• Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W500
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts
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Why choose this course?

  Please note this course is only available for year three (level six) entry only.

As a dance student at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your technical and performance skills, explore your creativity, and deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context.  We offer one of the most varied dance degree courses in the UK and you will have unique opportunities to enrich and expand your experience in dance.

Reasons to study with us:

  • You will have daily technique classes, training in contemporary, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, street, body conditioning and improvisation throughout the course
  • All our staff are practitioners with international performance and research experience
  • Our Performance Hub offers outstanding facilities with Harlequin floors and lighting rigs in the dance studios, a fully equipped theatre, recording studios, and a superb library
  • We have excellent links with national and international dance organisations in nearby Birmingham and this will enhance your employability and experience in the current industry
  • Our world-leading research in dance science informs our teaching and supports your health and well-being as a dancer

The course content includes dance technique and repertoire, choreography, film-making, dance science, dance history, cultural studies, dance education and workshop leadership, work placements, and research projects. You will have the following practical opportunities: performances in our theatres (Walsall and Wolverhampton), performing in local and national arts events, joining Le Loup Dance Company (our student company), front of house and backstage training, and participating in work placements of your choice.

National Student Survey 2018: We achieved an outstanding 100% for overall satisfaction for the course, and 100% for good teaching, 100% for academic support, and 100% for learning opportunities. These excellent results are well above the sector wide scores.

Can't decide which course you love the most? Why not look at our joint option... BA (Hons) Dance and Drama.


What happens on the course?

Typically, you will be in practical classes, lectures, and rehearsals for four days a week and you will have one day a week to study at home. You may opt to come to campus to practise in our studios on your study day and you can also use our studios and library in the evenings and at the weekends.

Your timetable will be well-balanced with a variety of practical and theoretical sessions spread across the week to ensure an interesting variety of topics, and time for recovery from practical classes and rehearsals to ensure your best possible performance, health and well-being. Technical and creative practical classes are taught in the week and supplementary training (eg. Pilates, Yoga, circuits) forms part of your programme in order to offer you the best possible current practice in dance training.

Your lectures will often include practical activities, and most theoretical modules include guest speakers and external visits. You will have your own personal tutor during the course, and you can see your tutor and your other lecturers regularly during each semester. The university offers excellent academic support to all students.

An important part of university life is your development as an independent practitioner and thinker, and each week you will have a range of tasks to do (practical rehearsals, training, watching, reading, and writing) to support your taught work and develop your independent study skills. This will include practical rehearsals and sessions in which you explore and refine your technical and creative work.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Dance Practice
  • Introduction to Dance Performance
  • What is Dance?
  • Fit and Healthy Dancer
  • Choreography
  • Ways of Seeing

Year 2

  • Dance Practice: Intermediate
  • Dance Performance: Intermediate
  • Choreolab
  • Dance Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • Dance Research Methods

Year 3

  • Advanced Dancer
  • Advanced Performer
  • Working in the Dance Profession (includes a placement)
  • Crafting Performance
  • Dance Project


During the course you will:

  • Gain the Silver and Gold Employability Awards
  • Have the opportunity to work with Le Loup Dance Company (our student company)
  • Participate in external arts projects (eg. films, live performances)
  • Develop industry links through work with influential regional theatre companies such as ACE Dance and Music, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet.
  • Become proficient in industry-level film-making
  • Work with visiting dance artists and companies
  • Have the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Birmingham REP, the Arena Theatre, Forest Arts, and DanceXchange
  • Develop skills in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • Use the most current technology and equipment in dance science and film editing
  • Have a work placement of your choice

Who will teach you on this course?

The staff teaching you on the course will include Frances Clarke (Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer), Dr Clare Lidbury (Reader in Dance and Principal Lecturer), Danielle Aways (Senior Lecturer), and expert Visiting Lecturers from the dance industry. All our full time dance lecturers have worked as dance practitioners in the UK and abroad, and this wealth of experience is of huge benefit to our students. We are expert teachers and have shared our pedagogical practice at national Higher Education conferences. We are all research-active and disseminate our own research work nationally and internationally and importantly, this informs our teaching on the course.


