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If you want to study dance and performance practically, but also want to gain an understanding of its histories and the current dance industry, this is the course for you. No matter what your dance experience and background is, this course allows you to experiment and explore your creative potential, preparing you for a career in the dance or creative arts industries.
You will develop your own dance identity by studying a variety of topics such as choreography, dance technique and performance, and the dance industry with a particular focus on teaching dance or event management.
The course is forward-thinking and emphasises the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion that makes the dance industry a vibrant and exciting place to work. There are opportunities to undertake a work placement or professional project or collaborate across disciplines (such as with a composer or filmmaker).
You'll work in a range of workshops and technique classes, across a range of dance and performance styles, for example:
Throughout the three years you will gain a valuable insight into the dance industry through the Dance Industry modules preparing you for employment after graduating from the course.
There is the option to specialise in choreography or Hip Hop and Urban Performance Practices in years two and three, and work as a dance company in year three.
The dance course also capitalises on London's vibrant multicultural dance scene, enabling you to access well-known dance centres like Sadler's Wells, the South Bank Centre, the Barbican and the Place.
If you are planning to join this course in September 2020, please view the information about changes to courses for 2020/21 due to Covid-19.
Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2020/21 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2020/21. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas course page.
By the time you graduate you'll have gained real-life experience and skills of what it is linked to working in the dance industry and completed projects that will help kick-start your career. You will do this through learning, making, performing, watching, and discussing dances in new ways, using eye-opening perspectives and developing your professional and employability skills.
As you progress, you will work on projects that draw together different strands of your learning. Across the three years of the course, you will have increasing independence in the design and delivery of these projects.
Year 1 focuses on developing your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be introduced to the dance industry and set a plan for what you need to do to support your career aspirations. You will develop your technical and performance skills in a range of dance styles and apply this to your choreographic work. dance technique and knowledge of. You will also learn about the history of dance, anatomy and dance training.
This Level 4 module is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of Western Theatrical Dance history. The module introduces you to the histories and practices embedded in Western theatrical dance and the research methods associated with the study of dance history.
The combination of practice and theory will enable you to establish, identify and experience the relationship between dance histories, theory and practice. In a series of tutor-led seminars/practical sessions and workshops, you will consider the historical contexts that gave rise to and changed dance practices, the dancing body and dance performances. For example, discussions and practical sessions may include theories and histories embedded in the dancing body; Natural Movement in Britain; Reconstructing the past: re-enacting the cannon; Judson Church: rethinking dance performance and the dancing body.
Besides learning subject-specific theory and practice, the module includes sessions dedicated to the development of academic skills. These sessions will enable you to develop your academic writing and key research skills such as information search and retrieval, bibliographical research, identifying and selecting relevant information, and referencing.
This is a year long, core Level 4 module for all students taking dance programmes at Kingston. In this module you will study dances from an anthropological perspective through both theoretical and critical analysis, and embodied practice and performance. You will study, analyse and embody dance practices from a range of cultures and societies. Discussion will include how dances have been, and currently are regarded by a range of ‘audiences' and their participants, as well as analysis of the specific contexts of their production, reception and consumption. Inherent in these discussions are notions of change, transmission and migration of dance forms and practices to other contexts. You will be encouraged to explore the relationships between dance and culture, dance and identity, and dance and the community, as well as reflecting on the role, place and value of dance in a range of cultures and societies, including their own. Throughout the course you will participate in blocks of practical workshops that will develop technical and expressive skills in relevant dance styles.
This is a core module for all Level 4 students. It is the first in a series of three modules designed to improve your critical appreciation and creative skills. In these sessions you will learn new choreographic techniques from a variety of performance disciplines. You will also learn how to draw upon, frame, develop and appraise your existing creative skills. You will develop collaborative skills and learn how to critically appraise your work and the work of others.
This module serves to expand your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its application to dance practice and safe dance practice. Issues of the ‘Healthier Dancer' (OneDanceUK) and the area of dance science/dance medicine will be features of the module, as well as how to better implement technical / personal progression within these classes. The module will complement and enhance all practical work undertaken within other modules, through the development of your functional understanding of anatomy and physiology.
