This course broadened my knowledge in all areas. It taught me how to look after myself as a performer and provided the space, time, advice and support I needed to experiment with my art.


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    3 years

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    Our course enables you to study Dance alongside another subject, so you can develop your own unique portfolio of skills and interests.

    You’ll spend most of your time in the dance studios where you’ll be supported by passionate and experienced tutors. You’ll be challenged to develop technically and creatively as a dancer and as a performer and choreographer.

    You’ll take part in a range of technique classes, study dance from a historical, social and political viewpoint, and engage in performance and choreography projects.

    96% of our Dance students were satisfied with the academic support on their course.

    National Student Survey 2021

    Why Study Dance?

    If you are excited about embracing all types of dance then this course will stretch your mind and body, helping you reach your full potential as a dancer, choreographer and/or artist.

    The course will challenge you to develop technically and creatively, so that you have the knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of dance techniques and styles.

    You'll bring your artistic flair to life in the dance studios, where you'll experiment with movement, communication and emotion to create compelling performances.

    94% of our Dance students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

    National Student Survey 2021

      All about the course

      You will study a variety of dance techniques such as ballet, contemporary Limon and Release, jazz, dance from the African diaspora, Bharatanatyam (South Asian) and hip hop.

      You'll explore aspects of historical, social and political development in dance.

      You will engage with different ways of creating, presenting and performing choreographic work.

      You'll spend time researching and analysing information about the dance landscape and you could develop an independent study/project on a specific area of interest.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels BCC
      BTEC DMM
      Access 6 Distinctions and 39 Merits
      International Baccalaureate 28 Points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 104 -112 UCAS points

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      You will need experience of in-depth study of any dance style for a minimum period of two years.

      There is an audition that includes a group warm-up and learning a phrase of movement. You will also share a pre-prepared solo of 3 minutes duration. This can be in any style, any music and any theme. There will also be a 1-1 interview.

      UCAS Points

      Module information

      At Level 4 combined honours students will take three core modules. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subjects. and align with the specific combination.

      • Technique and Style (semester 1)
      • Choreography: Mainstream making (semester 2)
      • Dance in Society 1 (semester 2)

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      You will be taught through a combination of practical workshops, technique classes and seminars. You will typically have around 12-14 hours of practical contact time per week. However, there are also rehearsals and practice sessions.

      There are a number of on-line engagements as part of our blended learning. Some modules include different uses of technologies for ‘Flipped Learning’ and there are also directed tasks

      Seminars, live or digital, will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics.

      You'll have regular meetings with your personal academic tutor.

      All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      95% of our Dance students were satisfied with the teaching on their course.

      National Student Survey 2021

      When not attending technique classes, workshops, seminars or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves practice, rehearsal and choreography. You will also be reading journal articles and books, undertaking research, working on directed task or projects and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars.

      Your module tutors will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before each class. For the independent project/dissertation in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team who you'll meet with regularly.

      For every 20 credit module there is 50 hours of contact time and typically 150 hours of additional study time to undertake directed tasks, readings, rehearsals, choreography, practice, research and assignments.

      All staff are practice-led and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. They all hold teaching qualifications and some also hold doctoral qualifications.

      For example, the Course Director, Professor Angela Pickard, is well known as a leader and pioneer in the field of Dance Education. She has published books, chapters, reports and journal articles and has presented her work internationally. She is winner of the One Dance UK Research in Dance Impact award.

      Dr Russell Maliphant is a renowned choreographer and brings his wealth of knowledge of the body and artistic practice.

      Dr Stina Sommerlade is Pilates trained and researches dance fitness and wellbeing.

      Nina Atkinson is a somatic practitioner researching sensory experiences in choreography.

      James Middleton has an established freelance career in East Kent as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and researcher.

      A variety of industry professionals teach on the programme.

      94% of our Dance students were satisfied with the learning opportunities on their course.

      National Student Survey 2021

      The team are passionate about all aspects of Dance Education and Dance. They bring to you their practice, artistry and research and are committed to developing your potential, so you can engage in a dynamic dance community and embark on a career in dance as a dancer, practitioner/teacher, choreographer, researcher or freelance artist.

      Angela PickardProgramme Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      Assessment methods include technique classes, practical presentations, practical demonstrations of teaching, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments. There are no formal exams. There are generally two assessments per module and these are generally one written and one practical, although technique is all practical. The written assignments are related to the practical. There is a longer independent study/dissertation as part of Year 3 work.

      Each module normally contains 'formative' assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and the feedback you receive can be used to develop your module assessment work.

      There are formal or 'summative' assessment(s) at the end of each module. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.


      You will receive feedback on summative assessments. There are target setting opportunities regarding assessments and feedback facilitated by your personal academic tutor (PAT).

      We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in or performance date.

      National Student Survey 2021

      of our Dance students were satisfied with the assessment and feedback on their course.

      Your future career

      Canterbury Dance Company is an auditioned company and engages you as a dancer. You will undertake a number of performance projects throughout each year that include presenting work in different contexts and working with different guest choreographers.

      The Dance Combined worked for me as I was interested in Dance and Sport and Exercise Psychology. This combination worked really well as there are synergies between them. I enjoyed learning more about my body, physiology and psychology and this will enable me to relate what I have learned to many careers.


      Combined honours

      Combined UCAS Codes

      Film, Radio and Television WP53
      Sociology W502
      Sport and Exercise Psychology WC58
      Sport and Exercise Science WC56
      Business Management -

      Combined Honours explained.



      Course specific costs

      Category Description
      Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc)

      Additional travel cost only (as tickets paid for) for trips using local theatres if an enrichment activity. Travel to theatres/exhibitions/events that are not in Canterbury are funded by the School of Creative Arts and Industries.

      If the Global Experience module is taken, there is an additional cost to the student of approx. £150.

      Travel for Placements Where possible, students are placed in a context near their home or within the normal travel distance from home to University. There may be additional travel costs for placements if placed in contexts beyond the normal travel distance from home to University but students can claim the money back after their placement.
      Clothing / Kit A basic dance kit including for example (some items may be related to gender eg. leotard):a number of leggings/tights, leotards, jogging bottoms, T-shirts, socks and sweatshirts to take you through the week. Also soft sole ballet shoes are needed at cost to student.
      Learning Materials If students want costumes and props for Choreography/teaching then these are paid for by students.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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