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BA Dance and Physical Education

Sport, Physical Education and Health (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.

Meet the Team
Meet Jane Bellamy, Senior Lecturer of the BSc Sport, Physical Education & Health (Dance) degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Student Blog

 Abi Phelps - Dance
My first year experience studying Dance at Cardiff Met
Hear how captain of the Dance society - Abi, was able to create, perform and teach Dance in her first year on the Dance pathway.


Course Overview

Sport and Physical Education at Cardiff Met has evolved in an exciting new way to take account of critical developments in the sport and physical education sector. The industry currently recognises the growing importance of health and wellbeing in promoting the physical, mental, and social development of children and adults. 

This focus on health is a critical component of the Physical Education syllabus in contemporary schools across the UK and further afield. The new degree pathway: Sport, Physical Education and Health (Dance) at Cardiff Met, is at the forefront of academic programmes recognising this significant new focus in the industry and preparing students for life after graduation.

This specialist pathway within the BSc (Hons) Sport, Physical Education and Health degree focuses on the applied place of Dance as a creative art and physical activity focusing on creative practice, teaching and performance. The design of the pathway will allow you to develop your knowledge, understanding and skilful practices in Dance alongside in depth academic and practical knowledge of physical education and youth sport. Consideration of the health and wellbeing agenda within both areas will also provide you with the skills and knowledge that will allow you to establish and sustain healthy lifestyles in others. The pathway focuses on the current place of dance in the areas of Education, Health and Wellbeing and in encouraging participation in physical activity. Through Cardiff Met’s excellent links with Industry, the application and development of dance in these contexts will be explored; there will be opportunities for you to engage in work-based learning and placement experiences over the three years that will support the development of future creative and innovative practitioners.

In addition to the comprehensive theoretical and practical academic framework, you will be encouraged to build a portfolio of UKCC coaching qualification during your time at University. You will have access to a wealth of valuable experiential learning opportunities including National Governing Bodies and community sports initiatives. The SPEH (Dance) programme allows you to undertake some of the modules through the medium of welsh.

​Course Content​

In year 1, you will have six compulsory modules that will be the foundation of your pathway. These modules will provide you the context and scope for understanding the fundamental aspects of physical education, dance, coaching, sport and health upon various disparate population groups. This includes an understanding of theory into practice of pedagogical approaches, learning and social theories, and contemporary issues amongst sport and education communities. In addition, you will experience a broad base of knowledge related to the disciplines of psychology, physiology, biomechanics, and the research process. Finally, you will be given a chance to develop your portfolio by undertaking recognised vocational coaching and professional relevant qualifications.

In year 2, all modules will be compulsory as you continue developing skills and knowledge in the two areas of study, SPEH and Dance. Dance modules will develop your understanding of creative practice, healthy dance practice and the application of dance within different contexts. In addition, you will design and deliver opportunities to participate in dance. Sport/PE and Health modules will allow you to develop the theoretical knowledge in relation to teaching within physical education, health and wellbeing, whilst linking theory to practice by engaging with placement opportunities off campus and working with children on campus. Additionally, you will have two other compulsory modules that aim to develop a greater understanding of the research process, and to develop entrepreneurial skills and attributes within the industries aligned to SPEH.

In year 3, a key priority is to develop you as an independent, driven learner that can take control of your learning and ensure that this aligns with your first step into graduate employment or further study. For instance, you will complete a major project that can take different directions in your chosen field of study based on your individual interests and needs. You will have a specific module that explores the understanding, application, and reflection of teaching and learning in physical education, sport, health and wellbeing, in addition a collaborative project module will allow you to draw on your experiences and independently manage and develop a dance project in a chosen context, from inception to realisation. You will also undertake a work based learning placement that focuses on your chosen pathway.​

Learning & Teaching

Effective learning, teaching and assessment methods underpin the educational aims and the learning outcomes of all of our programmes and modules. Learning and teaching methods may include lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions. Our Virtual Learning Environment is also an integral aspect of the learning package that supports the needs of our students. 