This module also serves as a strong foundation for those interested in working within the areas of dance practice, dance science/medicine, dance teaching, academia and the health and fitness sector.
Year 2, provides you with the opportunities to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding developed in year 1 to the development of projects. Alongside developing your dance technique you will have the opportunity to develop your teaching skills or gain an insight into producing and managing events completing group projects. You will also learn about theoretical frameworks that will help you develop your understanding of the dance industry today and have the opportunity to specialise in either choreography or Hip Hop and Urban performance practices.
This core Level 5 module enables you to frame critical and analytical investigations of dance movement, dance works and dance events. Performing Theories combines practical sessions and lectures in order to introduce you to methodological tools, theoretical frameworks and critical writings in relation to dance performance and dance practices.
The module addresses a number of key methodologies used within 21st century dance research, including intertextuality in dance, the body politic and gender representations in performance. These concepts will be explored through technique classes, repertoire sessions, video and live performance analysis and group discussions.
This is a core module for Level 5 Dance students that introduces the concept of ‘popular dance' through the examination of a range of theoretical approaches, the analysis of a number of popular dances, practical embodiment and your own ethnographic research. During the module we will examine the concepts of popular culture and popular dance using writing from cultural studies, popular music, film and media studies, and sociology. We will examine a number of popular dance forms within their specific contexts of production, circulation, consumption and participation, and consider how the various sites in which they take place (across the vernacular, stage and screen media) have an effect on meaning, value and aesthetics. We will consider how engaging in popular dance provides individuals with ways to negotiate, and challenge constructs of identity, and the social frameworks in which they are located. We will also discuss and examine various methodologies used for the research of popular dance forms, and through practical workshops learn about specific technical and performative techniques that are often used when popular dance styles become theatricalised and codified.
This 30 credit Level 5 optional module is available to full and major field students and is designed to consolidate the creative and critical concepts introduced at Level 4 and to expand upon improvisatory practices and choreographic techniques. Through the study of different dance and performance genres, you will be expected to make more sophisticated use of choreographic devices and effectively combine creative strategies from said dance genres in the creation of a piece of choreography.
This optional Level 5 year-long module develops your knowledge and understanding of the professional dance world. The module is designed to develop your employability for a range of professional dance contexts and careers (for example dance management and dance company education). You will be encouraged to develop key professional skills needed for the workplace, such as CV writing and project management, as well as learning about the structures and policies of large-scale dance organisations in the UK, and professional standards and codes of conduct. In the second part of the academic year you will gain first-hand experience of project organisation and management by working in groups to set up a University focused dance event, dance performance or dance education workshop with specific roles tailored to your career interests.
This is a year long optional Level 5 module in which students will deepen their understanding of the anthropological study of dance and human movement systems, whilst gaining technical and expressive skills relevant to a range of dances located outside of the traditional Western theatrical 'art dance' canon.
You will analyse and embody dance practices from a range of cultures and societies with a particular focus on the ways in which dance forms move and develop through diasporic networks taking on new meaning and value in each context. You will engage in an intensive series of practical workshops in national and diasporic forms such as South Asian and African people's dances, as well as attending a series of lectures and discussion sessions that examine how these dance styles have developed and changed over time. You will use your embodied experiences to enhance your theoretical study of dances using an anthropological perspective.
This module develops your understanding and skills relevant to dance teaching and learning. The module is designed for those who have an interest in developing knowledge and skills for teaching dance either in the community sector or within formal educational contexts in any dance style. The module content includes educational theory, learning and teaching styles, inclusive dance practice, and the professional codes and conduct of a dance teacher. During the module you will gain experience in planning, teaching and evaluating sessions with your peers, as well as external classes.
This module provides you with the opportunity to study dance techniques and/or performance styles. Through practical sessions and seminars you will develop an embodied and conceptual understanding of specific dance techniques and/or performance styles.
You will learn and consolidate the technical foundations of specific dance forms; learn the terminology used in class and develop an understanding of the role and function of:
(i) Dance technique as a key foundation to the development of dance and artistic practices.
