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BA Dance and Physical Education

Sport & Physical Education (Dance) - BSc (Hons) Degree


Key Facts

​​​​UCAS Code: C608

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
Three years full-time.

Also available part-time and can be up to eight years. The part-time students join the full-time students for all modules. Therefore most of the modules are completed between 9.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays.

Part-time fees:
Charges are per single module unless specified: undergraduate = 10 credits. Please contact the programme leader for further information on modules to be studied part-time and how this will affect fees.


Course Overview

This specialist pathway within the BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education degree focuses on the applied place of Dance as a creative art and a physical activity . The design of the pathway allows undergraduates to appreciate the issues and operational contexts of Sport and Physical Education and develop their knowledge, understanding and skilful practices in Dance through a practical and theoretical framework. 

Over the three years each area of study will be applied to a variety of contexts such as Education, Health and Wellbeing and encouraging participation in physical activity. 

In addition to the academic programme students are encouraged to build a portfolio of UKCC and other relevant coaching/teaching qualifications, and engage in work placement experiences during the three years at University.

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

​Course Content​

The course content focuses on the following two areas:

Creative and Physical 

Modules in this area provide knowledge, experience and understanding of the creative and physical aspects of dance, sport and physical activity.

Applied Practice

Modules in this area will provide undergraduates with relevant knowledge, understanding and experience to develop skilful practices in a variety of contexts. Modules focus on the contribution that both dance, sport and physical education can make to the professional industries.

Year 1

All modules are compulsory to allow students to develop a specialist pathway.

  • Physical Practice (Introduction)
    Physical Practice forms a core part of the studies and draws on a range of current dance techniques, styles and approaches to physical practice. Students engage in a range of classes for example : contemporary, urban dance styles, Pilates and yoga. (specific styles of Dance are subject to change).

  • Introduction to Creative Practice
    This module enables students to develop an understanding of approaches to choreography  processes and to creative practice 

  • Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science*
    In this module students are introduced to fundamental concepts within the disciplines of sport and exercise focusing on Physiology, Biomechanics and Psychology.

  • ​Introduction to Youth Sport and Physical Education*
    The focus of this module is to develop students' awareness, knowledge and understanding of the aims within physical education and Youth Sport, by addressing specific policies and contemporary issues.

  • Introduction to Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
    The module introduces students to skills in developing professional practice. Delivering learning opportunities in the context of a variety of sporting and physical activities including Dance.

  • Introduction to the Research Process*
    Research Process supports students in their development of academic study skills and in recognising the contribution research makes to enhancing understanding of their discipline.

Year 2

  • Healthy Dance Practice
    Developing Physical Practice is key to this module, gained by developing experience and knowledge in a range of Dance techniques and physical practices, to support an understanding of the body. Healthy Dance Practice also consolidates the basic knowledge of Biomechanics, Physiology and Psychology as it applies to the dancing body addressing the role of safe and effective practice and injury prevention.

  • Application of Creative Practice
    Application of Creative Practice further develops knowledge, understanding and experience of collaborative, creative choreographic practice. This experiential learning is realised through creating performance for a specific context. ​

  • Youth Sport and Physical Education
    Youth Sport and Physical Education aims to further develop students' critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in Physical Education and Youth Sport. It will encourage students to apply and reflect on specific knowledge through engagement in pedagogical practice.

  • Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice 
    This module allows students to develop their professional practice experience by focusing on Dance and a Sport of choice.  (Choose one: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey, HRE, Netball, Rugby, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.) The second year provides students with practical experience in planning and delivering opportunities to participate by exploring the context of the chosen physical activities.

  • Research Process*
    Research Process further develops academic skills and guides students towards independent research within their chosen area of study.

Option Module:

There is an option to study a module an area of Sport and Physical education in more depth, by chssoing one module from:

  • Ethics in Sport

  • Sociological Theory of Sport, Exercise & Health

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Physiology 

  • Applied Biomechanics of Sport and Exercise 

  • Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology

Year 3

  • Physical Practice
    Physical Practice applies an advanced level of understanding of dance techniques, and physical practice  in developing the dancer as a performer

  • Creative Practice Project
    Creative Practice Project provides students with the opportunity to develop an independent creative performance and participatory practice project from inception to realisation. Projects are guided and informed by consideration of its purpose and context.

