University of Bedfordshire

University of Bedfordshire

Secondary Education (Dance)

The programme includes subject-specific sessions, lectures and seminars designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required to teach dance in secondary schools. The teaching builds on students existing knowledge about dance, developing effective pedagogical practice to enable students to inspire, in the pupils they teach, competence in dance performance, choreography and appreciation. In addition, students develop a knowledge of general professional issues and explore the role of dance in relation to the National Curriculum, GCSE, A-level and other accredited courses. The University works in partnership with local schools and students undertake 2 placements in different schools, at least 1 of which includes A-level dance, in addition to an observation practice in a primary school. The course emphasises ways in which dance as an art can contribute to the education of young people across the full secondary range of age and ability.

Entry requirements

A minimum of Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in dance or a degree that demonstrates a substantial dance component. GCSE English and mathematics grade C. Recent and relevant experience of working with children in a mainstream UK school. Criminal Records Bureau check, interview and test.

Course modules

The nature of dance and the dance curriculum; teaching and learning in dance; assessment for learning; subject enhancement and understanding of dance 11-16.

Assessment methods

There are assignments, rather than formal examinations, and continuous assessment related to the national standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) specified in the most recent government documentation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PGCE Full-time £ 3,375 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PGCE Full-time £ 9,650 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bedford Campus Bedford MK41 9EA South East

Key information

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