(ii) Dance class as a site for the development of skills and preparation for performance.
The module is designed to develop your reflective practice via seminars and tasks. The seminars will introduce you to a range of theories and approaches to reflective practice (eg. Schon, Pollard, Gibbs, Crawley) and the importance of reflective practice in learning processes and skills development. The tasks will develop your awareness of reflective practice via written exercises, discussions and the compilation of a reflective blog or reflective journal.
You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad.
The focus of Year 3 is about preparing you for graduation and opportunities to work independently and lead your own projects. You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement or develop your own industry-based project, work as a member of a Dance Company with a choreographer and tailor the rest of your study to your own interests.
This Level 6 core module provides an opportunity for you to work independently under supervision on a substantial piece of written work which might include a practical component or be a practice based research project. The module offers an opportunity for you to present the results of your research in a conference setting or in a formal performance, screening setting.
You will be able to exercise and deploy knowledge and skills acquired in earlier levels by focusing on a specific topic in dance, drama, film and television, media or music. Using both primary and secondary sources, you will define and undertake a research project with the aim of producing a dissertation or practice-based research on an agreed topic. You will be permitted to undertake research in inter-disciplinary areas such as dance on screen, choreography and philosophy, cyber dance or multi media performances.
This core module for full field students, is designed to take you through the process of making a dance production, from initial conception to final performance. The focus of the module is to give you the experience of being in a ‘company' and of working closely with a professional choreographer. In the early part of the module, lectures will focus on the making / devising process of the lecturer / guest choreographer and the practical processes of creating a production, researching subject matter, setting movement material and improvising with movement ideas. Thereafter, groups will work with their choreographer both in class time and during independent study hours to create, rehearse and produce a full-scale dance-based production. Performances will take place in a theatre setting and will be open to the wider university and public.
This Level 6 optional module enables you to undertake a placement with a professional dance organisation in a career path of your choice (for example community dance teaching, teaching dance in schools, community dance management, dance event organisation, dance company management, dance company outreach). Initially you will attend lectures at the University that will prepare you for applying for a placement, and then undertaking the placement successfully. With help and advice from the module tutor you then organise your own placement with a relevant organisation, company or venue. Whilst on work placement you must plan and manage a specific project, the focus of which is decided on with your placement host and is dependent on the type of placement (eg. education, outreach, dance event management, project management, marketing). The amount of time you spend in the placement will vary depending on the kind of activity with which you are involved. You should complete a minimum of 40 hours on placement (and a maximum of 120 hours) during the year-long module.
This optional Level 6 module extends the knowledge and skills of students gained at Level 5 in the module Dance Teaching and Leading 1, which is a pre-requisite. In this module you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of educational theories through a series of lectures and discussion sessions that explore current issues relevant to learning and teaching. You will use this knowledge to reflect on your own and others' practice. Developing practical skills in the planning and delivery of dance sessions (across a range of contexts including community and the state sector) form a large component of this module and much of this work will be project-based. You will be actively involved in planning and teaching, as well as observing, reflecting, evaluating and giving feedback to your peers. There will also be opportunities to teach groups from outside the University, as well as students outside of the module. The content of this module is designed to provide excellent preparation for those who wish to continue to initial teacher training after graduation, or to those who aim to teach dance in other contexts.
This module is designed to develop new skills whilst allowing you to capitalise on existing skills in the process of conceiving, devising and delivering a creative outcome.
The module introduces you to collaborative approaches to creative practice. The collaborative approach will be explored in two different areas: choreographic practice and collaboration with different fields (eg drama, film, music). In terms of choreographic practice, you will be able to select the nature of their role within the choreographic process and explore ideas embedded in didactic and democratic models of collaboration (Butterworth, 2009). The module enables you to collaborate with a creative from a different field (eg drama, film, music) in the conception, creation and delivery of a creative outcome (eg. dance on screen, choreography and composition, physical theatre).
