experientially and academically
  • teach to advanced levels in specific styles and genres.
  • develop skills to perform and choreograph
  • academically and experientially explore different philosophical approaches to the body in dance teaching, performance and choreography
  • study teaching ethics and embodied approaches to dance.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applicants with a pass in a relevant Foundation or Extended Diploma (Level 3 or 4).

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester 72B0 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester 72B0 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Choreographer
  • Performer
  • Community Dance Teacher
  • Community Dance Practitioner
  • Postgraduate student in Dance, Health and Wellbeing, Dance Science, Teaching.

Industry links

Our students participate in regular workshops and masterclasses with professional dancers, choreographers and companies, some of which include 2Faced Dance Company, Motionhouse, Shobana Jeyasingh, Gary Clarke, Alleyne Dance, Aaron Mistry, Ascension Dance Company and Layton Williams. We have an established network of industry contacts across the UK, as well as established partnerships with organisations such as Strike a Light, The Roses Theatre in Tewkesbury and the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. We also work hard to provide work/teaching placement opportunities in a range of company, private, education and wider community settings.

In 2022 we will also be celebrating the launch of our undergraduate company, which will provide our dancers with additional performance training, as well as the opportunity to audition for various works led by our Artistic Director.

Perform in professional venues as part of your journey

Get the full industry experience by performing not only in our purpose built dance studios but also at venues such as Gloucester Cathedral, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Gloucester Guildhall and the International Dance Exhibition, MOVE IT.


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