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BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching

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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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 - 120

A Levels: BBB - 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. This course will require an Enhanced DBS check.

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.

Read our Dance department brochure.


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 1

Daily classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, travelling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop fundamental technical skills needed for university dance study. 

Choreography & Devising

Through a combination of practical workshops and lectures, the module will explore a range of questions and ideas that underpin contemporary dance. 

Choreography & Performance

The module will explore creative, compositional, devising and production approaches characteristic of contemporary performance practice through the development of student-led group performance work. You will be encouraged to consider theme, expression and communication, through devices and strategies used to extend and develop movement possibilities, theatrical modes of presentation and points of view. 

Movement Studies: Analysis & Awareness

This module will be comprised of practical sessions informed by established models of practice, underpinned with theoretical insight to provide context and knowledge. Working with the principles of LMA, the students will develop an understanding of the concepts of Body, Shape, Space and Effort, in theory and practice.

Dance History

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Dance Pedagogy and the Community

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Re-examining Dance

In its exploration of key dance practices, Re-examining Dances provides you with the opportunity to consider ideas that have shaped the dance landscape and have resulted in a range of dance performances; examples may be drawn from the UK or the widening dance field (encompassing Europe, the US and beyond).

Year Two

Dance Technique 2

Learning and teaching in dance technique at this level embraces complexity in development of movement memory, use of timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. 

Composing Dances

This module provides you with an opportunity to broaden your choreographic experience through the development of group pieces using a tutor identified research source. 

Research Methodologies 

Building on the study skills and knowledge of dance acquired at levels 4 & 5, you will develop a model for your future dissertation research project. Focus will be placed on what methodologies and source materials are most appropriate for this project and how to write a research project. 

The Dancer’s Body

This module provides an experiential study of anatomy for the dancer emphasising a somatic approach to perceiving the body ‘from within’ its systems. Students are introduced to the process of embodiment, attending to bodily sensation through direct experience to deepen and inform anatomical knowledge. 

Safe Dance Practice

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Dance Teaching – Society and Culture

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Preparing the Dance Artist for Work

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Industry Placement

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Improvisation and Performance

This module focuses on further development of performance skills and vocabulary from the solo to the group improvisation. The use of spontaneous compositional practice within group situations, relationship possibilities and the development of awarenesses; kinaesthetic, spatial and aural will form the core of issues explored. 

Performance & Place

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Year Three

Dance Technique 3

Daily classes allow you to develop and refine technical skills through reflective practice directed toward performance artistry. Corporeal expressivity manifests the embodiment of breath, flow, weight, skeletal articulation, and use of timing, space and focus required for skillful dance performance.

Applied Dance: Community and Teaching

This module acts as a bridge to the professional world, as you undertake a work placement in a dance related role. This may be within dance administration, technical production or work in the community dance sector. During this placement you will be required to apply your own decision- making skills and exercise your own initiative, reflect on and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. 

Teaching Dance Technique      

This module builds on the experience gained in Teaching Dance Technique to further hone the skills for the effective delivery of dance lesson content to different groups of participants.            


The Dissertation emphasises independent research where you select an area of investigation with the advice of tutors. This may arise from earlier modules studied on the degree.  The research may focus on performance practice, professional practice (i.e. teaching and community dance practices) applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Choreographic Projects

Clear dialogue between process and product allows students to research, direct and develop a work of choreography. Communication of meaning and imagery, development of personal style, dance and music partnerships and use of scenography to support thematic intent are explored in relation to imaginative, project-specific problem-solving. 

Interdisciplinary Arts Project

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International English Studies

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Additional Costs

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