Potential Career Paths

All our graduates enter employment very quickly after graduation, and go into a wide range of careers. Former graduates have set up their own dance companies, become choreographers and directors, teachers in the public and private sectors, or worked as freelance dance artists. The transferable skills learned through the dance programme have enabled graduates to work in areas such as marketing and retail management, and commercial and performance related activities, including promotion companies and venue administration. Some of our graduates have gone into careers in the army, police force, law, social work, and physiotherapy. Alternatively, you may wish to continue onto postgraduate studies including a PGCE in Dance, MA Dance, MSc Dance Science, or an MPhil/PhD all of which are available at our university.


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Our Performance Hub facilities (on the Walsall campus) are amongst the best in the UK. The main dance studios have sprung Harlequin floors, lighting rigs, curtains to create a white/black box performance space, audio/computer/screen set-ups, and advanced training equipment. The Hub also includes a range of rehearsal studios, a studio theatre, specialist suites for sound recording and film editing, a superb dance collection of books, journals, and films in the stunning library, and beautiful social spaces overlooking our gardens and campus
  • The Walsall campus has outstanding sports facilities including a gym and swimming pool,  performance science labs, and excellent student accommodation
  • The centre of Birmingham is about 20 minutes away by bus, train or car and offers national and international arts events including the renowned International Dance Festival of Birmingham. Now regarded as a major centre for dance in the UK, Birmingham is the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, DanceXchange, and mac (Birmingham), and the links we have with these and other arts organisations give vital networking opportunities for students
  • All the dance staff have professional dance experience and external advisory roles in dance across the UK. We present their own research in the UK, and at international conferences and arts festivals. Staff research was part of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and the research in dance science and health at the university is recognised as world-leading
  • We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have an outstanding track record in dance for our inclusive course

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Danielle Aways.



You will:

  • develop your technical and performance skills to a high level in a range of dance genres
  • explore your creative potential and develop you own choreographic voice
  • deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context
  • gain experience in lighting design and staging in our theatres
  • learn how to present shows in our theatres to a professional standard
  • develop self-confidence in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • become proficient in industry-level film-making, and use the most current technology and equipment in dance science and film editing
  • become more self-confident in using effective communication skills
  • enhance your employability by developing your interpersonal skills in teamwork and leadership activities


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials: You will be required to purchase appropriate dance clothing and equipment.
Clothing to include: leotards (one black and one colour of your choice approximate cost £40),
Black footless dance tights (approximately £15) ,
Unitards/all in ones, flesh coloured dance underwear (approximately £30).
Footwear to include: 1 pair of black jazz shoes, 1 pair of canvas split sole ballet shoes with elastic, no ribbons (approximate cost: £35 per pair).
Equipment to include: A small First Aid kit containing an assortment of different size plasters, and arnica gel/ cream, An external Hard Drive is recommended for your 3 years of study.

Additional field trips: There will be opportunities to attend musicals and theatre performances in London and the UK; students are expected to cover the cost of this (approximately in the region of £10-35 per visit). Trips abroad will be arranged when possible and costs depend on availability and cohort size.

Additional events/performances: Students participate in a range of performances during their studies. Costs will vary according to the type of performance (recital, cabaret, scene study) but every effort is made to ensure that costs aren’t excessive. In some cases, you may be asked to provide your own costume where appropriate (cost depends on items required but can be in the region of £50)

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants are required to hold 120 credits at Level 4 and Level 5 (for Year 3 entry) from either a HND or a Foundation Degree in a Dance related subject.

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Further details can be found at https://www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/4---after-youve-applied/subject-specific-applications/.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.



“Work-based learning modules as well as studio-based modules gave me the skills and knowledge I am now using as a dance artist within performance, devising work, and also managing myself and my time”.

Rebecca Namgauds (2013 graduate) dance artist and award-winning choreographer, working with Marso Riviere, Hofesh Shechter, and creating commissioned solo work.

“The facilities available to students were excellent and the support received from the lecturers was of the highest standard”.

Amy Baker, (2013 graduate), international ballroom dance champion, dance artist and teacher


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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