Dance Practises - Liverpool John Moores University

2019/20 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: £14,450 per annum

All figures are subject to yearly increases.

*The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year, subject to parliamentary approval.

Course type

BA (Hons)

Bachelor of Arts

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: W500

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time

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:

  • Dance Practices (Drama category) has been ranked top 20 in the 2019 Guardian League Table
  • A stepping stone to careers and postgraduate study in choreography, performance and dance 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, National Dance Agencies, 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
  • Start month: September 
  • Campus location: Teaching will commence at IM Marsh Campus, but may be subject to change in 2019/20

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

Additional course costs

Optional theatre trips will have costs involved.

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 offered to help you with course work.

Go abroad

LJMU aims to make an international opportunity available to every student. You may be able to study abroad as part of your degree, either in Europe or the US. You could take part in a work placement in Europe under the ERASMUS+ scheme, or apply for one of our prestigious worldwide internship programmes. You may be able to attend a two week Summer School with one of our worldwide partners.

Our Go Global Fund can help with costs towards volunteering, individual projects or unpaid placements anywhere in the world. With all these opportunities at your feet, why wouldn’t you take up the chance to go abroad?

Find out more about studying or working abroad or email us at:

Course details

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

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.

You will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of projects run by the department. For instance, our dance company, JMUpstart, gives final year students first-hand experience of running a dance business and regularly secures funding to lead community projects with disadvantaged young people, as well as contracts for dance in local primary and secondary schools. The company has toured a variety of conferences and festivals since 2008, 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” project integrates 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. The IM Marsh Campus where this course is based is renowned for its friendliness and strong sense of community.​ You can watch the campus video here.​

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 courses for 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications


Application and selection

A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is a requirement of entry onto this course

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Subject specific requirements: It is expected that applicants have studied at least one relevant subject.
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* from a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM from related subjects including Performance, Dance or Physical Theatre.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject – achieving a minimum of 112 UCAS points

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Points from 5 subjects at higher level.

Additional entry requirement information

Not applicable

Will I be interviewed?

Applicants undertake an audition


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?


International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The fees quoted are those for the 2018/19 year as information for 2019/20 is not yet available. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year. However, this is still subject to the normal parliamentary approval. Once 2019/20 fees are confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £25,000**.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

Part time students starting in 2018 or later can also apply for a maintenance loan.

For more information on student loans, go to:

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £25,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £25,000).*

* Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

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

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 and perform annually at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

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, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

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 fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given 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. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

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 for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

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.

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 reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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