This Level 6 optional module allows you to further specialise in your study of dance by focusing solely on the group of popular dance forms that have become known under the umbrella term of ‘street dance'. During the module you will study a number of ‘street dances' in your historical, cultural, economic and political contexts, reflecting on the ways in which these popular dance forms have been transposed, modified, codified, commodified and hybridised. Using theoretical approaches introduced in the core Level 5 module Popular Dance, you will analyse street dances in relation to issues such as authenticity, ownership, identity, commercialisation and globalisation. You will also study how street dances are represented in screen media, for example in street dance films, music videos, TV talent shows and advertisements. This module has a substantial practical component with a particular focus on developing technical skills in styles that may include locking, popping, breaking (or b-boying / b-girling), hip hop or house.
This module offers you the opportunity to continue enhancing and developing the knowledge, cognitive and practical skills acquired in Performing Techniques 1 (L5). The reflective essay at L5 serves as the departing point from which you will develop and engage analytical and reflective modes of inquiry in order to consolidate, deepen and enhance the skills acquired at level 5.
The module emphasises the relationship between practical class work and the performance of repertoire (eg. canonical works and works from renown choreographers of the 20th and 21st century). The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of dance techniques and performance practice. Performing techniques 2 allows you to engage in the analysis and reflection of their own practice and consequently develop knowledge, understanding, and the technical and interpretive skills required to perform repertoire.
The students will draw on practical and performance theories through participating and engaging with:
The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.
UCAS tariff points: 112
Level 3 qualifications, including Dance/Performance Arts (A-levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc.).
Entry onto this course will require submission of a digital portfolio as part of the application process. Further details about the portfolio will also be sent via email after submission of application.
See portfolio guidance below for more information about how to prepare your portfolio.
All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.
Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.
Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.
Applicants from recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.
Please submit a portfolio including:
Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes technique classes, workshops, choreographic labs, lectures, small group tutorials, seminars, and group work.
When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for final assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.
Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.
22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.
Assessment typically comprises of practical assessments (eg technique classes, performances, choreography, post show talks and presentations) and coursework (eg essays or reports, career development plans, and portfolios of your development).
Assessment may vary depending on your modules.
We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.
Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 6pm. For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 40 to 45 students per year and lecture sizes are normally 20 to 25. However this can vary by module and academic year.
You will be taught by a team of leading industry professionals and academics who have trained at or been employed by some of the world's leading artists, companies and academic institutions including: New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Trinity Laban, Greenwich Dance, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Akademi and London Contemporary Dance School. You will also work with dance artist and companies through guest workshops and in-house residencies.
Dance is based in the university's flagship building, the Town House, designed by award-winning Grafton Architects. It features three large dance studios, each equipped to professional standards with fully-sprung floors, mirrors and barres, and studio theatre.
The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2021/22 the fees for this course are:
|Home (UK students)||£9,250*|
|International||Year 1 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 2 (2022/23): £15,400
Year 3 (2023/24): £15,800
For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.
* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.
Eligible UK students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.
The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:
|Home (UK and EU students)||£9,250*|
|International||Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450
For courses with a sandwich year, the fee for the placement year can be viewed on the undergraduate fees table. The placement fee published is for the relevant academic year stated in the table. This fee is subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body.
* For full time programmes of a duration of more than one academic year, the published fee is an annual fee, payable each year, for the duration of the programme. Your annual tuition fees cover your first attempt at all of the modules necessary to complete that academic year. A re-study of any modules will incur additional charges calculated by the number of credits. Home/EU tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Full time taught International fees are subject to an annual increase and are published in advance for the full duration of the programme.
Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.
Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.
There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.
Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.
In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.
Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.
However, over and above this you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for.
In order to help you budget, the information below indicates what activities and materials are not covered by your tuition fees
The costs vary every year and with every student, according to the intentions for the type of work they wish to make. Attainment at assessment is not dependent upon the costs of materials chosen.
The Government has recently announced that new students from the European Union and Swiss Nationals starting their course after August 2021 will no longer be eligible for a student loan in England for Undergraduate or Postgraduate studies for 2021/22 academic year. This decision only applies to new EU students starting in 2021/22. If you are an existing/continuing EU student, you will continue to be funded until you graduate or withdraw from your course.
Our undergraduate fees and funding section provides information and advice on money matters.
