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Dance BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:


Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich


Coventry University


September 2018



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In a professional environment informed by world leading research, we’ll help you to develop your dance skills through a study of dance history, technique, performance and choreography.

Ranked among the best 15 universities in the country for ‘Drama and Dance’ in the Guardian University Guide 2017, we have a long-standing reputation preparing dancers for the world of professional contemporary dance. You’ll be given lots of opportunities to perform in our in-house Dance Theatre and also tour local and regional venues.

We offer fully-equipped dance studios and a rich schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists and visiting choreographers. For example, recent performance projects artists were Christopher Owen (Candoco), Flora Wellsley Wesley (Nora), Matthias Sperling (Siobhan Davies) and Simon Whitehead.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities


Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Course information

This course is underpinned by a focus on creativity, exploration and a professional approach to contemporary dance to enable you to successfully launch and sustain a career in the commercial dance or broader entertainment sector, nationally or internationally.

We aim to develop your understanding of key processes and current practices within the arts through active learning and by cultivating skills in critical analysis of the performing arts in this media led age, both your own and that of others.


of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the basic skills and good practice necessary for acquiring a sound dance technique through a series of movement practices and practical classes. You will participate in choreographic workshops, investigating compositional structures and the methods employed by postmodern dance choreographers.

We’ll explore a range of different dance techniques, including released based contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation, supported by other related movement practises, such as yoga and pilates to maintain the development of physical intelligence.

Basic principles of anatomically efficient movement, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention along with class etiquette and professional practice will also be introduced.


  • Movement Studies 1

  • Choreography Workshop

  • Placing Practice in Context

  • Introduction to Site-Responsive Dance


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.


In the second year, you will further develop physical intelligence, consolidating your kinaesthetic awareness and understanding of the body as an interrelated whole. You will be introduced to the notions of multi-directional awareness in relation to your dancing and examine more dance techniques, including improvisation, the Skinner Releasing Technique and contact improvisation.


  • Movement Studies 2

  • Performance Project

  • Dance Analysis

  • Optional Modules

    • Artists in Education and Community Settings
    • Collaborative Performance
    • Performance, Politics and Culture
    • Dance and the Moving Image


After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

Past students have assisted at Dance UK symposia, helped to archive for Motionhouse, organised a Flamenco festival for a European project, performed with Highly Sprung and assisted at a national gathering for Contact Improvisation teachers across the UK.


  • Study abroad

  • Professional placement


The final year is designed to consolidate your understanding of the relationship between technical skill, personal artistry and performance. You have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of creative work in collaboration with others within our annual festival of dance.

Past students have made film works, created site-specific events across Coventry and in Birmingham, conducted projects with local school children, made choreographic works for the theatre and specialist lighting projects for dance.


  • Movement Studies 3

  • Dissertation

  • Final Project: Collaborative Event

  • Optional Modules

    • Dance and the Moving Image (Advanced)
    • Research and Performance Practice 


The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • Regular technique classes throughout your study in skills supporting studies such as yoga, pilates, ballet and experiential anatomy.
  • An outstanding team of staff who are all practicing professional dancers, choreographers and researchers with national and international reputations.
  • Professional dance organisation, Decoda, is based at the University, offering residencies and curates workshop series, festivals and performance events.
  • Inspiring programme of visiting professors of Dance who in the past have included Siobhan Davies, Helen Poyner, Miranda Tufnell and Caroline Bowditch.
  • ‘Drama and Dance’ is ranked 13th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2017 and 22nd by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
  • Dedicated technical support for theatre and dance performance, wardrobe needs and music technology, as well as a range of equipment available on loan, such as video, recording, sound and lighting.
  • C-DARE hosts national and international dance conferences, symposia and training programmes, including the biennial International Conference on Dance and Somatic Practices and the annual Digital Echoes Symposium.
  • Access to cutting-edge facilities, including: a dance performance space with lighting/sound control rooms and comprehensive and up-to-date technical equipment, two dance studios, theatre workshop space, wardrobe facilities and storage with around 3,500 costume items and 1,500 accessories, dressing rooms and box office facilities.

Your main study themes are:

  • Movement Studies: Helps develop your awareness and understanding of the body as an interrelated whole. Practices are designed to develop ease of movement, flexibility, power and expressiveness. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the relationship of movement to self, culture, and environment, together with how dance and movement can be used as metaphors for finding personal meaning or conveying individual, social, and environmental differences.

