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What makes Physical Education and Dance at Worcester special?

PE practitioners with expertise in dance are increasingly rare, however dance remains a key element of the national curriculum.

This unique degree offers students the chance to study Physical Education whilst maintaining a strong emphasis on dance. It is designed for those who would view dance as their primary sport.

Key features

  • One of the only places in the UK offering Physical Education and Dance
  • Top quality facilities including state of the art inclusive arena, 3G astro, sand filled astro, dance studio, outdoor educational site, strength and conditioning room and gymnasiums
  • A highly relevant, practical degree focused on helping you achieve a lifelong career in physical education and dance
  • Chance to progress to a PGCE 
  • A personalised development programme covering elements of technique, fitness, nutrition and psychology
  • An optional semester in Australia
  • Excellent links with industry and schools

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?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Technique and Performance 1
  • Dance Composition 1
  • Introduction to Physical Education


  • Dance and Gymnastics in Primary Schools           
  • Dance, Health and Wellbeing
  • Language School Modules

Year 2


  • Technique and Performance 2
  • Learning and Teaching through Games
  • Creating Successful Research
  • Teaching Dance in Secondary Schools


  • Repertoire
  • Dance Composition 2
  • Teaching Special Education Needs and Disability PE in Schools
  • Teaching Gymnastics in Secondary Schools
  • Language School Modules

Year 3


  • Independent Project
  • Technique and Performance 3        


  • Professional Placement
  • School Based Placement
  • Dance and the Camera
  • Dance and Technology
  • Dance Therapy
  • 14-19 curriculum
  • Leading and Developing PE in Primary School

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)
  • Seminars and lectures (for example dance science, research)
  • Online learning (for example VLE, OneNote, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Authentic learning experiences (work placement, teaching opportunities)  

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 second 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 four occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You will complete a degree that is highly relevant for a physical education expert in dance. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of PE or dance modules allowing you to customise this degree to your exact needs. We will provide our support, our understanding and our experience. In return we want active, engaged students who want to experiment, challenge and who will never settle for ordinary.

There will  be an opportunity for performance throughout the academic year and during the summer.

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
  • 2 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 - 6 hours of seminars or lectures  

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


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
  • Three essays / reports / reflective writing
  • Two practical activities
  • Two group or individual presentation  

Year 2

  • One or more technique classes
  • Three improvisational tasks
  • Two reflective portfolios
  • Choreographic work
  • Post show discussion
  • One or two practical activities
  • Research poster
  • Teaching episode
  • Oral defence
  • One or two written reports / reflection

Year 3

  • Major independent study
  • One or more technique classes
  • Performance
  • Led practical activities
  • Dance film and associated production notes
  • Two or three portfolios
  • Teaching resource
  • Essay    


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.

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.

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    Dr 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.

  • Rebecca_Foster

    Rebecca Foster MBE

    Rebecca has been teaching PE predominantly in the North of England for over 20 years. She was Head of PE of one of the first six Sports Colleges in the Country. After 7 years of teaching she backpacked the World and did some temporary teaching in Australia and South Africa. She now currently volunteers as Team Manager for UK Deaf Athletics and is currently the course leader for Physical Education and Senior Lecturer for Adaptive PE.

  • Charlotte a lecturer in Physical Education

    Charlotte Beaman-Evans

    Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and the Sports Scholarship Coordinator at the University of Worcester. Before joining the University, she was previously a teacher of Physical Education in a secondary school. A keen sports player Charlotte has played a range of sports including rugby, football and hockey, achieving international status in Rugby.



  • Rachael_Bullingham

    Rachael Bullingham

    Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Course Leader of the Physical Education and Outdoor Education at the University of Worcester.  Rachael’s PhD analysed the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports.  She has recently published ‘Out in Sport’ which offers an up to date examination of homophobia in sport. 



  • Vanessa-jones

    Vanessa Jones

    Vanessa Jones is an Associate Head  and member of the Senior Management Team for the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science.

    She is also currently engaged in writing chapters for the fifth edition of A Practical Guide to Teaching Physical Education in the Secondary School and the 6th edition Learning to teach Physical Education in the Secondary School: a practical companion.

  • Lerverne_Barber

    Lerverne Barber

    Lerverne is Deputy Head and Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (including Recruitment, Retention and Achievement), within the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science (ISES). She is a member of the Senior Management Team in ISES and has been part of the Physical Education (PE) teaching team for more than ten years, having been PE Course Leader from 2008 - 2011.

  • Helen_Hope

    Helen Hope

    Helen Hope is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education. Before joining the university she had taught in secondary schools for ten years and was Head of a PE department for five years. She has previously led the PGCE PE teacher training programme for three years before moving into teaching on the Undergraduate Modular Scheme course.


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; ·

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Education PE Teacher
  • Dance teacher at a private dance school / conservatoire
  • Dance and Physical Exercise specialist
  • Dance Science Researcher
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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 2019/20 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 2019/20 will be £12,400 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 2019/20 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 performances.

There may also be costs associated with costumes 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 £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Physical Education and Dance BA (Hons) - W768



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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