Dance - BA(Hons) [Full time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Performance and Production Arts

School Creative and Digital Technologies

Attendance Full-Time


The BA Hons Dance programme is an exciting 3 year, practical training course which has been designed by professional dance practitioners to introduce and develop the skills and knowledge required to become a dance performer, choreographer, practitioner and/or teacher. It offers a unique opportunity to undertake a course which synthesises technical training, creative workshops, performance opportunities, academic and industry skills. In addition to continuous training in Contemporary, Ballet and Jazz/Urban techniques, you’ll be encouraged to explore a variety of dance processes and movement styles to become a versatile performer. You will experience a range of creative and collaborative projects led by our teaching staff who are industry experienced, having worked in the dance sector for many years as performers, choreographers, and dance facilitators.
The BA (Hons) Dance programme is delivered within the Performance Academy, one of the most comprehensive training environments in the UK with state-of-the-art facilities including 9 full size dance and acting studios, the 250 seat Peter Sarah Theatre, a studio theatre, radio station, editing suite, recording studios and a music venue.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our BA (Hons) Dance work ready guarantee we have strong
links established with dance companies and practitioners working regionally and nationally. As a result there are a variety of opportunities and placements throughout the year for you to participate in, which mirror current industry practices and inform your Industry Engagement and Industry Portfolio modules.
We are a centre for regional dance and have several partnerships with companies such as Fertile Ground, BalletLORENT, Kelly- Abbott Dance Theatre, EliotSmith Dance Company and Joelene English Dance Theatre who share our studios and resources to develop their work.
The BA (Hons) Dance programme hosts an Experience of Work week culminating in ‘Circulate’, an Industry Network Event to bring together dance students, industry practitioners and companies to create work and perform alongside each other. In addition you will be given the opportunity to experience working within a simulated company setting led by a professional choreographer. Previous industry projects have been developed by Nicole Watson of Surface Area Dance Theatre, Caroline Reece and Gavin Coward of BalletLORENT, Tom Prichard, Anthony Lo-Guidice, Hofesh Shechter, Ellen van Schylenburch from the Merce Cunningham Company, Jenny Wren of Slanjayvah Danza, Holly Irving, Anna Hall and Tracy West of Braenna CIC, Kristen Kelly Abbott Dance Theatre, EliotSmith Dance Company, Jamie Neale, Alys North and Joelene English Dance Theatre. We have an excellent partnership with Fertile Ground who provide company class allowing you to train alongside professional dancers.
At level 5 you’ll be encouraged to gain work-placement experience to enhance your studies providing you with knowledge of the real working environments. At Level 6 your Professional Practice Company will require you to lead your own industry-based project and present your work around the region.

Who the course is for

This course is ideally suited to students who will thrive following an intensive practical dance training regime and who are interested in developing their skills within a range of dance techniques. You should be inquisitive in the development of your creative and leadership abilities as performers, choreographers, dance teachers and managers. So if you have a passion for dance and are prepared to experience a range of dance styles, techniques and processes then this is the course for you.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion you will be awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Dance validated by NCG.

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

Course Content

Year 01 (level 4)

  • Contemporary Techniques 1
  • Ballet 1
  • Urban, Jazz and Commercial 1
  • Performance 1
  • Understanding the Body
  • Transferable Skills
  • Choreography
  • Dance Appreciation

The main aim of level 4 is to focus on the development of technical training and performance skills, with the Understanding the Body module providing anatomical and nutritional knowledge to maximise performance. Choreography and Dance Appreciation encourage understanding of how dances are made within a range of dance genres, whilst Transferable Skills builds confidence in both academic and industry related skills. Students will experience working as a simulated performance company in projects led by internal and professional choreographers.


Year 02 (level 5)

  • Contemporary Techniques 2
  • Ballet 2
  • Urban, Jazz and Commercial 2
  • Performance 2
  • Expanding Horizons
  • Industry Engagement
  • Choreographic Investigations
  • Dance Management
  • Dance Facilitation

Level 5 continues to build upon the training and performance modules of Level 4 whilst giving the opportunity to explore and experience a range of different skills such as aerial, tap, singing and/or acting within the Expanding Horizons module. Students are expected to engage with the local dance industry and begin to build their professional profile through projects and placements. In addition students will experience working as a simulated performance company in projects led by internal and professional choreographers.
Level 5 offers the option to tailor the programme through optional modules providing more specific knowledge of either Choreography, Dance Facilitation and teaching or Dance Management.

Year 03 (level 6)

  • Technical Development
  • Professional Practice – (Company)
  • Industry Portfolio
  • Research and Dissemination

Whilst refining their technical training, at Level 6 students will form a Professional Practice Company and will lead interdependent, industry based projects. They will build their Industry Portfolio to illustrate their current work and recent placements within the industry and develop their professional profile. Following from their option choice at Level 5, students are required to explore a process of Research and Dissemination within either an academic or practice based research project. They will present their work as performance, lecture demonstration, dissertation, industry report or peer reviewed article relevant to the career path of their choice.

Learning Methods

The BA (Hons) Dance programme operates through a varied and challenging timetable inclusive of practical technique classes, creative workshops, industry observation and placement, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training, rehearsal and study. Assessment methods include set practical technique exercises, the performance of set repertoire and newly choreographed works, practical/creative tasks, academic essays and reports, and creative portfolios. A range of enrichment workshops led by visiting practitioners/ professional dancers takes place for you to gain knowledge of current movement styles and techniques not directly assessed within modules.
Assessment will take the form of practical demonstrations of technical exercises and set repertoire studies in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz/Urban styles in addition to performance of dance works, verbal presentations, written essays, reports and portfolios.

Career Opportunities

Previous students from the FdA Dance and BA (Hons) programmes have successful careers in both the commercial and contemporary industries, working within performance, choreography, teaching and dance production, in addition to related careers in the creative arts and leisure industries, notably fitness / personal training, events management and sports studies.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff Points at A-level, BTEC QCF Subsidiary, 90 Credit, National or Extended Diploma; Pass in Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) .
Applicants are normally expected to have achieved grade C in GCSE Maths & English Language or the Level 2 equivalents.
Mature students (age 21) will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 5.5 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

As part of developing professionalism the BA (Hons) Dance programme operate a dress code policy. As a dance students you will be required to purchase the following:
Female: Black leotard and black footless lights or unitard, pink ballet tights, ballet shoes, coloured leotard and tights for Jazz, Jazz shoes or boots, tracksuit / hoody and jogging bottoms.
Male: Black shorts and vest or unitard, ballet shoes, support, Jazz shoes or boots, and tracksuit / hoody and jogging bottoms.
In addition it is expected that you will incur the following costs:
£25 (per term) Theatre visits
£35 Physio Screening
£30 Placement costs - additional travelling if needed
£20 Realisation of choreography (costume / music etc)
£20 Company Expenses

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.