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BA (Hons) Dance

Benefit from an industry-focused curriculum and work-related learning experiences, as you study in professional studios and theatres, with the opportunity to specialise in disciplines such as aerial performance and contemporary circus.

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    UCAS Code: W500
    Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
    Start Dates: September 2021
    Subjects: Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
    Location: Edge Hill University
    Example Offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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    This degree will help you develop as an expressive dance practitioner with a range of sought-after skills and experiences, including dance technique, performance, dance teaching, choreography and contemporary practice. You will explore contemporary and postmodern dance techniques, balancing your artistic and creative development with studying the theory and analysis of dance, providing you with an in-depth education to prepare you to become a dance artist of the future. Our tutors encourage a culture of performance, both within the course and through our extracurricular staff-led, and student-led, companies, which offer opportunities to participate in technique, creative practice, and performance. You also have the possibility to enhance your experience through access to optional modules in areas such as aerial dance, circus, musical theatre and drama.

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    In Depth

    What will I study?

    The degree is organised into three integrated strands of study, with dance technique classes embedded across the programme.

    Dance Production, Performance and Choreography – This strand begins in Year 1 by exploring approaches to dance making and performance through both tutor-led and student-led creative projects. In Year 2 this develops through further study of compositional techniques and performance opportunities. In Year 3 you are encouraged to work with a professional focus in ensemble production and to develop your performance management skills. This strand includes studio practice in dance techniques.

    Dance Analysis – Alongside relevant studio-based exploration, in Year 1 you will learn to analyse current dance works with respect to historical frameworks. Year 2 considers the body in performance and places dance practice within wider social and cultural contexts. In Year 3, you will develop an independent research project and work with project supervisors to engage with critical theory in dance scholarship to develop your knowledge and understanding as a critically-aware dance artist.

    Applied Dance – This strand explores dance teaching in a range of environments. It involves specific client groups in settings such as education, community, and health and wellbeing. In Year 1 you are introduced to dance in education and community, while in Year 2 you have the opportunity to develop and deliver projects in these settings. In Year 3 you learn to develop a portfolio for your career as an emerging dance practitioner and investigate dance enterprises, including proposing and managing an external dance project. As part of this strand, you will also study relevant dance techniques and studio practices.

    How will I study?

    A wide range of teaching styles are offered, delivered through practical workshops, technique classes, performance projects, formal lectures and seminars.

    Through independent ensemble work and personal research, you will acquire critical and creative skills which will be of use in a wide range of future careers. You will develop a personal portfolio and prepare practice CVs for employment, supported by sessions in career planning. Many of our modules include placements alongside taught sessions, particularly in the Applied Dance strand.

    In addition, award-winning student directed dance companies, including the Hill Start Dance Company and the University’s Hip Hop society, deliver sessions and performance events supported by the University.

    How will I be assessed?

    Through practical and written work, including workshop performances and full productions, essays, portfolios and seminar presentations. All practical work in dance demands theoretical underpinning, so most modules will require either a piece of writing or an oral presentation. You will reflect on your learning in each assessment and summarise your development regularly.

    There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

    Who will be teaching me?

    You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professionally-experienced practitioners and benefit from a wide range of learning experiences.

    Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and supported by a team of technicians.

    A Great Study Environment

    A Dance student holds another aloft during a physical theatre performance.Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

    The Department of Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.

    The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

    To provide you with a wide range of experiences, the department has industry links with a wide range of professionals both regionally and nationally. These include Ludus Dance, The Grand Theatre in Blackpool, Dance Manchester, Lisa Simpson Dance, Curious Minds, the LPM Dance Theatre, Culture Warrington, the Merseyside Dance Initiative, the Artz Centre, Arts Council England, Movema, Mark Murphy and Velocity Dance.

    These well-established links have enabled students to gain experience creating, performing and touring work by professionals including Theo Clinkard, Joss Arnott, Company Chameleon, Garry Clarke, Sally Marie, James Wilton , Alesandra Seutin and Eleanor Perry.

