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What makes Dance and Community Practice at Worcester special?

This unique and highly employable course was designed from the ground up in collaboration with professional dance companies, schools, community dance organisations and our own experts in dance.

We take an entirely new approach to dance training that will help you achieve a lifelong career in dance.

Most dancers nowadays have a portfolio career involving performing, teaching and project work, and this degree develops your skills in each of these areas.

Key features

  • A small, friendly course: we believe you can do your best when in a genuinely supportive environment
  • A highly relevant, practical degree focused on helping you achieve a lifelong career in dance
  • A personalised development programme covering elements of technique, fitness, nutrition and psychology
  • Opportunity to gain Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning - the industry standard qualification for community dance practitioners. This qualification allows you to legally teach in schools and colleges (optional / extra costs apply)
  • An optional semester in Australia

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points including GCSE Mathematics and English Language at Grade C/4 or above A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules

Dance experience is essential for this course though contemporary training is not a requirement for this course. We do not require a formal qualification in dance though as a rough guide you should be around Level 5 (Intermediate) or equivalent in any style of dance or be doing a BTEC/A Level (or equivalent) in dance.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for audition and interview.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Dance Technique
  • Dance Composition
  • Delivering Dance in the Community


  • Dance, Health and Wellbeing
  • Scientific Principles of Movement in Teaching
  • Introduction to Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 2


  • Somatic Dance Techniques
  • Facilitating Dance within the Community
  • The Research Process


  • Advanced Dance Composition
  • Learning and Teaching in Dance
  • Inclusive Dance Practice
  • Analysing Performance in Dance
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre

Year 3


  • Independent Study
  • Integrating Dance Practices
  • The Working Professional
  • Work Based Learning


  • Dance and Technology
  • Dance and the Camera 
  • Application of Learning Theory in Dance

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.  A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of:

  • Practical classes (for example technique, dance making)
  • Interactive workshops (for example learning about community dance, dance teaching)
  • Seminars and lectures (for example dance science, research)
  • Authentic learning experiences (work placement, community projects)  

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures whereas authentic learning experiences allow you to apply your learning to real-life scenarios. You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long placement in the third year of the course, supervised for agreed projects by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. However, there are many additional opportunities for learning in an applied context.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.       

You will perform, collaborate, teach, research and lead. You will develop a personalised training program including elements of technique, strength and conditioning, nutrition and psychology. We spend time training you in strong contemporary technique so that by the end of the course, you will be in position to go out into professional practice. We will also guide you into developing and improving your existing skills in individual styles such as jazz, ballet or street.        

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 hours of technique
  • 4-8 hours of practical activities such as dance making or practical application of learning
  • 4 hours of interactive workshops or authentic learning experiences
  • 2-4 hours of seminars or lectures  

In year three there is slightly less seminars and workshops to allow for independent study and placement activities.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24-28 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve:

  • Completing online activities
  • Working on choreography
  • Practice / rehearsal
  • Reading, research and watching videos
  • Working on individual and group projects
  • Preparing for assignments and learning experiences
  • Reflection and evaluation  

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include:

  • Practical activities
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations
  • Project work
  • Discussions and vivas
  • Reports and essays  

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • One or more technique classes
  • Performance
  • Choreographic work
  • Two portfolios
  • Two essays / reports
  • Two practical activities
  • Two group or individual presentation
  • Legal quiz  

Year 2

  • One or more technique classes
  • Three Improvisational tasks
  • Two reflective portfolios
  • Choreographic work
  • Post show discussion
  • Project proposal
  • Two or three practical activities
  • Exam
  • Research poster
  • Lesson plans
  • Short essay

Year 3

  • Major independent study
  • One or more technique classes
  • Performance
  • Led practical activities
  • Dance film and associated production notes
  • Two portfolios, one on career development
  • Reflections on placement    


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.


Where could it take you?


University of Worcester graduates are among the most employable in the UK - 97% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduation. The combination of teaching methods and opportunities for skill development can really help you to develop the qualities that today's graduate employers seek.

Completion of this course could lead to employment in many exciting areas including; ·

  • Freelance performers and choreographers
  • Community Dance Artist
  • Dance Psychotherapist
  • Primary, Secondary and Further Education Dance Teacher
  • Education and Dance Practitioners with Professional Dance Companies
  • Dance Development Officers

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes a mix of academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. We also sometimes bring in visiting lecturers with expertise in specific areas.



Teaching is informed by research and the majority of permanent course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Paul_Golz

    Paul Golz

    Paul is the course lead for both the Dance and Community Practice and the PE and Dance degrees. Although originally trained as a Graham dancer it is in release practice that he found his passion, particularly within contact improvisation. An established choreographer he has had works performed in theatres and other spaces around the country, as well as shown on television and streamed live.

    Paul has worked extensively within community dance, in projects with young people, SEN and disability, adults and dementia. His research interests are around the use of technology within dance, particularly augmented reality and he regularly publishes and demonstrates his work at academic conferences.



  • Camilla_Neale(2)

    Camilla Neale

    Camilla is a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. She has performed professionally for many midlands based companies and now runs and performs with her own entertainment company. Alongside performing, Camilla has taught dance and gymnastics in primary, secondary and further education.




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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2018/19 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses. 

As part of this course we will arrange for you to attend professional dance productions. There is a cost associated with these performances and other optional field trips. There may also be costs associated with costumes, dance wear and hoodies for any performances you may be involved in.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week (2018/19 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Dance and Community Practice BA (Hons) - W378



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Course leader

Paul Golz
01905 855025