Career options include performance, choreography, directing, community dance, teaching or producing and managing dance. Outside the performing arts, graduates work in production, event management, fitness instruction, media and teaching.
When I attended my open day at Kingston University it was clear that this was the uni for me: it focuses on delivering a range of styles with a lot of technique thrown in. Having a tour of the campus really gave me a feel of how welcoming everyone is and I felt welcome straight away.
Kingston as a town is very appealing, not only the shopping and chilled-out vibe but also the convenience of central London being so close, making socialising very easy and also handy for taking extra classes to enhance my uni journey.
My favourite thing about this course is the diversity. We study so many different styles, from contemporary to Indian to African to salsa; they give us so many opportunities for when we go into the industry. Not only is what we study diverse but also the people we meet on the course – there are people from all over the world.
Kingston University's main strength is the help that you get from staff, not only the lecturers but all staff in student support and beyond. They are all ready to give you help so don't be afraid to ask!
This course will help with my career as I want to teach in the future. It's given me the physical and mental ability to do so, my knowledge of the body and how it works is so much better than it was when I first started!
Throughout my time at Kingston, I had many enjoyable opportunities that pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to develop as an artist and a critical thinker. The course allowed me to graduate as a more rounded dancer, with a broader vocabulary and knowledge of the possibility of dance.
Since graduating, I have had many wonderful opportunities. I dance with B-Hybrid Dance, a contemporary based company and have the role of Company Intern for House of Jazz Company. I teach in Primary Schools for the London Ballet Company School and work at the Royal Academy of Dance as a Class and Information Assistant.
I chose to study at Kingston for the diversity of the Dance BA (Hons) course. It offered unique styles of dance that I would not be able to find at other universities.
All the lecturers are friendly and so easy to talk to: they have made my time being a student totally stress-free, due to their kindness.
Kingston is a great location as it isn't too busy like in central London but you still get the 'city life' feeling. There are so many things to do and everything is accessible.
Outside studying, I take part in the KUDs dance society and am hoping to go to America to study in my third year, which is an amazing opportunity.
Kingston is a great university offering a lot of activities as well as support.
This course has enlightened me to all the possible careers I could have and has helped me decide what would be best for me.
When I walked into the main building I had a feeling and just knew this was the right place for me and that's no exaggeration. What struck me the most was how all of the lecturers were so friendly. They wanted to get to know me, but they also wanted me to get to know them as well.
The balance between contact time and independent study helped bring the most out of me. There was enough time spent with the lectures to really push me to learn and develop. Then enough independent time to develop my own artistic identity.
Since graduating, I have successfully gained representation and I'm working with my agent to break into the industry.
Starting BA Hons Dance at Kingston University was daunting at first but I was quickly put at ease when welcomed by such friendly teachers and existing students!
Everybody is so helpful and genuinely wants the best for you during your dance journey.
We do not anticipate making any changes to the composition of the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, as a result of the pandemic.
In order to safeguard our students' health and safety and to minimise the risk of disruption to their studies, the University has postponed all Study Abroad programmes for outgoing students in the first teaching block of 2020/21. The University will review this decision before the second teaching block and will take into account relevant government advice at that time.
Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
We do not anticipate making any changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules as a result of the pandemic.
Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.
In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed, e.g. re-sequencing those modules that can be delivered more effectively under the current restrictions with those which would be more difficult to deliver, such as practical modules and placements.
If the current pandemic situation continues into the next academic year and beyond, the University may be unable to offer suitable placements which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will provide students with appropriate alternative options and ensure that support will be available to them so that they are able to make informed choices.
We have not changed entry requirements as a result of the pandemic. However, the range of accepted alternatives have increased as has the way in which we select students, which now includes virtual interviews and online portfolios.
We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a result of the pandemic. However, in response to the pandemic, we now accept a much broader list of English language exams for entry to the course; the level of these exams remain the same.
Due to the current pandemic the course's teaching and learning activities will be delivered through both online and on-campus methods (blended learning) in 2020/21. In order to provide all students with a comparable on-campus experience, the University has committed to ensuring that all courses provide at least 30% of their teaching and learning activities on-campus.
