Dance and Fitness at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

Course summary

With this BA degree you’ll gain a broad understanding of the dance and fitness industry, and the ability to manage a successful career in this exciting field. With a focus on dance science, you’ll become a thinking practitioner in the world of movement, performance, and the human body. There are many opportunities and potential career routes within the dance industry. This course will help you to extend your skills, nurture your talent and turn your passion into a fulfilling career, whether you want to become a fitness instructor, personal trainer or dancer and choreographer. Why study BA (Hons) Dance and Fitness at BNU? Inspiring Facilities At BNU we ensure you have creative spaces to bring your ideas to life. On this course you’ll have access to a range of our state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a Human Performance Lab. Each space brings with it unique features, from sprung floors to fully equipped sound systems and full-length mirrors - our dance studios are fully equipped with everything you’ll need to practice and create routines. We also understand that during your time at university, it is also just important to get involved with extra-curricular activities. Our Students’ Union offers a range of free societies and nights out for you to enjoy, from a dance society to our yearly festiball event, there is something for everyone. Learn from industry-experts Led by a dedicated and experienced course team, you’ll benefit from their industry knowledge and the industry links they bring to the course. You will also have the chance to work closely with guest artists who are still active in the dance industry and who will further nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time at BNU. Flexible learning With our BA (Hons) Dance and Fitness course you share a first year with BA (Hons) Dance. During this year you’ll experience the core curriculum before you further into specialised learning. This also allows you to decide your preferred degree, and choose between BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance and Fitness. These courses are also offered as four-year programmes, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate programme. What will I study? This degree puts a focus on both dance and fitness. You’ll explore movement in relation to the human body and performance, and you’ll discover the must-knows for anyone considering a career within the dance and fitness sector. You will gain in-depth psychological and physiological knowledge and be confident in fitness testing and personal training other people. You will regularly work in the Human Performance Lab and university gym, planning fitness programmes, analysing movement and researching the effects of different fitness interventions. You will gain useful knowledge about injury prevention and rehabilitation.


Year One Core Modules Foundations in Dance Technique Development in Dance Techniques Dance Pedagogy & Practice Psychology for Dancers Movement for Screen Opportunity Modules You must choose 2 x 10 credit Level 4 Opportunity modules from the Opportunity module catalogue. Year Two Core Modules Dance Progressions Dance Repertoire The Body and Performance Fitness Instruction The Dance Industry in Context Year Three Core Modules Advanced Dance Techniques Progressions in Dance Science Exercise Programming and Testing Personal Training Independent Project

Assessment method

This industry focused programme is delivered through a variety of teaching mediums, with a strong onus on combining theory and practice through studio classes, workshops, masterclasses, and seminars. These are all designed to provide a stimulating authentic learning environment. Assessment has been designed to be as authentic as possible with a strong focus on practical skills and reflective practice. Assessment is ongoing and often focused on the process as well as the end point to best reflect real-world practice. The overall aim is to use innovative teaching and learning methods to guide you towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme, and to allow you to explore issues fully in the context of your work. By your final year, we expect you to have attained a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding you have developed in the earlier years of the course to a particular case study or project of your own devising. Within this independent research project, you get the chance to focus in on a particular area of dance practice that interests you.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

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.
Dance and Fitness at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS