Awarded By: Currently under review
Duration: 3 years, full-time
Levels: Level 4, Level 5, Level 6
Last Updated: 23-02-21

An exciting and innovative BA (Hons) degree, this course is designed to prepare you for employment as a dance teacher, performer or choreographer within the independent sector.

The degree covers a wide variety of dance styles and combines the work required to achieve the Diploma in Dance Education (ISTD) within many of the modules. This gives you the opportunity to gain a recognised professional dance qualification alongside a BA (Hons) degree and gain registration with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

Learning in a professional environment, within industry standard facilities, the highly experienced tutors have strong links to industry, with many having achieved the highest level qualifications within their specialist fields, as well as having already enjoyed thriving performance careers, both nationally and internationally.

As a Preston’s College Dance student you will have access to a number of optional, additional courses and opportunities throughout your time with us in order to further develop your skills as a performer and enhance your employment opportunities. Examples include workshops and masterclasses with a range of guest lecturers, in-house performance training as part of the certificate in Dance Performance, additional ISTD qualifications, RAD Ballet Access Route, residential trips and theatre visits.


The BA (Hons) Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography is designed to develop three main areas: Performance, Teaching and Choreography. 

You will work with a range of dance lecturers in order to develop your skills as a performer and will cover genres such as; Classical Ballet, Commercial, Contemporary, Jazz and Tap. You will choose two genres to focus on from a teaching and technique perspective and these may be chosen from Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap. You will look at the underpinning theories and practices related to the teaching of dance and will develop your skills as an independent teacher. In order to develop your choreography skills you will study a range of influential choreographers and performers in depth, whilst also developing your own ability to create both solo and group pieces.

For the full course specification, please visit the Higher Education section of our website, available here.


The BA (Hons) Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography is delivered through a range of practical workshops, technique classes, lectures, discussions and 1:1 tutorials. Practical classes and workshops will be housed in the industry standard dance studios here at Preston’s College Dance. A range of technology to support the learning process will also be employed.


Assessment methods vary from module to module, with a broad range of assessment techniques being utilised. As a highly practical course, assessment methods include performances, journals, portfolios and the more traditional assessment methods of assignments and exams.


Many of our graduates have gone on to enjoy long and successful careers in performance, before embarking upon a career in teaching. Opportunities to work internationally have increased, and many work visas now require a full honours degree.

A wide range of exciting opportunities are available for successful graduates, with work often being sought in film and TV, onboard some of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships, within entertainment teams at international hotels and within film, television and theatre choreography roles.


Awarded by: Currently under review

Mode of Study: 3 years, full-time

Tuition Fee: Year 1 (2021/22): £6,000 Year 2 (2022/23): £6,000 Year 3 (2023/24): £6,000

Additional Costs: You are required to purchase the following compulsory items for the course: Dancewear (approx. £200-£300) and course books (approx. £100). You are also required to cover any printing costs and travel expenses to your placements.

Optional Extras: There is a London Residential and Move It trip at a cost of £275 and a trip to New York at a cost of £1,250. You also have the option to undertake the Certificate in Dance Performance at a cost of £1500pa (this includes weekly technique classes and visiting guest workshops throughout the year for students wanting a greater focus on performance). The degree has recognition from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), meaning there are also additional opportunities to study the RAD access course alongside your degree course. The RAD course costs an additional £2,000. You may also undertake additional ISTD Examinations - costs will depend on the level and number of exams taken.

Additional Information: Applicants must attend an audition/interview day.

Location of study: Preston's College, Fulwood Campus (except trips and visits)

Minimum numbers required for this course to run: 8


Preston’s College operates a flexible admissions policy, welcoming applicants with a wide range of qualifications and/or experience, with each application assessed on its own merit. We also recognise prior learning/attainment (RPL) and experience, meaning it may be possible to map some of your existing qualifications against the modules for the BA (Hons) Dance Performance, Teaching and Choreography qualification.

If this applies to you, we will discuss this with you at the interview and audition stage.

Applicants must attend an audition/interview day.

For students who have recently been in education, we would typically expect an applicant to have 112 UCAS points or the following:

A-Levels: No specific subject requirements but A-levels need to be equivalent to 112 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM
BTEC Diploma: D*D*
Other qualifications: Level 3 Vocational Dance qualification with recognised awarding bodies at grade Merit or above
GCSE: English and Maths GCSE grade C/grade 4 or equivalent

*A good application/audition/performance will be taken into account, if you do not meet the entry criteria/conditions.

International students

You may need to apply for a Tier 4 visa in order to enter and study in the UK. However, please note that Preston’s College does not hold a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence to support student visa applications.