While physical distancing measures remain in place, you will receive your learning and teaching via a blend of on-campus and on-line activities. Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you will still be able to engage with your course in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, support will be available to consider what options are open to you.
The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the current pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.
In the event that a further lockdown is enforced the University will aim to deliver the course fully online. This may require some additional changes being made to planned teaching and learning activities, including assessments. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised significantly, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered appropriately. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.
In the event that the current social distancing restrictions are fully lifted and the University is able to resume normal delivery of teaching and learning activities, courses will assess whether it is in the students' interest to resume normal delivery. In some cases it may be better to continue and complete modules under the planned blended delivery mode.
Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours will not be made as a result of the pandemic. However, it is possible that some adjustments might be made at module level, e.g. a few more scheduled activities, in order to help ensure student engagement with blended learning.
Any changes made to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
'Scheduled teaching' includes teaching that is online either live or recorded / on demand.
Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2020) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2021) will not be available until the autumn. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm. To accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing, we will need to maximise the time available for teaching. This means, we may have to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
On campus class sizes will be smaller in line with social distancing measures. Online (synchronous) activities will be delivered via video conferencing apps that will enable a full range of class sizes to be used as appropriate.
Changes can be made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area. Due to the current restrictions in place, i.e. social distancing, it is anticipated that many formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be replaced with alternative assessments which can be completed online. These changes will be considered and approved through the University's processes to ensure that student assessments will be able to demonstrate they have achieved the expected learning outcomes. The approval process will also assess whether the change impacts the status of any professional body accreditation the course benefits from.
Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
There will be some changes to methods of assessment in our modules. Some assessments will require students to focus on online material. Practical assessments, especially those that require group work are being reviewed to enable us to follow social distancing guidelines. Assessments for these modules will be smaller group collaborations or recorded individual performances, instead of larger group performances.
No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.
As a result of the social distancing restrictions in place, on-campus teaching activities may need to be split into smaller groups which may require the support of teaching assistants and student mentors, who will be managed by experienced staff.
There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2020/21.
As a result of the blended delivery of courses in 2020/21, where a significant proportion of the teaching will be done online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities will be restricted due to social distancing requirements.
The University is considering how best to provide support to students who do not have access to suitable hardware and software requirements and access to the internet. Identifying students who require this type of support is an important milestone for the University in our journey to ensure equity of access while we continue to deliver our blended approach. Information about the support that will be available will be provided to students during the induction period.
There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2020/21. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.
There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2020/21.
Placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead as planned. However, to ensure students are able to gain maximum value from these activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, or to a different year when current restrictions have been lifted. We acknowledge that this year it may be more difficult for students to secure appropriate placements. In those situations, students will be guided and supported through the various options that will be available to them, including switching courses or interrupting their studies until a time when they can complete their placement.
Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered. Students will be advised of any changes that may become necessary and appropriate support will be available to guide them through the various options that may be available to them.
In the interest of the health and wellbeing of our students, the University will ensure that appropriate risk assessments are made before students are sent on a placement.
Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.
Voluntary placements or field trips may be rescheduled, or, as a last resort, cancelled if it becomes difficult to deliver them and doing so is in the interest of the health and safety of our staff and students.
No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), as a result of the pandemic.
Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students during the induction period.
During the pandemic, the University has been working closely with all its associated professional bodies to establish where flexibility/changes can be applied without undermining their professional standards. This will ensure that any changes made to courses which have professional, statutory or regulatory body (PSRB) accreditation do not negatively impact the accreditation status.
In the very exceptional circumstance that professional bodies do not agree with changes proposed, it may be necessary to defer relevant modules until those modules can be delivered as required. Students will be informed of this during the induction period and appropriately supported so that they can consider all options available to them.
International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.
The University will ensure students who are unable to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities are able to effectively engage with their studies remotely. For certain courses, an inability to attend on-campus learning and teaching activities may not be in the students' best interests, as it may impede their chances of succeeding in the course or lead to them receiving a poor learning experience. In such cases, students will be advised and guided through the various options available to them, such as deferring their studies until they can engage fully with the course.
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