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What makes Physical Education and Dance at Worcester special?

PE practitioners with expertise in dance are increasingly rare, however dance remains a key element of the national curriculum.

This unique degree offers students the chance to study Physical Education whilst maintaining a strong emphasis on dance. It is designed for those who would view dance as their primary sport.

Key features

  • One of the only places in the UK offering Physical Education and Dance
  • Top quality facilities including state of the art inclusive arena, 3G astro, sand filled astro, dance studio, outdoor educational site, strength and conditioning room and gymnasiums
  • A highly relevant, practical degree focused on helping you achieve a lifelong career in physical education and dance
  • Chance to progress to a PGCE†
  • A personalised development programme covering elements of technique, fitness, nutrition and psychology
  • An optional semester in Australia
  • Excellent links with industry and schools

Clearing 2017 - call us on 01905 855111

We have places available on a range of courses starting this September.Find out more

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112†UCAS Tariff points including GCSE†Mathematics and English Language†at Grade C or above A†Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS formerly known as CRB) may be required for some modules

Dance experience is essential for this course though contemporary training is not a requirement for this course. We do not require a formal qualification in dance though as a rough guide you should be around Level 5 (Intermediate) or equivalent in any style of dance or be doing a BTEC/A Level or equivalent in dance.

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.

Other information

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

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from ††

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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

Core modules

  • Introduction to Physical Education
  • Dance Technique
  • Scientific principles of Movement in Teaching

Module options

  • Dance Composition
  • Dance, Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Socio- Cultural Issues in Sport

Year 2

Core modules

  • Learning and Teaching in Physical Education
  • Somatic Dance Techniques
  • School-Based Learning
  • The Research Process

Module options

  • Advanced Dance Composition
  • Teaching Gymnastics and Dance in Secondary School
  • Teaching Special Educational Needs and Disability PE in Schools

Year 3

Core modules

  • Integrating Dance Practices
  • Application of Learning Theory in Physical Education
  • Independent Study

Module options

  • Dance for the Camera
  • Dance and Technology
  • 14-19 PE and Sport

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

This highly employable course was designed from the ground up in collaboration with professionals in every area of dance and physical education. We worked with governing bodies, teachers, students, graduates and employers to create a degree that is highly relevant for a physical education expert in dance. Itís about the right skills, the right approach, the right knowledge and the right experience. Itís about a degree which is designed from the ground up to make you stand out from other PE graduates.

We want to work with you along the journey to finding your ideal career within physical education and dance. You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of PE or dance modules allowing you to customise this degree to your exact needs. We will provide our support, our understanding and our experience to help you in every way we can. In return we want active, engaged students who want to experiment, challenge and who will never settle for ordinary. You will perform, collaborate, teach, research, lead, and discover and develop skills you had never realized that you had.


As a dancer you need to have superb technical skills and this degree builds and develops your existing skills and well as training you in new techniques. We take a very scientific approach to training using the very latest ideas in dance science, as well as exciting new technologies, to develop excellence in performance††††

You will have a minimum three technique classes every week with the option by third year of attending up to eight technique classes a week. We spend that time training you in strong contemporary technique so by the end of your third year you're ready to go out into professional practice.

However, we don't just train you in contemporary technique. You may have come to us with strong skills in your own style - be it jazz, ballet, street or something else. We don't want you to just forget these skills - we will guide you into developing and improving them, to work to your own strengths.

We will also work with you to develop your strength, flexibility and general fitness in dedicated conditioning classes.

Physical Education

This degree is based on the University of Worcesterís established expertise in sports science and physical education. We are experts in the very latest ideas in education, sports teaching and coaching. You will have plenty of opportunities to develop and practice these skills through mentoring, delivering and supporting dance sessions, and working within schools.†


We all love to perform and youíll get the chance to work on new pieces to show in a variety of venues. If you chose the choreographic modules youíll have the chance to take part in a performance at the end of each year as well as opportunities throughout the year and over the summer.

We have dedicated weeks each semester in which you can experience being part of a dance company. You take company class, work on new pieces, rehearse and perform. We also aim to tour at least one of your works throughout your time with us so you can get to experience what itís like being on the road.


We believe in assessing you in the most appropriate way possible. For PE we may ask you to design some resource cards for a class or reflect on a teaching experience. For technique we might ask you to show a class. We hope youíll see the relevance of all the assessments we give you and can understand how they help develop your skills and your employability.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Paul Golz

    Paul is the course lead for both the Dance and Community Practice and the PE and Dance degrees. Although originally trained as a Graham dancer it is in release practice that he found his passion, particularly within contact improvisation. An established choreographer he has had works performed in theatres and other spaces around the country, as well as shown on television and streamed live.

    Paul has worked extensively within community dance, in projects with young people, SEN and disability, adults and dementia. His research interests are around the use of technology within dance, particularly augmented reality and he regularly publishes and demonstrates his work at academic conferences.


Where could it take you?

University of Worcester graduates are among the most employable in the UK - 94.9% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduation. The combination of teaching methods and opportunities for skill development can really help you to develop the qualities that today's graduate employers seek. Completion of this course could lead to employment in many exciting areas including; ·

  • Primary, Secondary and FE Education PE Teacher
  • Dance teacher at a private dance school / conservatoire
  • Dance and Physical Exercise specialist
  • Dance Science Researcher

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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 in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-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.†††

As part of this course we will arrange for you to attend professional dance productions. There is a cost associated with performances.

There may also be costs associated with costumes for any performances you may be involved in.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to the £153 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Physical Education and Dance BA (Hons) - W768



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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

Course leader

Paul Golz
01905 855025