On this dynamic degree programme, you’ll be able to combine your passion for dance and movement with an interest in health, the body and fitness. Bucks has a number of excellent facilities including a brand new Human Performance lab, a gym and several dance studios. You’ll spend time focusing on the strategy and delivery of a number of dance forms and develop entrepreneurial skills to help you make the most of your talents in this exciting and progressive industry.
What will this course cover?
During this course you’ll study commercial dance techniques, alongside dance science, business, and aerobics. Each year you’ll have the opportunity to gain professional fitness qualifications, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). We’ll look at the commercial value, artistic merit, history and developing framework of dance and fitness.
You’ll take key modules in strength and conditioning as well as applied psychology and injury prevention. You’ll spend time working on entrepreneurship and enterprise. This will help you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively as a self-employed professional, or launch your own dance or fitness related business.
In your third year of this degree, you’ll have the chance to train an individual client in our commercial gym. You’ll also have the opportunity to create a dissertation project of your choice – either practical or written. The project will focus on the integration of dance and fitness with business, teaching or training.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
We have excellent facilities at Bucks including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us.
Professional fitness qualifications
Each year you’ll have the chance to gain professional fitness qualifications, recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). This includes the REPS Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor Award, Level 2 Gym Instructor Award and the Level 3 Personal Trainer Award.
Human performance laboratory
Our Human Performance Laboratory has been designed to increase athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The lab is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology and is also equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The overall aim is to use both theoretical and practical teaching methods to allow students to explore issues fully in the context of their work. Innovative teaching and learning methods guide students towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme. Formative assessments create a point from which students and lecturers can appraise development, consolidate learning and plan ahead. Summative assessments allow recognition for progression to further study, inform those involved of the level of achievement, and validate the learning process.
The emphasis will be on enabling the student to develop essential skills (both in practice and theory) and knowledge that are needed to learn and to demonstrate learning.
The focus of practical engagement will remain but the nature of skills and assessment will be further developed. Students will be expected to apply theoretical understanding in a variety of different scenarios, and employ a number of approaches to expression and articulation in assignments.
The focus is upon the student attaining a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding they have developed in the rest of the course to a particular case study or project of their own devising. As this study will be predominantly self-directed, students will have developed the necessary subject specific and generic skills needed to enter the industry.
What are my career prospects
When you graduate from this course, you’ll be able to explore a number of opportunities in the dance and fitness industry. This might include working as a performing dancer, teaching dance and fitness classes, or pursuing a career as a personal trainer. You’ll also have the skills to launch your own dance and fitness venture.
You’ll also be able to further your studies at postgraduate level, or train to become a dance and fitness teacher in the education sector.
How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.
Having studied at Bucks you’ll become part of a thriving dance network. Our skilled and experienced teaching team along with successful alumni, will be able to provide you with connections across many areas of the dance and fitness industries.
We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.
The Big Deal
At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.
We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK. It’s a big deal!