Dance Practises - Liverpool John Moores University

2017 entry

BA (Hons) Dance Practices

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £12,660 per annum

*Subject to yearly increases

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: W500

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

 This course is available in Clearing 2017

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: 80

About your course

Liverpool John Moores University is one of the leading dance institutions in the UK. As a BA (Hons) Dance Practices student you will be taught by experienced performers, choreographers and dance practitioners.

This course will offer you:

  • A stepping stone to careers and postgraduatein choreography, performance and management.
  • Specialism in dance education and community practice
  • Numerous opportunities to develop your skills in performance through various projects and public performances
  • Expertise in integrating technology with dance practice in modules taught from Level 4 to 6
  • A curriculum enriched with work opportunities and experience in leading organisations through collaborative partnerships with Tate Liverpool, Everyman theatre, community groups, schools and dance companies
  • Exciting opportunities to share creative practice internationally through partnerships with US and European Universities
  • A rich and diverse programme of additional technique classes facilitated by guest artists

View our course video and find our more about studying Dance Practices at LJMU.

Challenging, good mix of practical and theoretical modules. I really enjoyed my time at LJMU and have acquired skills and experiences I will value throughout the rest of my life.

Catherine Craddock, Dance Practices graduate

The strengths of the course are the placement opportunities, both in-house and out of the University and the extra practical classes. The course has given me a realistic view of the dance industry, the employment opportunities available and how to promote myself as an artist.

Emma Bentley, current Dance Practices student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.

This course has been designed to meet the demands of today’s dance industry in a creative, educational or administrative setting. Throughout your studies you will have the opportunity to gain experience through work-related learning as a choreographer, performer or as a leader in different levels of education and diverse community settings.

Placements and work-related learning give you an invaluable opportunity to practice the skills and knowledge you have acquired on the course, and gain new skills too. They will also add value to your CV and boost your employability in a competitive job market.In your final year, you will have the opportunity to design and undertake a significant work-based learning placement.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal and study skills support.

The Dance Department is a supportive environment where your needs are recognised and your achievements celebrated. You will have regular access to your tutors to discuss course-related issues and assessments on a one-to-one basis. Additional support is offered to help you with course work.

Course details

The BA (Hons) Dance Practices course is essentially practice-based and reflects the changing nature of the dance industry.

At Level 4 you are offered modules that introduce you to the varying areas of the dance industry. From Level 5, you have the opportunity to focus either on your artistic practice as a ‘creator’ and performer or as a community dance practitioner or educator. You will create and perform work that is site-specific; devised for theatre; and virtual environments. As a ‘teacher-facilitator’ you will work in external venues with a variety of client groups such as youth groups, children and adults with disabilities, older adults and other.

The Dance Department at Liverpool John Moores University has been groundbreaking and awarded for enriching its curriculum with in-house projects that provide students with real life experiences. These are innovative projects that connect the lecturers’ research areas with the industry and the community.

For instance, our dance company, JMUpstart, gives final year students first-hand experience of being a professional performer in a contemporary dance company. The company has toured in a variety of festivals and conferences nationally since 2005, including the Edinburgh International Arts Festival.

The Distant Voices project links up with universities across USA & Europe and explores the use of web-cam technology to share creative and performance practices.

The “Improvisation Collective” projectintegrates graduate and undergraduate dance students who explore a practice based research enquiry through workshops, discussion, reflection and performance.

New for September 2017, our IM Marsh campus offers students access to a free onsite fitness gym with brand new facilities. All LJMU students are also entitled to apply for free off-peak membership for Lifestyles Fitness Centres across Liverpool and discounted peak-rate membership is also available so you can keep yourself active alongside your Dance practice studies.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Choreography & Performance 1
  • Choreography & Performance 2
  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 1
  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 2
  • Dance Perspectives
  • Self-Awareness and Leadership Skills
  • Workshop Practices

Level 5

  • Reading Dance in Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 3
  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 4

The following options are typically offered:

  • Performance in Context
  • Screen and Site-Based
  • Creative Practices
  • Work-Based Learning for
  • The Dance Practitioner
  • Choreography

Level 6

  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 5
  • Dance Techniques & the Physical Body 6
  • Current Perspectives in Dance
  • Dissertation

The following options are typically offered:

  • Projects@LJMU
  • Individually Negotiated Project
  • Teaching & Facilitating
  • Performance & Technology

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

You will spend approximately 15-22 hours per week in workshops and practical sessions supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials. This time will vary depending on your focus (creating and performing or teaching and facilitating) and your choice of modules. You will also be expected to spend a proportion of your time in independent study, either in traditional research or working towards a performance. You will receive professional training in child protection (if applicable).

We continue to invest in enhancements of the programme with exciting professional development coursesfor the dance artist. In the past, this has included additional technique classes to expand upon genres and styles, first aid training and child protection qualifications.

The degree has an excellent staff to student ratio plus an excellent reputation for the pastoral care and support given to students. You will also benefit from the Team’s large network of contacts for placements and dissertation hosts.

Your lecturers

All lecturers are active dance artists and researchers with national and international experience in performance, choreography and teaching, and are at the forefront of the latest innovations in dance practice and research.

