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University of Bolton

Professional and Commercial Dance with foundation year

UCAS Code: W670

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

Entry requirements


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

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UCAS Tariff

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Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3, but subjects that include experience of dance will give you an advantage. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science. To help you understand what UCAS points are equivalent to, in terms of grades, please visit the University of Bolton’s webpage below for some examples of grades from popular qualifications: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/ucas-tariff/

75%
Applicants receiving offers

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Dance

Are you considering a career in dance? On the BA (Hons) Professional and Commercial Dance with Foundation you’ll have the opportunity to gain core skills in ballet, jazz, contemporary and commercial dance, and develop the knowledge and practical experience needed for employment in a variety of exciting and demanding professions in the performing arts industry.

Designed to give you the edge to succeed in the busy performing arts market place, the BA (Hons) Professional and Commercial Dance with foundation year is a partnership between the University of Bolton and Shockout Arts, based in central Manchester. For full details on Shockout Arts, their Open Days and Accommodation, please visit www.weareshockout.com/arts.

You’ll be based at Shockout Arts, studying and training in their purpose-built, high-specification dance studios that are equal to professional industry standards. Alongside your intensive practical dance training, you’ll have regular performance opportunities to help you develop a diverse range of performance and production skills.

In addition to exploring the core techniques of ballet, jazz, street, hip hop and contemporary dance, you’ll be encouraged to build your skills in acting and singing ready to take advantage of employment opportunities in Musical Theatre performance. You’ll also be guided to develop the ability to research, and understand, the historical, cultural, societal and political factors that influence UK and international dance practice.

Teaching staff at Shockout Arts are professional practitioners and include BAFTA-nominated choreographers. They are keen to make the time you spend with them as stimulating and rewarding as possible, and enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in your progress. As teaching often takes place in small groups you’ll have access to individual support and guidance at every stage.

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

Academic and Professional Skills 1
Academic and Professional Skills 2
Performing Arts Techniques
Foundation Commercial Dance
Foundation Techniques
Core Techniques 1
Musical Theatre 1
Introduction to Professional Practice
Introduction to Commercial Dance
Contextual Studies 1
Creative Arts 1
Core Techniques 2
Musical Theatre 2
Contextual Studies 2
Choreographic Devices
Professional and Commercial Showcase
Creative Arts 2
Major Project
Professional Practice and Self Promotion
Advanced Technical Studies
Research in Context

Assessment methods

Foundation Level: Coursework (38%), Practical exams (62%)
Level One: Coursework (43%), Practical exams (57%)
Level Two: Coursework (20%), Practical exams (80%)
Level Three: Coursework (62%), Practical exams (38%)

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£46,600
for the whole course
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Shockout Arts

Department:

Dance at Shockout 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.

Dance

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

After graduation


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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.

£17,400
med
Average annual salary
84%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
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.

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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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