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BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

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College C58


Course Length:

Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.


Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points:  96 - 112

A Levels: BBC - CCC


International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a dance audition (two and half hour practical) designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. Evidence of interest in and training / experience in dance is explored in a paired interview.

Course content

The University of Chichester Dance Department has a well-established reputation for nurturing and developing creative graduates.  With regular opportunities to perform in your own and others work to the public, and being able to see and work with professional choreographers and dancers through our performance programmes in The Showroom and The Studio Theatre spaces, the Dance Department provides a challenging, but rewarding opportunity for you to train and explore theory through practice.

The Dance Education and Teaching programme is aimed at students who know that they want to share their passion for dance with others and teach in a variety of settings such as mainstream schools, youth dance companies, community classes or working with older adults. Developing the core principles of dance technique and choreography are essential to communicating and effectively demonstrating and enhancing creative skills, whilst developing your knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching dance. You will gain an understanding of dance history and consider the social and political factors that affect the arts, but importantly you will focus your studies on a variety of teaching settings and how to plan, deliver and facilitate student-led and community or school-based projects.  You have the option to undertake the Industry Placement module in Year Two and may want to progress onto the PGCE Dance programme upon graduation or further master’s level Dance studies at Chichester.

By completing this course we guarantee you an interview for the PGCE Dance programme subject to you gaining English and Maths GCSEs at grade C/4 or better.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre. 

Dance Studios

Dance Studio     Dance Studio

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre     Studio Theatre

Rehearsal Space

In addition, there is a large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the Academic Building.

Rehearsal Space     Rehearsal Space



The library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your dance knowledge and research. There are a number of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are also:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media and equipment loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Students graduating from our Dance programmes have sometimes immediately gone on to our PGCE (Secondary) Dance programme if they are wanting to teach in a mainstream school or on to the PGCE (Primary) Teacher Training programme.  Some students want to gain further teaching experiences and have gained that at a variety of setting including private dance schools or furthering their understanding as a community dance artist by leading classes as part of after school clubs, in arts centres or setting themselves up as a self-employed dance artist for example.

Employability and progression from the dance programmes are very strong with students going on to become:

  • Dancers within established companies
  • Independent dance artists and community practitioners
  • Artistic directors
  • Choreographers
  • Dance teachers in secondary, primary and college settings having completed their PGCE training
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapists
  • Dance film makers
  • Arts managers and producers
  • Technical theatre managers
  • Dance photographers
  • Lecturers and researchers

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Dance Technique (30 credits) [ballet, fitness, contemporary, contact improvisation]
  • Choreography & Devising (15 credits)
  • Choreography & Performance (15 credits)
  • Movement Studies: Analysis & Awareness (15 credits)
  • Dance History (15 credits)
  • Dance Pedagogy and the Community (15 credits)
  • Re-examining Dances (15 credits)


Year Two

  • Dance Technique (30 credits) [Ballet, contemporary, contact improvisation, fitness]
  • Composing Dances (15 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (15 credits)
  • The Dancer’s Body (15 credits)
  • Safe Dance Practice (15 credits)
  • Dance Teaching – Society and Culture (15 credits)
  • Preparing the Dance Artist for Work (15 credits)
  • Industry Placement (15 credits)
  • Improvisation and Performance or Performance & Place (15 credits)


Year Three

  • Dance Technique (30 credits) [Ballet, contemporary, contact, fitness]
  • Applied Dance: Community and Teaching (15/30 credits)
  • Teaching Dance Technique or ISTD Contemporary Syllabus (TBC) (15 credits)                     
  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Choreographic Projects (15 credits)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Project (15 credits)

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