Dance (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Oxstalls, Gloucester

Develop your dance techniques, performance, choreography and teaching skills while exploring the development of different dance forms.  As you progress through the degree, you can decide whether your passion and skills lie in performing, teaching or choreographing, or a combination of these and select optional modules to tailor your learning accordingly. Alongside core modules, we offer technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, music and somatic practices. 

Each year you will have the opportunity to perform and you can tailor the course to suit your chosen career path in years two and three. You will benefit from at least 20 hours of tutor contact time each week during term time. You will develop your performative and creative skills, gaining an understanding of the development of dance and its relationship to other art forms.

You will learn in our newly-built Performing Arts and Events Centre and benefit from two large, well-equipped harlequin sprung-floor dance studios, a multimedia suite and a devising studio.  You will also have the opportunity to achieve dance awards through the internationally recognised Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and to gain professional qualifications for dance teaching in both in the private sector and community.

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Study style

BA (Hons) dance is a unique degree that offers vocational and academic training in contemporary dance, holistic models of teaching, commercial styles and classical Ballet. Jazz and tap also underpin this diverse training. This programme is suited to those who wish to pursue a career in teaching, performing and choreography. 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 will find out where your passion lies and can specialize in teaching to advanced levels, or focus on performing and choreographing. Compulsory modules at level 4 lay the experiential and academic ground for advanced specialization 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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Commercial Dance Techniques' to 'The Healthy Dancer'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don't always tell the whole story), we make offers following an audition instead of using tariff points.

You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that's A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

Once you apply, we will invite you to audition so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

Check out our Audition Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-time72B0


  • Teacher
  • Community Dance and Well-being artist
  • Choreographer/Performer
  • Somatic Movement Dance Educator and Therapist
  • Post-graduate study in Dance, Health and Well-being
  • Dance Science
  • Choreography and Dance Movement Psychotherapy

Industry links

Our students have participated in workshops with dance companies, professional organisations and experts such as Motionhouse, Ace Dance Company, GDance, Barbara Segal (Baroque Dance), The Roses (Tewkesbury) and The Everyman (Cheltenham).   Opportunities will include working with professional choreographers and dancers as well as undertaking work-based learning in a range of settings.

Performing arts studios

Learn in newly built and fully-equipped studios

Our new, state-of-the-art Performing Arts and Events Centre boasts two well-equipped dance studios with a harlequin sprung-floor, a multimedia suite and a devising studio.

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Achieve ISTD DDE Teaching Qualification alongside your degree

While you're working towards your degree, you'll also have the opportunity (subject to audition) to achieve the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Diploma in Dance Education. This is a unique opportunity to obtain this internationally-recognised dance accreditation as part of your study.

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Develop skills in a range of dance practises

Alongside core modules, you will be able to develop your skills through specific technique classes. These include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary dance, music and somatic practices.

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