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 and the body.
- Physical Practice
- Creative Practice
- Introduction to Sports and Exercise Science
- Healthy Dance 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 and Physical Education can make to the professional industries.
- Youth Sport and Physical Education
- Applied Principles and Techniques in Professional Practice
- Work Experience
- Creative Practice Project
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.
Research Process supports students in their development of academic study skills and in recognising the contribution research makes to enhancing understanding of their discipline.
Physical Practice (Core)
Physical Practice (Core) continues developing experience and knowledge in a range of Dance techniques and physical practices, to support an understanding of the body. To include for example contemporary, urban dance styles, pilates & yoga (specific styles of Dance are subject to change).
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 participatory practice and creative performance contexts.
Healthy Dance Practice 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.
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 by focusing on Dance and a Sport of choice. The second year provides students with practical opportunities to explore the context of the chosen physical activities. Planning and delivering opportunities to participate by applying activity specific knowledge.
Research Process further develops academic skills and guides students towards independent research within their chosen area of study.
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
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 supports the students in the realisation of a research project focused on a specific area of interest within their chosen area of study.
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
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.
A wide range of assessment methods are used which relate to the aims of the individual modules, these include:
Essays and Reports
Reflective Journals & Portfolios
Peer led micro – teaching
Group-based & Individual Project Work
Presentations (Individual and Group)
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 Dance and Physical Education degree enables 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
Please note: The following entry requirements relate to September 2017 entry and use the new UCAS tariff. Please refer to our Entry Requirements for further information on the new tariff, or contact Admissions if you have any questions.
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
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit within a relevant subject to include 12 unit Distinctions
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.
For applicants who are only undertaking 2 A levels or equivalent, this will be considered along with the rest of the 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.
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 and Applicant Days, please click here.
Successful applicants are expected to give first priority to the university sports teams throughout their undergraduate careers.
are advised not to make multiple applications for other undergraduate degree courses within the Cardiff School of Sport, as applicants may have the chance to change option.
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
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at