BA (Hons) in Dance Education

Each level of the programme can be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). The programme is modular and is delivered across two semesters each year. Whilst most of the study is via distance learning, you will be required to attend an Intensive Study Seminar at RAD, London, in the first semester of the first year.

All modules are supported by Module Study Guides which are accessed online and contain key source materials, study tasks and suggestions for further study. Students are allocated a tutor for each module, with whom they will have regular contact by telephone or email.

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Entry requirements

All three of these requirements must be met:

  • Three GCE A Level passes (Grades B, B, C) or equivalent.
  • RAD Intermediate or equivalent standard in dance.
  • English Language Proficiency test required for applicants whose first language is not English.

The Faculty of Education will consider UK and international equivalents to the listed entry requirements, such as examinations of other recognised dance societies or the International Baccalaureate and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. A number of our non-UK undergraduate students have met the academic entry requirements with qualifications such as the German Abitur, the Irish Leaving Certificate, or the Apolytirion from Cyprus or Greece.

However, if you are from a country whose university entry qualification does not meet UK standards, you may undertake a Foundation Module in order to fulfil the academic entry requirement of your chosen programme of study. We are keen to recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds. If you do not hold traditional academic or dance qualifications, you may be eligible for concessionary entry. You can also email for guidance.

Please note:

Not all Universities subscribe to the UCAS points tariff system as it is discretionary.
The University of Bath does not subscribe to the UCAS points tariff system. As they validate the BABE and BADE programmes, RAD Level 3 exams cannot be used as a substitute for the three A-Level passes (or equivalent).

Students who do not have English as a first language
If your first language is not English and you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve one of the following qualifications:

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests. The IELTS test must have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued.

Some other school leaving or matriculation certificates contain a compulsory examination in English and these may be taken as equivalent.
If you have another recently achieved English language qualification, please check with our Registry department to see if it is acceptable.

Programme Content

Year 1

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Dance and Older Learners

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Ballet: Its Diversity and Influence

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Classicism, Classical and Classics

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Dance in Higher Education

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Designing Dance Curricula

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Managing Others in Dance

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Vocational Dance Training: Issues and Debates

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Optimising Performance

Year 2

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Dance in the Community

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Dance Analysis


All modules are assessed through a written assignment which is tutored by telephone and e-mail. Written assignments include essays, case studies and portfolios.
Programme Specification


Awards are as follows: Successful completion of Level 4 leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education. Successful completion of Level 5 leads to the award of Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education. Successful completion of Level 6 leads to the award of BA (Hons) Dance Education. Please note that students may hold only one of the above awards.

Entry Requirements


Further study and career development