    Students have also had the opportunity to undertake placements with companies including ENB Dance for Parkinson’s, the Wired Aerial Theatre, Avanti, U Dance and The Lowry in Salford. They have also delivered a number of workshops in education and community settings.


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    Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

    DAN1101Dance Teaching in Education (20 credits)

    Dance Teaching in Education guides you through the creation of an applied dance project focusing upon dance in education. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a formal setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice in the controlled setting of the university. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN1102Histories of Dance (20 credits)

    Histories of Dance introduces you to selected histories of Western Theatre Dance, studying theory alongside focused studio practice. The module outlines the development of dance as an art form within Western culture, looking at traditions and innovations in Europe and America. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts, which may include developments of ballet, modern and post-modern dance.  You will select specific artists, styles and contexts to study in more depth, identifying how historic dance practices respond to broader historic issues.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN1103Introduction to Choreographic Practices (20 credits)

    Introduction to Choreographic Practices is a practice-based module which introduces you to dance making and movement enquiry. You will investigate composition, explore relationships and experiment with movement through experiential analysis of contemporary and post-modern dance practice. Alongside focused studio practice, you will develop your abilities in the devising of movement, present short choreographic studies and demonstrate your capacity to outline and discuss your practical and research processes.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN1104Explorations into Dance Writing (20 credits)

    Explorations into Dance Writing introduces you to approaches to  writing about dance which will facilitate your skills in observing, describing, researching  and interpreting dance, encouraging engagement with current dance practices. Alongside focused studio practice, you will watch and write about live and recorded dance performances using a range of practical, observational and textual frameworks to support analytical description and interpretation. You may also investigate wider processes of dance documentation, such as writing reviews, journals or reflection.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN1105Introduction to Dance Making and Performance (20 credits)

    Introduction to Dance Making and Performance further develops your skills in devising and creating dance. You will engage in the making, rehearsal and performance of a small-scale dance piece under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module focuses on areas such as developing performance and technical ability, as well as considering intentional points such as creating from an improvisational, conceptual or thematic/issue base. Throughout the devising period, you will explore approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for public performance of the dance work.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN1106Teaching Dance in the Community (20 credits)

    Teaching Dance in the Community is a project-based module where you will be guided through the creation of an applied dance project focusing on a range of informal community settings. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a chosen setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

    Assessment: Coursework: 35%, Practical(s): 65%.

    Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of DAN1106 Teaching Dance in the Community.

    Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

    DAN2101Devising Projects in Education and Community (20 credits)

    Devising Projects in Education and Community gives you the opportunity to demonstrate independence and entrepreneurship in the creation of an applied dance project. You will visit and assess a community or education setting and then devise and plan an appropriate project for that client group. You will present this as an industry-style proposal, complete with an associated scheme of work, engaging in creative and innovative approaches to dance practice and demonstrating an aptitude for decision making and flexibility when working within a group. During the planning of this venture, you will incorporate and understand effective dance principles alongside focused studio practice.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN2102Body and Performance (20 credits)

    Body and Performance examines current perceptions of performance through expanding your knowledge, understanding and experience of the body in relation to studio practice. Underlying this is the principle that as you develop your sense of self awareness, you are more able to adapt artistic practice to a variety of diverse settings, in particular those associated with health and wellbeing. You will explore how and why the body has been objectified in both medical/health and performance contexts and consider implications for the development of modern health systems and performance practices.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN2103Cultural Perspectives in Dance (20 credits)

    Cultural Perspectives in Dance extends your understanding of current dance practice by exploring cultural aspects of global, social and popular dance. Alongside focused studio practice in relevant dance forms, you will critically investigate current scholarship, theories and methods which contextualise the cultural significance of social dance traditions and practices. This will develop your scope for reading dance practices within social contexts and extend your understanding and application of critical analysis from a range of written and practical sources.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN2104Choreographic Practices 2 (20 credits)