Your tutors have pioneered new ways to teach dance using new technology. Also, their strong commitment to working with communities and schools is reflected in the programme.

LJMU is one of the few institutions in the country to offer community/education practice as part of a dance degree. Staff have an impressive array of awards: four won the 2007 Curriculum Innovation Award for a Model of Work-Based Learning and PDP, Pauline Brooks has also won TLA Teaching-Related Research Awards, amongst others.

The School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition includes three National Teaching Fellows reflecting both the expertise of staff plus the University's commitment to delivering outstanding teaching and learning.

Assessment and feedback

The assessments used on this degree have been developed to reflect industry requirements and demands.

Assessment methods include:

  • practicals (technique in class, performance, leading practical workshops, creating new choreographic works, industry based placements)
  • written work (essays, reports, log books and journals)
  • oral assessments (presentations and vivas)

Feedback methods also vary and may be offered face-to-face, by peer review or in writing. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas that you could improve on.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding available from LJMU as well as government grants and loans and targeted support for students with children/dependants or disabilities.

Different funding arrangements will apply if you are from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or other countries in the EU. If you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you will still be eligible for loans for tuition fees as well as grants and/or bursaries plus loans for living costs. It's just that the amounts available may be different to those stated here as these apply to applicants who live in England.

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, and if successful you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course worth between £1,000 and £10,000. This money does not need to be repaid and it's up to you to decide what you want to spend it on.

LJMU bursary

LJMU bursaries are means-tested, which means your household income must be below a certain level in order for you to qualify for this funding.

The money you receive does not have to be repaid and is intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student. You will receive a bursary for each year of your course providing you still meet the eligibility criteria.

Tuition fees

In line with most universities, LJMU charges an annual tuition fee of £9,250 for most of our degrees.

If you opt to complete a foundation year as part of your degree, your first year tuition fee will be £7,700.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

Instead you can take out a tuition fee loan, which doesn't have to be repaid until after you leave LJMU and start earning over the threshold. Currently the threshold is £21,000 for students resident in England.

As long as you have not been to University before and meet the residency rules both full and part-time students are eligible to apply for tuition fee loans.

For more information on tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • Safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • Uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placement students (if applicable)
  • UK field trips
  • Educational visits
  • Student exchanges
  • Criminal Records Bureau checks
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership
  • Governing body awards

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible students can also choose to take out a maintenance loan for each year of your course to help you meet the costs of being a student.

The money will have to be paid back but only after you leave LJMU and starting earning over the income threshold, currently £21,000 for those resident in England.

Part-time students are not eligible to take out these loans.

For more information on student loans, go

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Paying back your student loans

Any loans you take out while studying will be added together into one loan account. This means that when you start paying back your student loans, you will only make one affordable monthly payment. This monthly repayment will be the same regardless of how many loans you have taken out. That’s because your repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you borrowed from the Student Loans Company.

The current threshold for students normally resident in England is £21,000. Once your income goes over this threshold your employer will start taking repayments from your salary just like tax and national insurance. If your income falls below £21,000 your repayments will stop.

Career prospects

Dance practice is a field that is constantly evolving and there is a greater emphasis on collaboration and technology, which means that artists need to be open to new approaches to dance. This means there are now more opportunities than ever to get involved in all kinds of dance-related careers.

Many of our Dance Practices students have gone on to perform professionally with companies such as Motion House, National Dance Company Wales, and Jasmin Vardimon; or to form their own company or work as freelance dance artists. They have worked in community dance, as independent choreographers/directors, as managers or administrators, in professional theatre, or in teaching, from Key Stage 1 up to Higher Education.

Other students have continued their studies via teacher training courses, or an MA in Dance Practices, or have won scholarships for further training on postgraduate performance courses at UK Dance Conservatoires.

Our student successes include:

  • Jo Ashbridge, independent artist who received the TURN award in 2015
  • Owen Coyne who became a performer with Stomp
  • Sarah Lyon, Youth and Community Dance Manager at Yorkshire Dance Centre
  • Laura Newman who set up the dance company Fragmented and has been commissioned to create a piece for JMUpstart – LJMU’s own dance company – and for Cloud9 in London
  • Hannah Davis who runs her own company Reflections and is a dance lecturer at Dudley College
  • Jessica Dean who went to New York to study at the Limon School, and is now on the intern project with Brooklyn Ballet Company

New for 2017 – CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

The extensive connections of the academic team who teach this course greatly enrich the programme by bringing in guest artists to lead workshops and using technology to collaborate with universities overseas. An example of this is our partnership with Nova Southeaster University in Florida, USA, with whom we run a project to explore and share creative practices.

We also have professional links to MDI (Merseyside dance intuitive) People Dancing (Foundation for Community Dance) and partnerships with Taciturn Dance and Stop Gap Integrated Dance, and are part of a North West dance teacher's consortium. We regularly support external events and conferences, represent the university on International Day of the Disabled Person.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.

For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.

Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers ( or email: for more details.

Tuition fees

International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £9,135 to pay for their living costs (or £1,015 per month).

LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £9,135. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £6,090.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website:

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team ( guidance.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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