  • ​Advanced Physical Education*
    Advanced Physical Education aims to extend students' critical awareness, knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues in Physical Education (PE) and Youth Sport. It will encourage students to apply and reflect on their specific knowledge through pedagogical practice

  • Work Experience
    This module enables students to experience and learn through interaction with employers from industry in a placement that is specifically considered and planned.

  • Independent Project*
    Independent Project supports the students in the realisation of a research project focused on a specific area of interest within their chosen area of study. ​​

*modules available through the medium of Welsh.

Learning & Teaching

Studying Dance and Physical Education at university will engage you in a range of learning environments. You will experience and learn about Dance and Physical Education through an integrated approach where practice is informed by theory.  Year one serves as a foundation to your learning; year two provides an opportunity to apply this learning to your practice and in year three learning shifts from a place of dependence to independence through new experiences. Students progress their learning through these three years, with tutor- led learning in year one, tutor-guided in year two and tutor-facilitated learning in year three. A student-centred approach ensures learning experiences are informed by current professional practice and dialogue.

Students engage in a variety of activities to promote their learning - all learning is student-centred:

  • Technique classes (focus on individual development and peer learning)

  • Teaching focused workshops (task based learning, collaborative practice, peer and micro teaching)

  • Lead lectures , Seminars & discussion based learning

  • Independent study & research

  • Individual and group tutorials

  • Work based learning

  • Enhanced learning opportunities

  • Tutorial support (academic and pastoral)

  • Academic study support

  • ICT support

  • Virtual learning environment (Moodle)

Features of learning and teaching within the programme include flexible and blended learning, social learning and work-based learning. The programme embraces technology-enhanced learning. The student experience is enhanced by strong industry partnerships providing opportunities both within and additional to the programme. The programme team is active within the industry as practitioners and researchers', ensuring their teaching is both current, relevant and research informed.

Through lectures Personal tutoring and practical workshops students can expect to receive between 12-17 contact hours per week.


A wide range of assessment methods are used which relate to the aims of the individual modules, these include:

  • Action Plans

  • Essays and Reports

  • Reflective  Journals & Portfolios

  • Peer led micro – teaching

  • Group-based & Individual Project Work

  • Presentations (Individual and Group)

  • Debates

  • Tests on-line

  • Exam

  • Independent Project (Dissertation)

Students are offered individual tutorials to support their study by academic staff.  Additional Study Skills support is available through the Learning Resource Centre.

Employability & Careers

The degree pathway will enable a range of career opportunities, fed by the increased demand for dance engagement and participation in a variety of settings.  This practice focused programme is designed to meet those demands by preparing skilled Dance and Physically Educated practitioners of the future.  As such the course will prepare students for a range of portfolio careers focusing on dance and physical activity  in a range of industry sectors such as Education , Arts and Culture, Tourism , Sport , Leisure and Health.

The subjects studied and skills learnt will give you the opportunity to continue your education to Master and Doctorate level or to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.​

Entry Requirements​ & How to Apply

Applicants should demonstrate potential, motivation and a sound level of current dance experience of which experience in contemporary dance would be an advantage, and should evidence engagement in sport & physical activity.

Applicants should have five GCSEs including English Language (or Welsh First Language) and Maths* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 112 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A levels: 112 points to include BB. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Merit within a relevant subject.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 112 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades within a relevant subject
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 112 points to include grades CC 
  • Access to Higher Education: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Foundation course in Dance plus 100 points at A Level equivalent

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels (or equivalent) or are not predicted to meet the standard tariff offer above, applications will be considered based on the strength of the whole academic profile and we may issue a graded offer in lieu of an offer using the UCAS Tariff.

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit

Sport Applicant Days:
Successful applicants will be invited to a Sport Specific Applicant Day as part of the application process. For more information about Sport Open an​d Applicant Days, please click here.

Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers. 

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is based on the receipt of a completed UCAS application and attendance to a Sport Applicant Day.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Part-time applications should be made direct to the University at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044, email or tweet us @CMetAdmissions​.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Support Team:

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting