BA (Hons) Dance Performance, Teaching & Choreography

Awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

If you are aged 18+ and wish to pursue a career in dance performance and teaching then this exciting and innovative degree programme is for you. This three year degree course can lead to employment, a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) or a Masters Degree.

This degree covers a variety of dance styles and combines university level study with the Diploma in Dance Education from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) to provide the opportunity for you to gain a professional qualification alongside the degree programme, so you can become a registered teacher.

You will study the technique and theoretical knowledge required to teach each genre. You will also develop performance skills in the following styles: contemporary, jazz and commercial dance.

Modules in Year 1 Modules in Year 2Modules in Year 3
– Professional Development & Research Skills
– Introduction to Choreographic Principles & Performance
– Teaching & Technique (1)
– Preparing for Dance Teaching (1)
– Diversity, Culture & History of Dance
– Choreography & Performance
– Teaching & Technique (2)
– Preparing for Dance Teaching (2)
– The Professional Dancer (Technique)
– The Professional Dancer (Performance & Choreography)
– Dance Teaching in Action
– Independent Study (Dissertation)

It is highly recommended that those wishing to embark on a career in performance also add the Certificate in Dance Performance to their study programme in order to fully prepare for a career as a professional dancer.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to attend an audition and interview and are expected to have 112 UCAS points (or equivalent qualifications). They are also required to hold the following qualifications:

  • GCSE Maths & English (or equivalent) Grades 4-9 (A-C)
  • Level 3 qualification in Dance or other Performing Arts subject

We also welcome applicants with other qualifications or industry experience.

For full details please click here.

Additional Information & Costs

Tuition is £6,000 per year which can be paid for with a student loan.

The PCD Certificate in Dance Performance (priced at £1,600) is not eligible for Student Loan funding and therefore is to be paid directly to the College either in full or monthly instalments.

Students have the opportunity to study and take vocational examinations with the ISTD, however, these are not included in the study programme and must be paid for separately. For more details on these options please email

If you wish to enter exams or submissions with the ISTD you will have to pay for these separately at least eight weeks before the exam or submission date. The costs of these depend on the level and genre of the exam and are set by the awarding body with a £5 administration fee added by the College. Entry for exams is at the discretion of your tutors.

You are required to purchase dancewear and books for various modules – a list will be provided upon successful audition.

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