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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.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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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.


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.


Rebecca Foster MBE

Rebecca Foster MBE has been teaching PE predominantly in the North of England for over 20 years. Rebecca 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. After her year out Rebecca continued to teach in Yorkshire, managing one of the largest Sports Partnerships in the country. Rebecca then went on to become a Teacher Fellow at Leeds Beckett University, where she taught Initial Teacher Training programmes for Secondary and Primary trainees.

Rebecca competed for our country in the Heptathlon (when she was much younger!) and holds a Level 2 multi-event license. She volunteered for UK Deaf Athletics for 12 years, being Team Manager and travelling coach at three Deaflympics.  She currently is a trustee for Deaf Direct based in Worcester and is a support worker for a few hours a month to vulnerable young people.

As a further accolade, Rebecca has been awarded an MBE in recognition for her services to inclusive sport and supporting young people to achieve their potential.


Helen Hope

Helen Hope is a Principal Lecturer in Physical Education. Before joining the University in 2005 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 (UMS) course. She became Head of Department for Sport, Management and Outdoor Education in September 2015 and leads on Student Retention for the School. Helen prides herself in demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning and has won and been nominated for various Student Choice Awards. Helen has a keen interest in transformational learning, blended teaching approaches and the use of authentic assessments, ensuring that students are able to apply their learning in real-life situations. As Retention lead she has developed new processes and systems to ensure that students are supported in their personal learning journeys.


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.

Charlotte is now embarking upon a career in Higher Education having completed her MSc in Sports Coaching Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

A keen sports player Charlotte has played a range of sports including rugby, football and hockey, achieving international status in rugby.


Dr Rachael Bullingham

Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Course Leader of the Physical Education and Outdoor Education BSc at the University of Worcester.  Rachael’s PhD analysed the experiences of openly lesbian athletes participating in team sports, this led to the publication of Out in Sport which offers an up-to-date examination of homophobia in sport. 


Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones is the Director of Academic Partnerships for the School of Sport and Exercise Science (SSES). She has a portfolio of roles which includes the remit for the strategic development and management of academic partnerships with a range of institutions for collaborative programmes. She also manages the Associate Lecturer (Hourly Paid Lecturers) provision and the Staff Spiral Induction Programme. Additionally, she is strategic lead for the Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) and Off-Court Manager for Severn Stars Superleague Netball team, which is a franchised partnership between University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire. She is also part of the PE teaching team in SSES. She studied for her first degree, a BEd (Hons) Human Movement at St Mary's University College, Twickenham and her MSc in Sport and Exercise Science at University Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC).

Vanessa's first PE teaching post was in Telford, Shropshire which was followed by a two year break from teaching, working in the leisure industry. She returned to teaching taking up a post in Pembrokeshire where she became Head of PE in a large comprehensive school and the Associate Adviser for Secondary PE for the county. Alongside her teaching role Vanessa also worked for ESTYN/OFSTED as a subject inspector for Physical Education and continues this work within her current role. She was also the county and regional hockey coach for under 16 and under 18 schoolgirls and was a member of the Welsh Hockey Coaching Committee. She herself played hockey at regional and national league level.

Vanessa is currently Project Lead for an ERASMUS+ collaborative research project which involves 6 other European Partners in developing a Gender Equity Toolkit for Generation Z. This will be delivered as an online platform (MOOC).


Lerverne Barber

Lerverne is Deputy Head and Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Learning, Teaching and Student Experience (including Recruitment, Retention and Achievement), within the School of Sport and Exercise Science (SSES).

She is a member of the Senior Management Team in SSES and has been part of the Physical Education (PE) teaching team for more than ten years, having been PE Course Leader from 2008 - 2011. Lerverne has a wealth of experience in her subject area, having been a Secondary PE teacher, PE adviser and OfSTED Inspector. She has also worked as an Independent PE Consultant leading projects and delivering training for organisations such as the Youth Sport Trust, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education.

Lerverne has played a key role in developing the School's international profile in countries such as China and Japan, for work in inclusive sport and Physical Education. In 2011 she became a University of Worcester Teaching Fellow for excellence in learning and teaching and in 2015 she achieved the award of Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy for her leadership of learning and teaching (SFHEA), followed by the award of National Teaching Fellow (NTF) in 2017.


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.

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