  • Choreography: Helps develop your practical knowledge of basic choreographic processes and refines your own practice. We’ll look at various processes – from arriving in the studio with movement material already created and ready to be taught to the dancers to starting from specific ideas or images or asking dancers to create their own movement based on specified tasks.

  • Placing practice in context: A theoretical and historical study of the nature of Western dance performance from the late 19th century through to the present day. You will investigate key practitioners and developments of contemporary dance placed in the context of modernism and postmodernism.

  • Dance analysis: Introduces the different theoretical models used for the analysis and appreciation of dance, including linguistic and cultural studies models. We’ll also address issues of gender, embodiment practices and how the body is represented in dance.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can opt to spend a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad. Past students have spent a year studying at University of Illinois in the US and University Of Tartu, Viljandi Campus in Estonia, Cyprus.

This is a strong, impressive course, which provides a robust artistic, practical and academic foundation towards a realistic career in the performing arts. With an emphasis on studio-based learning with daily technique and practical classes, our course is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, rehearsals, lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.

Throughout your studies, you will be expected to practice class material beyond timetabled time, maintain appropriate fitness levels and read relevant texts and articles to extend your understanding of dance technique. You are also required to keep an artistic journal to map your progress and processes.

Our teaching staff, who all endeavour to make themselves available to support you, embody a broad range of experience and expertise in areas including: somatic practices, dance and moving image, sound and space ensemble, dance and motion capture, inclusive practices, site responsive dance practice and solo dance practice. Many regularly contribute to conferences that are at the forefront of practice and scholarship in the field, as well as performing. Several staff members are Sadlers Wells Associates.

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers from organisations like Dance4 and Independent Dance covering topics such as surviving as a young artist, how to apply for sector specific jobs and how to apply for funding. 

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Rather than formal exams, you will gain your degree through the submission of practical and written coursework and continuous assessment.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Practical assessments: 60%
  • Group practical work: 15%
  • Presentations: 15%
  • Essays: 10%

10% assessed by essays

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: a range of processes by which contemporary dance and related performance practices are made and performed, including the principles and values of appropriate dance techniques and movement practices and forms.
  • Apply the skills, processes, techniques and technological knowledge required for the creation, realisation and management of work as an independent dance practitioner in the UK situated within a global perspective.  
  • Engage intellectually and critically with relevant issues and make informed and clear conclusions which are communicated clearly.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the dance and other performance disciplines that enables a balanced critique, able to evaluate your own and others’ performance practice and work.
  • Engage with creative practice to promote artistic and personal growth.
  • Show a level of professionalism across technical, creative, interpretive and conceptual skills related to dance and related performance practices where appropriate.
  • Show an ability to identify and develop your individual strengths and interests as an independent Dance or Performance Artist.
  • Engage effectively in and contribute positively towards the realisation of a range of creative projects, both independent and collaborative.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: a 1-hour smaller tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 17 hours per week of self-directed studying, coursework and revising in your own time.

The course offers opportunities to apply for international exchange and study abroad programmes, which range from a few weeks to a full year. Currently, we have links with USA, Estonia, Sweden, Cyprus, Italy and France. Our staff team, both permanent and visiting, are all highly respected dance artists or academics with international links and standing. Most recently our students took part in an Online International Learning (OIL) project with drama students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16


and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU020
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB from Dance or Performing Arts DDM in a Dance or Performing Arts. 31 points to include 5 points in Dance at Higher level

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.


A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
      CCC 96 MMM

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.



September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!



September 2018

£14,850 (per year)

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis within the course on your future career; we will inform you about the career structures and opportunities within the independent dance artist sector in the UK and internationally.

From the outset, we will treat you as a professional dance artist. You will be offered opportunities not only to study with professional choreographers and performers, but also to apply for work placements with associated dance organisations, artists and choreographers.

The skills you develop in dance can be applied to any career path – in particular, the confidence gained through performance helps to build social skills and increase self-esteem.

There could be numerous routes open to you – from dancing, teaching, choreography or dance notation, or working as community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated Enterprise Officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.


of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent examples of the destinations of some of our graduates include: employment in professional dance companies, studying at the Limon Institute in New York; developing their own choreographic practice in companies formed at Coventry University; MA studies; teaching in primary and secondary education and in Further Education Colleges; working for companies such as Chisenhale Dance Space, Decoda and Dance4.


Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe, BA (Hons) Dance, graduated in 2014

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.