Dance BA (Hons) – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for drama and dance, with our programmes ranked 2nd in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

We were the first university to set up an academic dance department over 30 years ago. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally leading centre for dance practice and research.

Our unique BA Dance course gives you the opportunity to experience diverse dance practices and to interrogate dance in a contemporary globalised culture.

What you will study

On our rich BA Dance course, you will train in a broad range of contemporary dance practices and gain exciting insight into dance histories and contexts. We offer a fully integrated course and welcome differently-abled bodies.

Our unique approach rejects the artificial separation of ‘practice’ and ‘theory’, and will develop your understanding of dance as a diverse and dynamic cultural practice. You will be given vital knowledge and competence for a professional career in dance, benefitting from both the heritage of the University of Surrey as well as being part of the dynamic dance community at Guildford School of Acting.

We teach four dance practices: contemporary, African-based contemporary, Asian-based contemporary and ballet. You will have the opportunity to join our student-led dance company and work with a resident dance company.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BA (Hons) 36 months PPM3 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 48 months PPM4 View KIS data set

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Dance placements

Our unique, optional Professional Training placement will give you the chance to apply your knowledge and understanding in the context of a year-long placement, and thereby build your experience in a professional dance environment with high-quality mentoring and support from experienced placement hosts.

A pioneer in integrated professional training, the University has operated its placement scheme in partnership with industry and professional bodies for the last 40 years. Employers interviewing graduates have been impressed by the maturity and professionalism of those with placement experience. Although dance students do not usually receive a salary, they are normally paid a bursary by their employer.

If you choose to undertake a Professional Training placement, you will work with an established dance organisation based within the United Kingdom or internationally. You may choose to specialise in a particular area of dance, for example within dance management, community dance or dance company education, but whatever your specialism you will find yourself involved in a wide variety of activities.

Organisations and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • English National Ballet
  • One Dance UK
  • Rambert Dance Company
  • East London Dance
  • Greenwich Dance
  • MotionHouse Dance Theatre
  • StopGap Dance Company.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Our students work as dancers, choreographers, teachers, researchers, managers and leaders and are much sought after by the dance industry.

Graduates of our BA Dance degree programme are currently employed in:

  • Performance
  • Choreography
  • Education (including private, secondary, further and higher education)
  • Community dance settings (including arts centres, and arts and dance projects)
  • Theatre management
  • Dance company education
  • Public relations
  • Marketing.

Dance graduates have also received employment in some of the foremost dance institutions in the UK, including:

  • Greenwich Dance Agency
  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
  • The Place Theatre
  • English National Ballet.

Our graduates have an excellent track record in securing places on MA and PGCE courses in dance and related subjects. Over the last few years, Surrey dance students have gone on to careers such as:

  • Ballet Dance Teacher, Ballet School Eva Sergidou
  • Secondary Trainee Dance Teacher, Essex Teacher Training
  • PA to the Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company
  • Customer and Administration Assistant, Dance Xchange
  • Performer, Disneyland Paris
  • Apprentice Engagement Producer, English National Ballet
  • Access Worker, Stopgap Dance Company.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

You will have the opportunity to spend time abroad on a work placement in a foreign country or studying at one of our partner universities. These include:

  • Monash University, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Brock University, Canada
  • North Carolina State University, US
  • Texas Tech University, US
  • University of Central Florida, US
  • University of Cincinnati, US.

The benefits of working or following courses abroad are numerous. You are exposed to a different culture with its language and traditions which broaden your horizons in terms of knowledge, but also in terms of employment opportunities.


Our dance degree programmes are well resourced and include the PATS dance studio and the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre. Our campus is home to a unique archive and the National Resource Centre for Dance.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.


There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Programme leader


Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress

  • Pastoral/welfare issues

  • Personal/professional development and employability.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

What qualifications do you need?


Overall: ABB.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

GCSE or equivalent: Maths 6 and either English Language (1/2) 6 or English Language (3)7.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students. Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BA (Hons) 36 months To be confirmed To be confirmed Not applicable
BA (Hons) 48 months To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Safety equipment and/or uniform: £60 approx. - Uniform including specialist footwear
  • UK-based activity: £150 approx. - Dance trips (students should aim to see some live dance throughout the course of their programme)

Grand total: £210 approx.

These additional costs are accurate as of September 2017 and apply to the 2018 year of entry. Costs for 2019 entry will be published in September 2018.

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