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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Creative Campus|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
Entry Requirements


Dance can be described as a fluid art form. It is constantly changing, exposed to different cultural contexts, bodily histories and physical disciplines, as well as being influenced by political and social movements. This degree aims to explore dance as a living social practice and dynamic art form, considering how dance throughout both eastern and western cultures has been cultivated through traditional training practices as well as more contemporary cultural influences.

Dance at Liverpool Hope looks at the bodies, techniques, performances and histories that make up dance practice today both from an embedded perspective - as a source for developing material - and from a reflective position, combining both theoretical and practical approaches to learning. The dance team are all professional practitioners and active researchers whose specialist skills map into the diverse areas of site-specific choreography, multicultural dance and somatic practice.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to work alongside professional visiting choreographers and dance artists, performing at our for public audiences as well as developing a consistent studio practice through one to one and group seminars and regular dance classes and workshops. Here at Liverpool Hope we actively encourage students to consider their art form as an ethical and embodied practice, where dance can reflect some of the social and cultural concerns of our day.


Teaching on this degree includes lectures, practical seminars and small group tutorials, as well as technical classes. 

For the Dance part of your Combined Honours degree, there are approximately 9 teaching hours each week throughout your course. On top of teaching hours, you are expected to spend a number of hours each week studying independently and practicing your dance techniques, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


Assessments on this degree are largely practical performances and contextual journals, reviews of practical performances and some essays. There are no formal written exams.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.



This is a dynamic, physical exploration of the choreographic form, which will help to develop both your solo and ensemble skills through the study of a selection of contemporary choreographers and practical classes.

Technique – Ballet and Contemporary

You will examine in-depth the elements that go into making a successful dancer.

Critical Contexts

This is a historical, critical and vital look at the development of dance from a selection of times and places, specifically studying dance through modernism to the twenty-first century.

Dance Practices

A seminar directly responsive to the lecture series Critical Contexts. It is a practical exploration of historical, modern and postmodern approaches to dance.


Dance in Critical Contexts 2

This lecture series examines dance from the point of view of the maker and from different cultural perspectives.

Dance Practices 2

This seminar series explores sited practice and delves into the world of screen dance and social media.

Applied Composition

An introduction to facilitating and implementing choreography in different settings. This seminar includes a placement.

Technique – Contemporary and Bharatanatyam

Contemporary technique builds on the work from the first year. Bharatanatyam gives you an opportunity to explore a non-western classical dance form.


Dance in Critical Contexts 3

This lecture series brings together the critical frameworks studied over the previous two years and uses them to explore the connections between dance and the wider world.

Dance Research Methods

This second lecture series prepares you for your dissertation by exploring different ways of researching in the dance world.

Dance Practices 3

A seminar that engages with the practical aspects of life as a dance artist, such as teaching, finances, and criticism.

Technique – Contemporary and Partnering

Building on the previous year’s work, these techniques explore the reality of working with others.


You will complete a research project on a topic of your choice, with support from an individual supervisor.

In addition, you will choose one of the two following seminar series:

Applied Dance

A seminar that explores and prepares you for dance in community settings. This seminar includes a placement in such places as MDI, Wirral Creative Youth Enterprises and various schools.

Advanced Composition

A seminar that allows you the experience of running your own small company, creating and promoting your own choreography.


UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsAll applicants will be required to attend an audition.


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


Our graduates work across the creative sector, and their highly developed social and practical skills make them very employable in a wide range of workplaces. We currently have graduates working in the National Youth Dance Company of Wales, the Black e-Community Arts Space in Liverpool and, internationally, at The Space Dance and Arts Centre, Melbourne. We also have graduates who have gone on to have a career as a Freelance Dancer, Choreographer, Community Dance Artist, Dance Therapist, Dance Teacher and Director of Drama.

Students graduating from the Dance course at Liverpool Hope University will have accumulated a wide range of practical and critical skills to apply directly in the professional workplace. Students will graduate with hands-on experience in running community dance projects, managing rehearsal schedules, evaluating and reviewing professional dance work and producing performance works in professional environments.


Work Placement Opportunities

Throughout your degree, you will be given a number of placement opportunities which will help you to gain skills of the working Dance world that will be highly valued by future employers.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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  • Excellent dance facilities, including a studio, a studio theatre and a theatre
  • The degree is structured around theatre visits and developing your own practice
  • Teaching is enriched by residencies with established professionals

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