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.
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.
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.
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.
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.