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BA (Hons)
Dance and Fitness

This exciting and unique programme focuses on the integration of dance and fitness. You'll spend time looking into areas such as commercial jazz and lyrical dance movement, as well as aerobics and personal training. You'll be able to take professional fitness qualifications.

Qualification: BA (Hons)

UCAS code: WC56

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

On this dynamic degree programme, you’ll be able to combine your passion for dance and movement with an interest in health, the body and fitness. Bucks has a number of excellent facilities including a brand new Human Performance lab, a gym and several dance studios. You’ll spend time focusing on the strategy and delivery of a number of dance forms and develop entrepreneurial skills to help you make the most of your talents in this exciting and progressive industry.

What will this course cover?
During this course you’ll study commercial dance techniques, alongside choreography, dance science, business, and aerobics. Each year you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional fitness qualifications, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). We'll look at the commercial value, artistic merit, history and developing framework of dance and fitness.

You’ll take key modules in strength and conditioning as well as applied psychology and injury prevention. You’ll spend time working on entrepreneurship and enterprise. This will help you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively as a self-employed professional, or launch your own dance or fitness related business.

In your third year of this degree, you’ll have the chance to train an individual client in our commercial gym. You’ll also have the opportunity to create a dissertation project of your choice - either practical or written. The project will focus on the integration of dance and fitness with business, teaching or training.

We have excellent facilities at Bucks including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us.

Professional fitness qualifications
Each year you’ll have the chance to gain professional fitness qualifications, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). This includes the REPS Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor Award, Level 2 Gym Instructor Award and the Level 3 Personal Trainer Award.

Human performance laboratory
Our Human Performance Laboratory has been designed to increase athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The lab is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology and is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.

Year One

  • Dance Practice 1
  • The Body Anatomy Physiology & Nutrition
  • The Context of Dance
  • Dance Movement and Exercise

Year Two

  • Dance Practice 2
  • Strength & Conditioning in Dance
  • Entrepreneurship Enterprise & Dance
  • Exercise Instruction

Year Three

  • Dance Practice 3
  • Applied Psychology and Injury Prevention
  • Independent Dissertation Project
  • Exercise Programming

How will I be taught and assessed?

The overall aim is to use both theoretical and practical teaching methods to allow students to explore issues fully in the context of their work. Innovative teaching and learning methods guide students towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme. Formative assessments create a point from which students and lecturers can appraise development, consolidate learning and plan ahead. Summative assessments allow recognition for progression to further study, inform those involved of the level of achievement, and validate the learning process.

Year one the emphasis will be on enabling the student to develop essential skills (both in practice and theory) and knowledge that are needed to learn and to demonstrate learning.

Year two, the focus of practical engagement will remain but the nature of skills and assessment will be further developed. Students will be expected to apply theoretical understanding in a variety of different scenarios, and employ a number of approaches to expression and articulation in assignments.

Year three, the focus is upon the student attaining a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding they have developed in the rest of the course to a particular case study or project of their own devising. As this study will be predominantly self-directed, students will have developed the necessary subject specific and generic skills needed to enter the industry.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

All candidates will be invited to discuss their work during a portfolio review/interview and the interviewing tutor will be looking for:

  • The ability to articulate your views on your own work.
  • A commitment and enthusiasm for the subject.
  • The potential for sustained professional development

Before the audition you will be given time to warm up. During the audition, candidates will be required to participate in a one hour group master class, which will be within the genre of dance taught on the course. You will need to be ready to start the class promptly.

The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential. However, it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will need to also display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.

What you must bring with you:
For the audition please ensure that you are wearing movement/dance clothes and appropriate footwear. Formal attire is not required. Please also bring a portfolio showing dance qualifications and evidence of any show work you have participated in. A short autobiography should also be included along with a piece of written work from your school or college.

Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition may submit a DVD and electronic portfolio demonstrating their dance work to date.

Please bring a bottle of water with you.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

When you graduate from this course, you’ll be able to explore a number of opportunities in the dance and fitness industry. This might include working as a performing dancer, teaching dance and fitness classes, or pursuing a career as a personal trainer. You’ll also have the skills to launch your own dance and fitness venture.

You’ll also be able to further your studies at postgraduate level, or train to become a dance and fitness teacher in the education sector.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

Having studied at Bucks you’ll become part of a thriving dance network. Our skilled and experienced teaching team along with successful alumni, will be able to provide you with connections across many areas of the dance and fitness industries.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.

By offering a course which emphasises employability and transferable skills, Bucks New University will enable graduates to have a great head start in the employment market.

Keith Holmes