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BA (Hons) Physical Education with Dance

If you are passionate about sports as well as dance, this is the perfect opportunity for you to study both within your degree. This is the only current programme in England that allows for you to develop your expertise in delivering both PE and dance.

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You'll do sporting activities and dance technique classes in every year of the course

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Entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades CCC or above

Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above

Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D

And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above

A DBS check is required as is experience in sporting activities and dance

UCAS points 96

UCAS code PED1

UCAS institution code P63

Duration Three years full-time

Course Summary

BA (Hons) Physical Education with Dance explores the scientific principles that underpin both PE and dance. You'll learn how to plan and deliver a range of exciting and innovation lessons that engage pupils who have different needs and abilities. 

The BA (hons) Physical Education with Dance degree programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to challenge outdated notions of physical education and dance, and thus play a part in creating the next generation of healthy and physically literate individuals. 

Both the PE and dance elements of the programme are designed to encourage creative and innovative practice, giving you the acquiring the knowledge, skills and understanding to deliver both subjects. You'll learn theory and practice through delivering PE and dance to children and young people in both school settings and in the wider community. The developmental design of the programme allows you to base your career aspiration on experiences during the three-year programme instead of committing to primary or secondary education at the start of your degree. 

In your second year you carry out a 100 hours placement in a school setting. You can align this with your career aspirations so if you are interested in primary education your placement will be in a primary school setting. Likewise, if you know that you would like to teach in the secondary sector, your placement will be in a secondary school. You may be particularly interested in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) so there is also an option to spend your placement in a SEND school. You can also choose to do two placements of 50 hours each in different types of schools to help you confirm whether you would like to teach in primary, secondary or special educational needs (SEND) contexts.

Throughout the programme you will be engaging with pedagogy from both a theoretical and a practical perspective through delivering a diverse range of physical activities to children and young people in school settings.   You will be working with pupils in every year of your degree through a range of experiential learning opportunities embedded within modules. 

Each year you will study six modules. Two modules each year are designed specifically for PE with Dance students and the remaining four are shared with BA (Hons) Physical Education as they are relevant to both PE and dance teaching.  To see a snapshot of each module you will study, please scroll down to click on the links.

You will study in world-class sports facilities at the University including our BASES accredited sports science laboratory, climatic chamber, 25m swimming pool and numerous 4G and astro-turf pitches.

In order to achieve Qualified Teaching Status (QTS), which you need to teach in most UK schools, you'll need to follow this degree with a postgraduate teaching qualification, such as PGCE PEPGCE Primary or School Direct.

Why this course at Marjon?

Unique programme that focusses on developing knowledge in both PE and dance

Numerous opportunities to learn through practice as you work with a range of different children and young people

Enthusiastic lecturers with considerable experience across a range of related areas

World class sports facilities including a British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accredited sports science laboratory

You'll do sporting activities and dance technique classes in every year of the course

BOTH physical education and dance within one degree

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

During the first year you will learn the fundamentals of body movement that underpin all physical activities. You will also learn how to plan and deliver coaching sessions and discover how to self-assess coaching performance. During the second year you will experience dance within musical theatre and explore how this can enhance participation. You will also learn how dance is taught in primary and secondary schools, as well as in the community. In your third year you’ll learn the directing skills to put on shows, and learn about how education engages pupils in schools.
Erica Eaton-Quinn - Course Leader

