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University of Plymouth

Dance

UCAS Code: W502

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


104 UCAS Tariff points, including minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (Preferably Performing Arts, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Any subject is considered.

Considered in combination

104 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers. English and Maths accepted as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted

Considered in combination

56%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Dance

Engage with cutting edge, contemporary performance practices in The House, our stunning new performing arts building. You'll experience an innovative and inclusive approach to dance training, and develop as a skilled, expressive dance practitioner able to work in different contexts and professional dance environments. We’ll nurture your creativity in performance and choreography and help you to develop a strong career portfolio as you study.

You will have the opportunity to perform with our graduate touring company, visiting schools and colleges across the country, mentoring young people; and experience workshops abroad with bursaries available to students. You will also enrich your experience at Plymouth with the opportunity to attend shows and performances by well-known practitioners and companies, both locally and in London.

* Develop a strong career portfolio with work-based learning and professional development opportunities that will boost your skills and expertise, and enhance your employability.

* 93 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting; 87 per cent of students were satisfied overall; 87 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 87 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support. 85 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

* Perform with our graduate touring company, visiting schools and colleges across the country, mentoring young people; and experience workshops abroad with bursaries available to students to join lecturer Adam Benjamin’s Advanced Integrated Dance Training workshop in cities such as Vienna, Berlin or Bassel.

* Enrich your experience at Plymouth with the opportunity to attend shows and performances by well-known practitioners and companies, both locally and in London.

* Gain professional experience through intensive patterns of teaching delivery, production and technical rehearsals, giving you the same experience you’d gain with a professional dance company.

* Expand your performance skills through the department’s co-curricular training scheme and opportunities to perform with our Graduate Touring company to schools and colleges.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll focus on your dance training and choreography. You’ll explore, through practice, the relationship between performer, movement, sound and space. Practical sessions are supported by seminars and lectures in dance analysis and critical studies. You will widen your understanding of the elements that contribute to the identity of a dance work, and consider how major 20th century dance practitioners have contributed to the development of dance as an art form.

In your second year, you’ll focus on dance making and performance, engaging with new choreographic strategies and performance environments. You’ll consider how dance is influenced by, and reflects, the culture that produces it and have the opportunity to explore other cultural dance forms such as African dance. You’ll develop your collaborative practice, working with a company in residence, in preparation for student and professionally led dance productions.

In your final year, you’ll work more independently, pursuing your own research interests and choreographic practice. You’ll be developing your final degree showcase performance, and working closely with your supervisor in group seminars and practical tutorials to produce a research project that is completed as either a written dissertation or a practical piece. A strong focus on employability and work-based learning will prepare you for a variety of dance-related careers.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

20% of assessment is by exam and 80% by coursework.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Dance

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
73%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Design occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Many dance graduates from 2015 went straight into dance or choreography jobs, and there are good employment rates overall. Work in education, in schools and colleges, as freelance dance teachers or in sports and fitness, are also common. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common (over one in five dance graduates from 201t were working for themselves), as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once, and building your contacts and work experience can be very important for dance students to find their first job, so be prepared to work your people skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Dance

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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