Bath Spa University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Dance (Professional Placement Year)

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Course summary

This is the 4 year course which includes a Professional Placement Year. Dance at Bath Spa University offers rigorous practical training in choreography, technique and performance and aims to build the skills you need to become a creative and articulate dance professional. You’ll immerse yourself in an exciting and challenging artistic environment, gaining industry experience through weekly classes and projects delivered through our extensive network of professional dance artists and companies.

  • Creativity and performance lie at the heart of the course.
  • Take the course as a single honours subject, or alongside another subject as a combined award.
  • Alternatively, you can take the course alongside another art discipline (BA Creative Arts).
  • Be immersed in a world of exciting choreographic opportunities.
  • Develop a critical and analytical mindset that will support your creative enquiry.
More about the Professional Placement Year A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students' second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers and Employability Team.

Course details


Year 1 will be a fast-paced, challenging experience that builds your skills in the key areas of performance, creativity and critical thinking. You’ll work on regular performance projects, creating solo, small group and large ensemble work.You will attend regular sessions with visiting companies and artists, this will help expand your understanding of the dance industry. In Year 2, you’ll stretch those creative and performance skills in exciting new directions, while a wide range of practical sessions will deepen your understanding of how performance work can be created for different contexts. The visiting guest artist will continue to provide you with inspirational workshops. Finally, Year 3 will see you focus on developing a specialist area, with modules to support the pathway that interests you, such as performance, choreography, teaching, and dance movement therapy. You’ll embark on a large scale performance project, as well as completing a work placement with a professional dance organisation. Please refer to our website for more information.

Assessment method

We’ll assess your work in a variety of ways such as practical performances, presentations, portfolios and essays. Practical projects may be assessed on your creative process, the final product or both.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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If you apply, we’ll ask you to attend an audition day so that we can assess your suitability for the programme. The audition gives you a chance to demonstrate your physical dance skills and your creative abilities. Your personal statement is your chance to show your skills and experience in dance. We want to know about what inspires you and what you hope to achieve with your training. Auditions will consist of: Technique Class We are looking for commitment, enthusiasm and physical evidence of dance training to an appropriate level (alignment, accuracy, energy). Creative Workshop We are looking for creativity and imagination, the ability to work as a group and to create and present work in a contemporary style. Course Overview/ Q&A Session This session should clarify what you can expect from the course in terms of practical and written requirements, workshops, projects and placements. We will also be able to answer individual questions to help you to decide whether this course is right for you. Eligible applicants will be invited to auditions at our Newton Park Campus between December and March.


English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Dance (Professional Placement Year) at Bath Spa University - UCAS