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What makes Dance Theatre at the University of Worcester special?

Love dance and performance? Our Dance Theatre BA is a new, unique course in which you will creatively explore ways of working with dance, theatre and performance. You will develop your dance skills, whilst extending your skill base to include the exciting emerging forms of circus, aerial and outdoor performance.

The focus of this course is on supporting your development both as a performer and creatively, including on film and using digital media. You will be working with professional dance and theatre-makers throughout the course, performing publicly, networking with various dance theatre organisations as well as learning about workshop leading and tutoring. Our friendly and collaborative approach will help you to form your own company, perform for others or find your own career in the performing arts.



Key features

  • Integration of dance and theatre in exciting new ways.
  • Opportunities to develop skills in circus, aerial and outdoor performance.
  • Attend technique classes in dance and performance.
  • Benefit from the application of theory into practice.
  • Interdisciplinary projects to create major productions.
  • Learn to lead or tutor other young dance/theatre-makers.

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points (for example, BBC at A Level)

Including a Level 3 qualification in a related subject such as Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, English. If you are unsure if your qualifications are relevant, please contact the Admissions office. If you are a mature student returning to education, experience is taken into account as well as qualifications.

The 3rd year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people (payable by the student).

International applicants

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We accept IELTS, Pearson and many Cambridge certificates as a proof of English language fluency on our degree courses, as well as many other English language qualifications.

Undergraduate courses usually require a minimum IELTS of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or Pearson 59 (with no less than 51 in each component) or various Cambridge certificates. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered. For more information, please visit our Language Requirements and Support page.

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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


  • Dance Technique and Repertoire
  • Devising & Physical Theatre
  • Theatre design & production
  • Visual Storytelling 
  • Dance and the camera
  • Aerial technique and contemporary circus skills

Year 2


  • Public Performance 
  • Research & Development for Public Performance 
  • Dance Technique and the Thinking Body
  • Performance and Digital Media 
  • Choreography & Performance 
  • Analysing Performance

Year 3


  • Advanced Dance Techniques
  • Final Performance Project 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Professional Practice 
  • Site Specific Performance 
  • Leading, teaching & tutoring in the performing arts
  • Dance Therapy
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you 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.

Dance Theatre

Develop your skills in our dance studio.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, and practical work. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Practical work, in our fully equipped drama and dance studios, introduce you to the possibilities of lighting, sound, video, and space in performance. Circus and aerial work will be housed in a gym equipped with ropes, harnesses and other appropriate equipment.

Trips to see dance and theatre will inform your understanding and experience of performance, and incoming shows and workshops hosted in our Drama Studios will enable you to meet a range of theatre professionals. Level 6 modules will explore how to set yourself up as an independent practitioner, with appropriate business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop your skills as a potential performance or workshop leader/tutor in dance/theatre.

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

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 contact time will be structured around:

  • 9-12 hours of interactive workshops
  • 3-4 hours of lectures/seminars

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22-25 hours of personal self-study per week.

Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, rehearsing with your group, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

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. 


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time including third year abroad


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

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 teaching team includes professional dance/theatre-makers, whose work has been produced in theatres across the country. The team also includes specialist in circus and aerial performance.

The department is supported by theatre expertise from our technical staff who specialise in lighting, sound and set design. All the permanent staff within the teaching team have doctorates in the performing arts area, and most are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Specialist staff are also employed on the basis of their professional experience e.g. in circus and aerial performance.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments such as work-in-progress performances or draft written work.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as collaborative practical projects, rehearsal logs, critiques and reviews, essays, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent performance project, or research project.

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

  • 3 practical assessments
  • 1 rehearsal log
  • 1 performance review or critique
  • 2 essays
  • 1 staging/technical portfolio
  • 1 presentation

Year 2

  • 1 large group production, plus portfolio of research materials
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 2 essays
  • 1 rehearsal log
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 1 large group production
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 1 project proposal
  • 1 presentation
  • 1 example funding application
  • 1 practical workshop

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework 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.  

Dance Theatre Lockdown Challenge

Our Dance Theatre students took part in an intriguing dance challenge over lockdown 2020

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


Dr Jane George

Jane George's teaching and research interests focus upon devising and contemporary performance, particularly site-related performance. She is also interested in interdisciplinary practice, particularly performance writing and multi-media performance.

Jane has worked professionally as a director, writer and dramaturg and continues to develop her creative practice in collaboration with a number of performance companies and practitioners including contemporary performance company Reckless Sleepers, choreographer Lizie Giraudeau (formerly of Siobhan Davies Dance Company) and Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.

Jane is Course Leader for BA Drama & Performance.


Dr Paul Golz

Paul is an experienced teacher, choreographer, dancer and researcher. Following his initial training at the Centre for Professional Dance Training in Edinburgh he trained as a Graham dancer, however it is somatic based technique that remains his true passion, especially in contact improvisation and creative partner work.

Paul has worked professionally with Misfitted Dance and Birmingham Opera. In 2011, he set up his own company, Ephemeris Dance following his interest in Dance and Digital. He has choreographed work in this arena under Arts Council grants for both his own company and ReadySaltedCode.


Where could it take you?

BA Dance Theatre will prepare you for a range of possible careers, including working as a professional performer. Alongside the creative content, the course equips you with the creative and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to set up as an independent or freelance practitioner. Through working collaboratively across a range of live performance courses, the department facilitates opportunities for students across subjects to work in small groups of writers, performers, directors and technical theatre specialists, facilitating the development of new performance companies. The course also prepares you for leading or tutoring workshops and performances, so future career possibilities include working in performing arts organisations for young people, or the community (such as DanceFest) or to go into teaching. The flexible skills and abilities (such as confidence, creativity, and communication) gained through the very nature of the work greatly enhances your broader employability, and data for 2015/16 graduates indicated that 90% of graduates were in employment 6 months after graduating from courses in the Theatre & Performance Department.

You could also be eligible to move onto the Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre, MA Contemporary Theatre Practice or MRes in Theatre & Performance.

An Aerial Hoop Dance Challenge

Our Dance Theatre students have one month to learn the skills of Aerial Hoop
Two students are walkng next to each other and smiling

Careers and Employability

Our Graduates pursue exciting and diverse careers in a wide variety of employment sectors.

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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 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 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 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 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.

No specialist equipment is needed for this course but comfortable working clothes and footwear are necessary.

Theatre trips and incoming shows are provided and paid for by the University, if the trip is mandatory and integral to your learning. Occasional optional theatre trips may also be available and, if you wish to participate in them, you will be expected to pay ticket or travel costs (around £10 – £15 maximum).

The 3rd year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £108 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £184 per week (2021/22 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

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UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

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