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What makes Dance at the University of Worcester special?

From the thrill of performing to the rewards of sharing dance with others, this HND offers highly practical and intensive training to extend and develop your skills and abilities. You will study contemporary techniques alongside classical ballet, whilst developing a creative approach to dance-making through choreography and the use of digital media.

Performance and professionalism are significant themes within the course. Work placements and a detailed exploration of the theories underpinning dance practice equip you with the skills to enter the professional world of the performing arts, whilst designated performance modules provide the opportunity to perform in large-scale venues, working alongside professional choreographers and dance-makers.

Key features

  • Developed in partnership with, and delivered at, Kidderminster College
  • Excellent links with the dance industry, including professional performers, dance companies, choreographers and community dance artists
  • Performance opportunities at a range of local and national events
  • Firm foundation in theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ideal for progression in to employment or further study
  • Varied future career opportunities, including freelance choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, dance therapist, dance artist in the community and arts administrator

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from one A level (or equivalent Level 3 qualifications) plus at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C. Shortlisted applicants are invited for audition.

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes.

Mature Students
The University of Worcester and Kidderminster College value diversity in their student body, and students over the age of 21 are very welcome.

If you fulfil the standard entry requirements as detailed above, please apply through UCAS.

If you have few or no formal qualifications, please contact Admissions with details of your age, the work you have undertaken, including caring or organised voluntary work and any other relevant experience you have gained since leaving school.

We can then organise an advisory interview to discuss the best way forward for you. Options available include an Access course or Foundation Year at a local Further Education college or an Exploratory Essay and interview, where appropriate.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

  • Contemporary Technique 1
  • Ballet Technique 1
  • Choreography
  • Preparation for Performance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Understanding Dance: History & Analysis
  • Performance

Year 2

  • Contemporary Technique 2
  • Ballet Technique 2
  • Urban Dance
  • Professional Studies
  • Choreography for Film
  • Professional Practice
  • Negotiated Performance Project

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Develop and demonstrate a thorough understanding of dance techniques in contemporary, ballet and commercial styles that challenge your mind and body.
  • Acquire extensive skills in dance practice and realisation using original and existing processes in design, creation and performance.
  • Develop your dance performance ability, knowledge and critical understanding in relation to professional practices, dance works and digital technologies.
  • Gain a critical understanding of the dance industry and the career opportunities that it presents.
  • Apply dance industry-specific, theoretical and transferable skills and attributes to support your capacity for further academic study and employment.
  • Possess the ability to apply principles of safe practice as a basis for physical efficiency and professionalism.

Teaching approach

  • Tutor-led practical classes.
  • Particular focus on improvisational tasks.
  • Tutor- and student-led choreography.
  • Critical analysis of performance.
  • Group and solo repertoire.
  • Practice-based seminars.
  • Video and live performance analysis.
  • Group performance collaboration.
  • Use of digital media.
  • Independent research activities.


Practical assessments including technique class, performance, practice-based seminars, choreography.       

Written assessments including reports, analytical essays, logs, presentations and seminars.


Where could it take you?


The course opens up a range of careers and career opportunities, including: freelance choreographer, dancer, dance teacher, dance therapist, dance artist in the community, arts administrator. Alternatively, you may wish to continue to a BA Top-up degree or postgraduate study.


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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 on this HND in 2017 is £8,430 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 on this HND in 2017 is £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for part-time UK and EU students registering on this HND in 2017 is £1,106 per 15 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. 

A uniform kit list is provided in advance of the course start date and you will be expected to purchase the specified dance clothing (e.g. leotards, unitards, leggings, ballet tights) and shoes (e.g. ballet shoes and jazz trainers) for each subject. Prices vary depending on brand.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Dance HND 005W K HND/Da

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Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.



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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Kidderminster College

Rebecca Williams
01562 512024