    Choreographic Practices 2 expands your understanding of dance making for performance under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module will enable you to broaden your potential as an artist and performer through practice in dance work. Alongside focused studio practice, you will engage in analysis of practices, forms and aesthetics of dance which enable you to contextualise your movement enquiry and apply compositional skills as practiced by the professional artist. Devising dance and theatre which draws from cultural contexts and/or concepts such as popular culture, identity, locality, society and non-Western dance practice, you will explore and apply approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for creating and choreographing a final piece of dance work which you will present in a public performance.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    You will select two of the following modules:

    CIR2103Contemporary Circus (20 credits)

    Contemporary Circus provides a broad-based introduction to the diverse contemporary field of circus, allowing you to develop a basic level of circus skills in the context of a thorough historical and social exploration of the significance of contemporary circus. The module focuses in particular on the current state of the field of circus arts and the multiple forms and guises in which circus appears in contemporary culture. This will include developing your awareness of the breadth of potential employment opportunities within the growing field of clowning, in addition to furthering your understanding of the routes and means by which those employment opportunities could be attained.

    Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

    CIR2104Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits)

    Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground introduces you to the core skills (physical, technical and creative) in aerial performance and familiarises you with the evolution of contemporary aerial performance. You will also be taught the correct use of basic aerial equipment and different types of harness and discover their uses in performance. The module has a particular focus on the physical training and skill acquisition necessary to perform bungee-assisted dance, with some time dedicated to learning about the specialised equipment involved. You will also receive a comprehensive outline of the evolution of aerial dance and undertake independent research into contemporary practices in aerial performance.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    CIR2105Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits)

    Aerial Circus Performance introduces you to the practical, creative and safe acquisition of aerial skills in the context of contemporary circus. Due to the severe technical demands of aerial circus performance, this module will be heavily weighted towards physical skill development. A training regime will run alongside skills tuition in order to increase personal strength levels to help execute the techniques you will learn. A range of traditional circus equipment will be used to encourage the transference of skills between different but related apparatus. Alongside the development of skills, you will also learn to interpret and analyse aerial circus performance in relation to the history of circus and its evolution in the twentieth century.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN2105Dance Making and Performance 2 (20 credits)

    Dance Making and Performance 2 progresses from an initial group focus of exploring dance practice and theatre in relation to a range of cultural frameworks to offer you the opportunity to engage with independent creative projects. This will enable you to investigate your creative and contextual ideas in the process of devising choreography. You will work in the role of choreographer or co-choreographer, synthesising research into practice to create choreography for public performance. As a collaborative group, you will be responsible for in-house promotion of your performance events and the scheduling of both technical and dress rehearsals. Focused studio practice sessions will facilitate the continued development of your dance practice.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN2106Teaching Practice (20 credits)

    Teaching Practice is a project-based practice module in which you are expected to demonstrate independence and entrepreneurship in the delivery of an applied dance project. You will gain an understanding of, and develop, effective dance principles, alongside focused studio practice. You will implement a project in your chosen setting and document this using industry models for evaluating applied dance. You will be assisted in fieldwork by working from a menu of client groups who have been contacted and briefed by the programme team.

    Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

    DAN2107Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits)

    Dance Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of contemporary dance theatre. The module explores choreographic and creative strategies while also enabling the acquisition and development of embodied knowledge and skills through the context of a tutor-led production. Relevant historical, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives will be considered and you will be required to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PFA2101Site-Specific Performance (20 credits)

    Site-Specific Performance enables you to engage with the practice and theory of site specific performance. In this context, site specific is used as a generic term relating to work that arises from and responds to its immediate environment and surroundings outside of the traditional theatre context. The various forms and categories of response to site will be addressed and can be expected to include dance, performance, multimedia installation, art installation, and scenography. You will participate in workshops concerning devising for, and performing in, various spaces. The module culminates in practical site-specific work and the submission of a viva providing evidence of the influences and objectives of the performance, as well as the significance of your research.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

    Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

    DAN3101Researching Dance (20 credits)

