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 dance science, business, and exercise and fitness coaching. Each year you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional fitness qualifications, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS) and endorsed by PD: Approval. 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, 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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
UCAS CODE: WC56
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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 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.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Dance Industry Technique
- Applied Anatomy, Nutrition & the Self
- The Dance Industries
- Teaching and Learning in Dance
- Dance, Movement and Exercise
Year 2 Modules
- Applied Physiology, Training Principles and Self-confidence
- Dance Industry Technique and Repertoire
- Applied Exercise Theory
- Dance Careers and Creative Enterprise
- Fitness Instruction
Year 3 Modules
- Exercise Programming, Testing and Professional Practice
- Independent Project: Practical (optional)
- Applied Injury Prevention and Performance Optimisation
- Dance Industry Technique and Performance
- Independent Project: Written Thesis (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
"I have loved being on the dance and fitness course! I have had the opportunity to gain my exercise to music, gym instruction and personal trainer qualifications which are really handy to have for the future.
I enjoyed being trained in a variety of different dance styles and being able to attend classes run by professionals currently working in the industry."
"I have really enjoyed my journey on the dance and fitness course. I feel honoured to be able to gain qualifications towards my fitness career such as fitness instruction and personal training within my degree. I have been able to learn in two subjects that I feel very passionate about with insights into professional workshops and advice from those currently in the dance and fitness industry. The course has elaborated my knowledge and made me feel excited for my future after my degree."