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School of Performing Arts

Dance Science and Performance

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 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 Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 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.


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

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 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field trips - £1000 - All Performing Arts students will have an opportunity to partake in the bi-annual trip to New York, costs vary according to cohort size and programme of events but can be expected to be in the order of £800 - £1,000. There will be opportunities to attend Musicals and Theatre performances in London and across the UK, recent examples: Hair, Kinky Boots, Hamilton, Rent

Additional Events/Performances - £250 - Final performances and productions are by individual design as as such costs in this area are difficult to quantify. Potential spend areas: venue hire; props; costumes; choreographers; sets etc

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

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

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit
  • Rock School (RSL) L3 Extended Diploma in Creative and Performing Arts - grade M
  • UAL L3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts - grade M

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

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

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.

“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.

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website to find out more.


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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