    Researching Dance offers you the opportunity to initiate research into an area of study that supports your personal interests and strengths in relevant performance, dance and/or movement practices. You will identify areas of inquiry, explore methodologies and sources, develop skills in writing a researched industry-style project proposal, and investigate relevant  practices, practitioners, and methods which inform current practice. You will also engage in professional development practices which are designed to enhance your graduate employability skills.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    DAN3102Dance Techniques 1 (20 credits)

    Dance Techniques 1 develops your movement skills and techniques in addition to expanding your potential as an emerging dance professional. A combination of sessions relevant to current dance practice from the Western tradition are complemented by relevant cultural and popular forms. This experience will be underscored and widened through the study of experiential anatomy and holistic approaches to the moving body.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN3103Dance Making and Performance 3 (20 credits)

    Dance Making and Performance 3 involves collaborating with current professional practitioners in dance making for performance in theatre and non-theatre settings. You will engage with visiting artists and/or external venues and experience an interdisciplinary approach to dance making and performance. The aim of the module is to nurture your development as an artist through gaining authentic experience of current practice and the processes involved in realising performance work. There is also the opportunity to engage in processes that underpin the making and performance of dance work such as costume, lighting, tour development and management, locating and assessing settings for site work.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PAR3104Dissertation (20 credits)

    Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    You will select two of the following modules:

    CIR3103Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits)

    Circus and Silent Movies enables you to research specific topics relating to physical comedy and clowning. You will analyse an aspect of physical comedy practice and demonstrate considerable depth of knowledge and understanding of its past and present forms. You will subsequently apply this research and relevant performance methodologies to the devising of a group or individual physical comedy performance. In doing so, the aim is to extend basic clowning skills and encourage you to develop your own imaginative and creative visions within the field of comic performance.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    CIR3104Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits)

    Independent Aerial Projects is a module that enables you to develop your personal vision of aerial performance and explore this creatively in the context of contemporary practice. A written proposal/outline for a project will be required, detailing the main aims, creative ideas and type of apparatus that you wish to focus on. You will be guided and assisted through the creative process with technical and artistic support. On completion of the project, you will be invited to discuss and share aspects of your research and explain the critical perspectives adopted.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN3104Jazz Dance (20 credits)

    Jazz Dance introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of jazz dance, studying the historical context of the form alongside focused studio practice. The module interrogates jazz dance from a traditional perspective, looking at its origins in New Orleans, to its development as concert dance in New York, and its impact on American theatre dance. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts. This will include tap dance, social/concert dance, and modern jazz dance influences.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    DAN3105Dance Techniques 2 (20 credits)

    Dance Techniques 2 gives emphasis to your own command over your individual artistry and engages with frameworks of specific techniques and practices through a combination of enhanced dance sessions and workshops. The techniques and practices studied will include genres such as contemporary, post-modern, somatic practice, jazz, hip-hop, and improvisation, in addition to focusing on performance in set scores/repertoire. The aim of the module is to support you in efficiently and reflectively implementing your anatomical and technical engagement to embody diverse dance practices. Providing a range of overlapping approaches to movement and dance will give you a rich palette from which to source your work, developing your unique potential as a mover and practitioner and encouraging self-reflection.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PAR3106Arts and Enterprise (20 credits)

    Arts and Enterprise is a theory and practice-based module where you are expected to demonstrate independence in the creation and implementation of an applied performance project. You will utilise skills of an independent practitioner, such as enterprise, pitching for work, project management and the articulation of current arts funding and strategies involved in the planning and delivery of a project. You will devise and deliver projects in a real world context and experience challenges in unfamiliar settings which will enhance your skills in problem solving, negotiation, collective decision making and liaising with client groups.

    Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

    PFA3103Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits)

    Installation and Immersive Performance explores and interrogates contemporary, innovative and avant-garde practice in areas such as video art, installation art, performance art and immersive performance. The module will develop an advanced knowledge and critical perspective on specific areas of your choice within the subject area and provides you with the opportunity to create live art work manipulating your own creative relationship between ‘body’, visual technologies, critical scenographies and live performance. The aim is to challenge the conventional definitions and boundaries of current understanding of what constitutes performance.

    Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

    PFA3108Dancing Anarchy (20 credits)

    Dancing Anarchy analyses non-mainstream dance practice and examines its relationship with established and traditional forms. The module questions how dance might be deployed in the service of specific political, social and cultural agendas. Using a wide range of non-mainstream performance practices, you will analyse and create hybrid forms of dance. You will also develop dance-performance vocabulary in terms of appreciating and producing dramatically visual choreography.

    Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

    If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

    Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.

    In addition to the optional module choices listed above, it may be possible to apply to take an alternative 20 credit module in Year 2 and/or an alternative 20 credit module in Year 3 from outside the programme curriculum. Some restrictions on this elective module choice may apply.


    Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


    Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

    Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

    Entry Criteria

    Entry Requirements

    Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Dance. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in dance.

    Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition.

    If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

    Example Offers

    Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

    • A Level: BBC-BBB;
    • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
    • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

    Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

    As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

    For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/offers.

    EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at www.edgehill.ac.uk/eu.

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

    English Language Requirements

    International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

    If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

    Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

    If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

    Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fastrack.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

    Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

    Career Prospects

    What are my career prospects?

    On successful completion of this programme you will possess a range of skills, knowledge and experience that are applicable to employment opportunities in the arts sector and beyond. You will graduate ready to secure a career as a performer, educator, choreographer or portfolio artist.

    The Department of Creative Arts’ key industry links both regionally and nationally enable our students to prepare for their careers, gain experience creating, performing and touring work by highly-acclaimed professionals, as well as undertaking work placements with reputable dance companies and theatres.

    Our Employers’ Advisory Panel (EAP) provides advice and support with curriculum development. Alongside this, the EHU-Arts Hub offers a suite of professional opportunities and ‘real world’ experiences that enable you to become industry-ready by engaging in work-related projects, placements and professional briefs.

    Students have also gained valuable employability experience by working on dance projects and delivering workshops in education and community settings.

    How can I enhance my employability?

    It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

    Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

    • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
    • Erasmus+ and Study Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
    • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study;
    • Elective Modules – you may be able to apply to substitute one optional module in Year 2 and/or one optional module in Year 3 with alternative elective modules from outside the programme curriculum.

    Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


    Tuition Fees

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum (subject to final Government approval).

    Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2021/22 are £12,500 per annum. Exemptions apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK full-time tuition fee rate.

    If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module (subject to final Government approval). 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree. EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.

    The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

    Financial Support

    Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

    For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide for your intended mode of study.

    EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

    Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


    Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

    These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

    An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding A Level and BTEC grades.

    To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.


    How to Apply

    If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com. Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyucas to find out more about the application process.

    If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at www.edgehill.ac.uk/apply-part-time.

    Further information for international students about how to apply is available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyinternational.

    Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

    Visit Us

    If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at www.edgehill.ac.uk/opendays.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at www.edgehill.ac.uk/visitus.

    Request a Prospectus

    If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at www.edgehill.ac.uk/undergradprospectus.

    Get in Touch

    If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

    International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

    Course Changes

    Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

    9th January 2020 - New Module Added

    PFA2101 Site-Specific Performance (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2.

    22nd January 2019 - Change to Entry Requirements

    112-120 UCAS Tariff points are required to join this programme with effect from September 2020 entry.

    15th January 2019 - Withdrawal of Module

    TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 1.

    Covid-19 - Dance Essential Information

    Dance Course Statement

    Weekly delivery will consist of six hours of on-site teaching supported by six hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial, lecture, practical work) and asynchronous (lecture, rehearsal, practical work) learning activities and academic support. Where modules would usually include a placement alongside taught sessions, the latter may not happen in academic year 2020/21. Full-scale productions in front of a live audience are also unlikely, replaced by smaller pieces with no audience, in line with government guidance. The Arts Centre's offering will be limited at least in the autumn semester with no live performances.

    Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

    In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

    Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

    In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.