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Foundation Degree

Study Dance at University Centre Leeds

On this dynamic course, you will be taught by industry professionals to develop your technique in hip-hop, contemporary and commercial dance styles. With a 70% practical and 30% academic course structure.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Venue: Quarry Hill and Prime Studios
  • Fee: £9,250 Full Time (per academic year for UK students)
  • UCAS Course Code(s): W500
  • UCAS Institution Code: L21
  • Study Mode: Full Time
  • Validated By: Luminate Education Group
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This vibrant course will train you in a diverse range of hip-hop, commercial and foundation dance styles. The course aims to develop dynamic dancers allowing them to apply a range of dance styles and different situations such as auditions, performance and film.  We aim to develop dancers to have strong techniques, be able to perform to a high level and work as professionals within a fast-paced industry.

Unique elements of the course are:

  • 100% focus on training to meet industry standards.
  • Our exciting Dance Foundation Degree prepares you for a dance career through an intensive training programme delivered over 20 hours per week.
  • Daily technique classes in commercial, hip-hop, voguing, house, grooves, litefeet, ballet and contemporary lyrical dance styles, enabling you to audition and perform to industry standards. 
  • Learn how to find work as a professional dancer and be ready to enter the industry.   
  • Learn new ways to create your own choreography.
  • Learn from tutors who are currently working within the industry. 
  • 70% practical and 30% academic course structure, with up to 20 hours practical delivery per week.
  • A strong focus on physical and mental wellbeing.



If you love hip-hop and commercial dance and are passionate about a career as a dancer, then this course is for you.

This course is subject to revalidation by Luminate Education Group

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How to Apply

If you would like to apply for to study full time, please do so via UCAS.

The institution code for University Centre Leeds is L21.

The application fee for applying through UCAS is £27.50.

Apply via UCAS

If you are a student currently studying at Leeds City College, Keighley College or Harrogate College and if all of the following applies:

  • you do not already have an application with UCAS
  • you only wish to study your full time undergraduate course with University Centre Leeds
  • should you be successful in your application and enrol onto this course, you agree to us submitting a record of prior acceptance (RPA) application to UCAS on your behalf 

Then you can make a direct application via the following link:

Internal Students - Direct Application Form

For further information in regards to this please email

Course Information

Modules may include:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Foundation Techniques (20 credits)

Technique is a core element of professional dancer training. This module will provide you with the essential foundational skills in dance techniques and performance through ballet, jazz lyrical and contemporary dance, allowing you to truly stand out.

Popular Movement Styles (20 credits)

This dynamic module focuses on developing  hip-hop, commercial and other supporting dance styles to a professional level. 

Dancer as Artist (20 credits)

This module guides you through the exciting process of choosing your career pathway as a professional dancer with a focus on hip-hop and commercial dance styles.

Music, Devising and Experimentation (20 credits)

This module explores how music and dance are linked. You will deconstruct music and apply dance devising skills, allowing you to experiment with music, dance, and choreography to create new and exciting work. 

Choreography in Dance Practice (20 credits)

This module builds on the skills learnt in the Music Devising and Experimentation module, enabling you to create your own dynamic choreography. You will investigate new approaches to choreography, allowing you to develop your skills to create dynamic work.

Dance Ethnography (20 credits)

This module looks at the history of hip-hop and commercial dance styles to give you an understanding of the cultural roots of these styles, how they have evolved, and how they will continue to develop into the future.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Synectic Dance Making (40 credits)

This module teaches you the skills to produce your own choreography for a range of disciplines such as dance for film and digital media.

ChiChi Circus (20 credits)

As circus and aerial become increasingly prevalent within commercial dance, this module gives you the gymnastic and aerial dance skills required to take your dance to the next level.

Contemporary Dance in Context (20 credits)

This module looks at the history of contemporary dance and the continuing influence it has had on the dance industry.

Somatic Practice (20 credits)

This practical module encourages you to experiment by combining elements of hip-hop, commercial and contemporary dance to create your own identity and style as a dance practitioner. This development is crucial in establishing yourself as a professional dance artist.

Create and Narrate (20 credits)

This vital module gives you the opportunity to use your creative identity and individual dance style to create a new piece of choreography to perform to a live audience. You will also have the opportunity to plan, create and deliver a mini workshop/lesson based on this performance.

This course will provide you with a range of skills and knowledge that will prepare you to work professionally on a range of platforms including stage and screen. This programme is fast-paced and vibrant and will equip you with the professional, enterprising and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a competitive industry.

By the end of the programme you will:

  • Develop a range of professional dance skills.
  • Develop fitness and dance skills through the programme of practical workshops.
  • Learn the networking, promotional and enterprising skills required to enter the industry.
  • Perform in public.
  • Explore dance in a variety of styles necessary for a career as a commercial dancer.
  • Have a balance between performance skills (expressive, creative and technical) and professional skills (communication, teamwork and project management). 
  • Have the skills and knowledge to sustain a professional career in the performing arts industry.
  • Develop the expertise in keeping a good state of physical and mental wellbeing.

You will be assessed in a variety of practical assessments and coursework such as performances, presentations, logbooks, video logs and interviews.


UCAS Tariff Points: 48 UCAS tariff points from two A-levels (or equivalent qualifications), one of which must be in a relevant subject

A Levels: 2xD grades one of which to be in a relevant subject

BTEC L3 Diploma or Extended Diploma: MP, MPP grade in relevant subjects

Access to HE Diploma: Overall pass with 60 credits, with 24 credits to be at a Merit grade in a relevant subject

T Levels: Acceptable in a relevant subject.

GCSE English: English Language grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

GCSE Maths: Maths grade 4 or above. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any component.

International qualifications: International qualifications will be assessed against these criteria.

Mature applicants:University Centre Leeds welcomes applications from mature* applicants who may not have met the academic criteria, but who can demonstrate a wealth of experience in their chosen field. Candidates in this category and otherwise are likely to be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course and may be asked to provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application.

*21 years and over at the start of the course

RPL claims: The course structure actively supports claims for Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) or Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Interviews / Audition: A successful audition is required.

Progression may include a top-up degree or relevant employment.

Job opportunities may include

  • Professional dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance facilitator
  • Community dance artist
  • Freelance artist

For the latest version of the programme specifications for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the course handbook for this course please click here.

For the latest version of the Leeds City College regulations please click here.

There are additional costs associated with certain elements of this programme, which may include: optional trips and visits, specialist equipment, and tickets. These costs will be led by the nature of the work that you produce, however you will be expected to meet the costs of production of your projects, which varies depending on the nature of the project.



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