1st Year

Becoming a PE Teacher or Sports Coach
Provides you with the tools you need to produce your best academic work, develop your criticality and help you to move towards your career aspirations.
PE, Physical Activity, Health and Lifelong Participation
You will explore the National Curriculum for PE in Key stages 1-4 and how high-quality PE can support lifelong engagement with physically active lifestyles. You will consider the barriers to engaging faced in the primary and secondary sectors and how these could be addressed alongside an exploration of how we can ensure inclusive practice for all learners with different needs.
Sports science principles of growth & development
This module will underpin the rest of your degree programme and the rest of your career in PE teaching. On this module you will explore the positive and potentially negative impacts of physical activity on a growing and maturing body.
Sport coaching and the coaching process
You’ll learn to plan coaching sessions, then deliver those sessions, and finally evaluate and reflect upon this process in order to improve practice. All of this will be underpinned by theory about the coaching process.
Dance technique and improvisation (contemporary with a focus on two different styles)
Develop individual creativity through practical experience of contemporary dance technique classes.
Dance, health, safe practice and risk (to include fitness for dance and dance for fitness)
Develop an understanding of how dance can be used to enhance health through participation. Appreciate how dancers can maintain their own health and maximise their fitness for performance. Understand the parameters of risk assessment and safe practice in dance.

2nd Year

Work based learning (placement)
100 hour placement in a primary, secondary or special educational needs school where you will engage with both curriculum and extra-curricular activities. This placement can be split to help inform your career aspirations, for example between primary and secondary schools or primary and SEN schools.
Research methods in sport & physical education
What’s the difference between facts and alternative facts, evidence and fake news? The scientific method. In this module you’ll learn about research and evidence by doing research to produce evidence, and take the first step towards your dissertation.
Learning theory and the learner
Develop your understanding of how to plan and assess learning with a focus on the health agenda and its realisation through the school setting.
Planning & Assessment through Physical Activity (with option to deliver health through dance in schools instead of PE)
A consideration of planning and assessing with a focus on children’s and adolescents’ health and wellbeing.
Delivering dance in the school and the community with inclusive practice
Learning a variety of different ways of delivering dance in schools from primary through to secondary, including delivering GCSE and A Level. Explore delivery of dance in a community setting to enhance engagement with physical activity.
Dance and musical theatre styles
Experience dance within Musical Theatre through practices such as jazz and tap. Study, analyse and explore the potential of Musical Theatre to enhance participation.

3rd Year

Overturn orthodoxies, subvert the status quo, or put the evidence into evidenced-based practice when you embrace a quest for new knowledge in the capstone of your studies: the Dissertation.
Pedagogy in practice
You will be teaching PE lessons to both primary and secondary students supported by keynote lectures.
Thematic learning in education
Develop innovative methods of engaging learners with a range of different subjects and concepts such as global citizenship.
Dance and technology
Explore how technology can be used to enhance dancer performance. Develop knowledge and understanding of how technology can be used in multimedia choreography and performance.
Performance Directing Others – planning, developing and staging dance work
You’ll work with a group of young people to stage a scripted musical theatre production.

This course is perfect if you’re curious about

How can I use dance to develop fundamental movement skills in young children?

Why does engaging with sports and dance have an impact on physical development?

How can I encourage participation in physical activities in those who tend to disengage?

How can I improve the fitness of my talented dancers and sports performers?

How can I use technology to support performance in both the sports and dance domain?

How do dance and sport activities influence a child's cognitive and social development?

What might you become?

The majority of graduates enter the teaching profession in either primary or secondary education, following a PGCE or School Direct programme.

Your skills and experiences on the course could also help you move into other roles in education, community dance teaching, coaching, sport, sport development and dance development.

There is also opportunity to go onto further a range of sport-related Masters’ degrees available through Plymouth Marjon University.


How you’ll be taught and assessed?

How will you be taught?

Lectures, practical sessions, dance technique classes, peer teaching, delivery in schools and the community, workshops, laboratory sessions and reflective practice.

How will you be assessed?

Includes presentations, essays, planning and delivering lessons, designing innovative teaching and learning resources, Carrying out risk assessments, blogs, portfolios, practical skills assessment and a final written Honours Project.

