School of Performing Arts

Dance Science and Performance

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

As a student on our unique BSc Dance Science and Performance course at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your knowledge and skills in dancers’ health and well-being which is a key aim of dance science.

As a student on our unique BSc Dance Science and Performance course at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your knowledge and skills in dancers’ health and well-being which is a key aim of dance science.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W5C6
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

As a student on our unique BSc Dance Science and Performance course at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your knowledge and skills in dancers’ health and well-being which is a key aim of dance science. In addition, you will refine your dance technical and performance skills, explore your creativity, and deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context.  We are the world leader in dance science, providing the most published research in dance science every year and you will have the opportunity to be taught by our exceptional team of researchers and practitioners. You will have excellent opportunities to enrich and expand your experience in dance science and dance performance, and be able to participate in both world-leading dance science research projects and a range of performance opportunities. A wide range of career options will be open to you after graduating from this exciting and innovative course.

Reasons to study with us:

  • Our world-leading research in evidence-based dance science informs our teaching and supports your own research, and your health and well-being as a dancer
  • You will have daily technique classes, training in contemporary, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, street, body conditioning and improvisation throughout the course
  • Our research-active staff are also dance practitioners with international 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
  • Our biomechanics and physiology labs on campus offer exceptional facilities and equipment
  • We have excellent links with national and international dance organisations including the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science, Birmingham Royal Ballet and DanceXchange in nearby Birmingham and this will enhance your employability and experience in the current industry

The course content includes physiology (anatomy, cardiovascular fitness, strength and flexibility, nutrition, periodisation), performance psychology, biomechanics, dance technique and repertoire, choreography, film-making, cultural studies, opportunities for work placements, and research projects. You will have the following practical opportunities: participation in dance science research projects, performances in our university theatres and 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.

This new course (starting in September 2018) includes some of our BA Dance modules and we have achieved some of the highest NSS (National Student Survey) scores for our Dance course in our university every year and our scores are above the sector wide scores.


Our university is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and we welcome applications and enquiries.


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 or work in our library/study areas 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. strength training, Pilates, Yoga, circuits) forms part of your programme in order to offer you the best possible current practice in dance training. You will develop and refine your knowledge and skills in the areas of dance science and dance performance and increasingly, throughout the course, apply the cross-disciplinary links of both areas to your own practice.

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

Anatomy of Human Movement for Dance

What is Dance?

Fit and Healthy Dancer


Introduction to Performance Psychology


Year 2

Dance Practice: Intermediate

The Dancer as a Performing Athlete


Biomechanics: Applications in Performance

Physiology for Dancers: Theory and Application

Dance Research Methods


Year 3

The Advanced Dancer

The Multidisciplinary Dancer

The Advanced Performer

Dance Science for Performers

Dance Project (dance science/performance related)


During the course you will:

  • Have the opportunity to gain the Silver and Gold Employability Awards
  • Have the opportunity to work with Le Loup Dance Company (our student company)
  • Develop specialist lab skills and competencies in dance science projects
  • Use the most current technology and equipment in dance science and film editing
  • 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.
  • Participate in staff-led international dance science research projects
  • Work with visiting international researchers, dance artists and companies

Who will teach you on this course?

The staff teaching you on the course will include Frances Clarke (Subject Leader and Senior Lecturer), Danielle Aways (Senior Lecturer), and guest lectures with Professor Matt Wyon (Professor in Dance Science and Professor Yiannis Koutedakis (Visiting Professor in Applied Physiology). 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 and dance science research at international conferences. We are all research-active and disseminate our own research work nationally and internationally and importantly, this informs our teaching on the course.

Course specific costs
We will supplement some of your guest workshops and theatre trips each year, but we suggest that you budget £100 for dance clothing and extra theatre trips.

Course Modules

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. Graduates have entered the dance health profession, going on to train as physiotherapists, sports massage therapists, fitness trainers, and run health and fitness clubs. The transferable skills learned through the course 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, and social work. 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!

  • 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
  • All the dance staff teaching on this course have both professional dance experience and are actively involved in dance science research. This is a unique blend of expertise and our dance science teaching has been recognised and endorsed at an international level. We present our evidence-based dance science research in national and international conferences
  • 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
  • Our performance science labs (on our Walsall campus) are outstanding and offer a wide range of state of the art equipment which is used in our world-leading research. International dancers and athletes are regularly tested in our labs for research purposes. We have outstanding sports facilities including a gym and swimming pool, a lively Students’ Union, 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,  Midlands Arts Centre, National Centre of Dance Medicine and Science, One Dance UK, and the links we have with these and other arts organisations give vital networking opportunities for students
  • 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
  • develop your knowledge and skills in the field of dance science
  • learn how to apply dance science components and research to dance practice
  • explore your creative potential and develop you own choreographic voice
  • use the most current technology and equipment in dance science
  • 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
  • become proficient in industry-level film-making
  • become more self-confident in using effective communication skills
  • enhance your employability by developing your interpersonal skills in teamwork and leadership activities
  • gain invaluable networks with international researchers and practitioners


Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £9250 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £9250 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £12000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £12250 per year# 2020-21

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Rockschool Level 3 (RSL) Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an Audition. Read further information on the audition process here

Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

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 for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

“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 working with Marso Riviere, Hofesh Schechter, and currently in the award winning Angels in America at the National Theatre London

“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.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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