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Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2023

October 2024

October 2025

About this program


Dance can be described as a fluid art form. It is constantly changing, exposed to different cultural contexts, bodily histories and physical disciplines, as well as being influenced by political and social movements. This degree aims to explore dance as a living social practice and dynamic art form, considering how dance throughout both eastern and western cultures has been cultivated through traditional training practices as well as more contemporary cultural influences.

Dance at Liverpool Hope looks at the bodies, techniques, performances and histories that make up dance practice today both from an embedded perspective - as a source for developing material - and from a reflective position, combining both theoretical and practical approaches to learning. The dance team are all professional practitioners and active researchers whose specialist skills map into the diverse areas of dance history, dance technique, site-specific choreography, multicultural dance and somatic practice.

During your studies, you will have the opportunity to work alongside professional visiting choreographers and dance artists, performing for public audiences as well as developing a consistent studio practice through one-to-one and group seminars and regular dance classes and workshops. Here at Liverpool Hope we actively encourage students to consider their art form as an ethical and embodied practice, where dance can reflect some of the social and cultural concerns of our day.

Admission requirements

  • A-Levels - BBC
  • UCAS Tariff Points - 112 UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
  • BTEC - DMM
  • Access to HE - 112 Tariff Points
  • IB - 28
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
  • Welsh Baccalaureate - This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
  • Subject Requirements - All applicants will be required to attend an audition.

International entry requirements

IELTS - 6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year One


This is a dynamic, physical exploration of the choreographic form, which will help to develop both your solo and ensemble skills through the study of a selection of contemporary choreographers and practical classes. This will culminate in a large- scale performance opportunity.

Technique – Ballet and Contemporary

You will examine in-depth the elements that go into making a successful dancer.You will work towards building strength and flexibility, injury prevention and technical details of the particular dance style.

Critical Contexts

This is a historical, critical and vital look at the development of dance from a selection of times and places, specifically studying dance through modernism to the twenty-first century.

Dance Practices

Based on the lecture series Critical Contexts, this is a practical which explores historical, modern and postmodern approaches to dance.

Year Two

Dance in Critical Contexts 2

This lecture series examines dance from the point of view of the maker and from different cultural perspectives.

Dance Practices 2

This seminar series explores sited practice and delves into the world of screen dance and social media.

Applied Composition

An introduction to facilitating and implementing choreography in different settings. This seminar includes a placement.

Technique – Contemporary

Contemporary technique builds on the work from the first year.

Year Three

Dance in Critical Contexts 3

This lecture series brings together the critical frameworks studied over the previous two years and uses them to explore the connections between dance and the wider world.

Dance Research Methods

This second lecture series preparesyou foryour dissertation by exploring different ways of researching in the dance world.

Dance Practices 3

You will locate your individual dance practice. You will develop a Negotiated Learning Contract that may take the form of a self-choreography, dance performance, screen dance, teaching or written work.

Technique – Contemporary and Partnering

Building on the previous year’s work, these techniques explore the reality of working with others.


You will complete a research project on a topic of your choice, with support from an individual supervisor.

In addition, you will choose one of the two following seminar series:

Applied Dance

A seminar that explores and preparesyou for dance in community settings. This seminar includes a placement in such places as MDI, Wirral Creative Youth Enterprises and various schools.

Advanced Composition

This seminar is designedto enable students to have a firm ownership over dance processes and products and to develop ahigh standard of physical awareness, movement skills, choreographic form. This module results in a series of performance outcomes.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The International Tuition fees for 2022/23 are £12,500.


The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programe involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component.

Career paths

Our graduates work across the creative sector, and their highly developed social and practical skills make them very employable in a wide range of workplaces. We currently have graduates working in the National Youth Dance Company of Wales, the Black e-Community Arts Space in Liverpool and, internationally, at The Space Dance and Arts Centre, Melbourne. We also have graduates who have gone on to have a career as a Freelance Dancer, Choreographer, Community Dance Artist, Dance Therapist, Dance Teacher and Director of Drama.

Students graduating from the Dance course at Liverpool Hope University will have accumulated a wide range of practical and critical skills to apply directly in the professional workplace. Students will graduate with hands-on experience in running community dance projects, managing rehearsal schedules, evaluating and reviewing professional dance work and producing performance works in professional environments.

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Liverpool Hope University

With a history extending 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a strong tradition of scholarship and research in key disciplines. The University places emphasis on bringing together research excellence and top-quality teaching. This research-informed teaching enables our students to develop...

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Why study at Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University is a vibrant community of scholars, students and support staff. We are proud of our past, confident in our present and ambitious for our future.

With a history extending over 175 years, Liverpool Hope has developed a distinctive ethos that brings together scholarship, research and teaching.

Just one in five UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard, which measures excellence in teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes - the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals. The city of Liverpool is a wonderful place to study. With a rich culture and heritage and an International airport on the doorstep, why study anywhere else?

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