Erica Eaton-Quinn

Erica Eaton Quinn

Course leader

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Erica has taught in numerous schools, in both the primary and secondary sectors. She is particularly interested in the relationship between physical activity and health. Erica is passionate about developing physical literacy in foundation and primary aged children to enhance engagement and participation. She is committed to developing a more accessible Physical Education curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils, including those who do not identify as 'sporty'. Erica is also interested in the use of training modalities such as Pilates and Yoga based practices to provide holistic training and diverse learning opportunities in school. Erica has a specific interest in the design of authentic and 'real life' learning opportunities that are based upon innovation and creativity. She has a strong interest in the learning opportunities afforded by adopting a thematic approach to the design and delivery of learning across ages. She has a particular interest in the delivery of curriculum subjects and the wider curriculum through the physical domain. Erica also delivers dance pedagogy across degree programmes based upon her dance background and post graduate studies at the Laban Centre. She has a personal interest in talent identification and development in children with a particular focus on dance. She is also keen to encourage the development of dance in Devon.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,500 per annum

This fee covers your tuition and access to course-specific equipment and facilities, as well associated services including access to the library, study skills support, IT support, student support and wellbeing services and membership of the Student Union. There may be additional costs by course.

Funding available for this course

Our Student Funding Advisors offer confidential and impartial advice about your funding options.

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Aaron Cusack

Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching and Physical Education

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Aaron is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching & Physical Education and is also the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Sport Coaching. He teaches predominately across the Sport Coaching & Physical Education degree programmes focusing specifically on practice design, skill acquisition, performance analysis, participation coaching and performance coaching.

Kelvin Kirk

Senior Lecturer

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Kelvin Kirk is a qualified PE teacher who now teaches sports coaching at Marjon. He has risen through the coaching ranks of volleyball to enable him to award coaching qualifications; he has also more recently coached junior football for several years. His reserach interests are in primary PE and the increasing use of modern technology in enhancing PE.

Katy Morse

Visiting lecturer

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Katy is a professional actor and has performed in many musicals on UK national tours, including at the Victoria Palace, London and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. She teaches Performing Arts in Education and Musical Theatre.


Juliet Paterson

Lecturer of Sport, Health and PE

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Juliet is a qualified primary school teacher and has led PE in a number of schools. In addition to this Juliet was South West Lead for British Triathlon's children’s coach development initiative ‘Skills School’. As a British Triathlon Coach Educator and Assessor, she has also tutored coaches to gain their Level 1 and 2 Coaching qualifications.

Juliet’s teaching experiences and coaching qualifications include a wide range of sports, including traditional sports such as hockey and rowing, modern sports such as triathlon and individual sports such as athletics and swimming. She has worked with a range of age groups and experience levels, from young children in primary school and club settings, through to regional academy athletes.

Frequently asked questions

Q1   Q1 Does the course include practical sessions alongside lectures and seminars?

Yes, this is a really practical course. You will often have a theory lecture followed by a practical session to explore what the theory looks like in practice.

Q2   Q2 Will I be taking dance classes as a part of my degree?

Yes, in semester A of year one you will be taking the bespoke module, Technique and Improvisation. In this module you will be taking classes in ballet, contemporary dance styles, such as Cunningham and Release, as well as exploring how your body can move in complex ways through improvisation.

Q3   Q3 What if I am not sure whether I want to work in the primary, secondary or SEND schools?

This course will be perfect for you as it is designed developmentally.  This means that all the modules you take can be applied to any of these sectors.

Q4   Q4 I know I want to teach, but I don’t feel confident yet to plan and deliver PE or dance to a whole class?

Don’t worry, we will build up your knowledge, skills and understanding over the three years to enable you to plan and deliver high quality PE and dance lessons.

Q5   Q5 Will I have the opportunity to teach pupils on this course to help me develop expertise?

Yes, you will be teaching pupils in every year of your degree.

Q6   Q6 Will I be able to get involved with sports and dance outside my studies?

Yes! We have a wide range of sports teams that you can join to play competitively or for recreation. We also have Dance Society that put on annual production in our Quad Theatre as well as a popular Cheerleading Club. If there is a specific club or society that does not exist, Marjon will support you in creating it.

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