Lead lectures introduce key topics and concepts, whilst seminars, tutorials, workshops and practical sessions focus on the application of key concepts with the aim of enhancing the student experience and engagement. You will also meet tutors on a one to one basis. As a school, we work hard to provide student-centred learning opportunities that deliver a high quality and flexible learning environment. 

Learning and teaching methods emphasise and facilitate the development of your critical reasoning, and encourage the integration of practice and theory. Throughout your programme, you will experience both tutor-led learning and self-directed methods of learning, increasing independence and reflection and encouraging you to develop a positive attitude toward lifelong learning. 

Our teaching and learning methods embed the Cardiff Met 'EDGE' (Ethical, Global, Digital & Entrepreneurial) skills and you will be well equipped to demonstrate graduate attributes expected of you in an increasingly competitive world of work. We aim to help you to develop into reflective professionals and critical scholars. 

In your sport programme at Cardiff Met, you will encounter a learning experience from induction to graduation that is coherent and develops your identity within your programme of study. 

Specific features of the learning experience of on Sport, Physical Education and Health (Dance) pathway include: 

  • Professional Placements in Industry 
  • Developing professional practice to deliver learning opportunities in dance, sport and physical activity 
  • Focus on Innovation – devising and delivering participatory dance projects within different contexts.


The assessment strategies for each module vary to ensure that most appropriate method is implemented for your area of study. Modes of assessment are designed to both enhance your learning experience and to acknowledge that you have fulfilled the learning outcomes linked to each module. Assessment also ensures that you have achieved the standard required to progress to the next stage or to qualify for an award (as articulated by the FHEQ and CQFW). Assessments support your learning experience by providing opportunities for you to engage in formative and summative assessments to test your knowledge, ability, skill, and critical understanding. The undergraduate modules are assessed by a combination of assessment types. For example: 

• written coursework

• poster presentations

• oral presentations

• portfolios

• seen and unseen exams

• practical skills

• other activities designed to assess, develop, and enhance academic and employability skills. 

You will be expected to complete a final project as part of the assessment of your honours degree. Final projects are major pieces of work that may be a research, innovation, consultancy or community project.

Employability & Careers

The Cardiff Met EDGE supports you to thrive in the modern world. Throughout your degree you will experience a range of opportunities to develop your ethical, digital, global and entrepreneurial competencies through problem-based learning, real-world industry case studies, integrated work experiences on campus and opportunities for work-based learning placements off campus. We will ensure that you get a range of opportunities to develop transferable skills such as communication, team work and leadership.

During your first year of study you will have the opportunity to undertake technical qualifications in a range of industry relevant areas including sport coaching, exercise training & health and safety. These opportunities will ensure that you have the appropriate qualifications and experience to apply for one of the many work placement opportunities on offer both on and off campus. We will also support you to seek opportunities to work or study abroad. Work placements can give you a critical EDGE in gaining professional employment on graduation. Students who have graduated from Sport, Physical Education & Health (Dance) will go on to work in careers both within and beyond the Sport Industry.

This practice focused, specialist pathway will enable a range of career opportunities, fed by the increased demand for dance engagement and participation in a variety of settings designed to meet those demands by preparing skilled practitioners of the future. The programme will prepare you for careers focusing on dance, sport and physical activity in a range of industry sectors such as Education, Arts and Culture, Tourism, Sport, Leisure and Health. Other students will continue onto further study at master’s and doctoral 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 96 - 112 points from 3 A levels (or equivalent).  Typical offers may include:

  • A levels: 96 - 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: MMM - DMM within a relevant subject.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 96 - 112 points from Highers to include 3 x H2 grades within a relevant subject
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: 96 - 112 points to include grades CC 
  • Access to Higher Education: Pass with 15 credits with Distinction and 30 credits with Merit
  • Successful completion of the Cardiff School of Management Foundation programme**
  • 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.

**The Cardiff School of Management Foundation programme is based on the Llandaff campus

Applicants are normally made an offer based on the details above. Typical offers will be made within the tariff range detailed above and will be based on the strength of your overall application, including your academic and sporting profile. 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