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Dance Teaching in the Private Sector

Chichester College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Chichester, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Course summary

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This new and innovative two-year Foundation Degree programme is offered in partnership with the University of Chichester. It is built on Chichester College’s reputation for delivering high quality ISTD dance teacher training and the dance department at the University of Chichester’s long-standing reputation for its breadth of study. It is designed to prepare students for employment as a dancer, choreographer or community dance practitioner and/or a dance teacher within the independent sector. Drawing on the expertise of a highly qualified teaching team, students will have the opportunity to broaden their dance knowledge, develop their practical skills in technique, performance and choreography and be awarded the newly designed ISTD Diploma in Dance Education. Delivery will take place at both the Chichester College campus and the University of Chichester’s Bishop Otter campus, where students will work alongside the BA (Hons) Dance, Dance Performance and Dance Science students. The programme is divided into strands of study that include; Dance Technique, Dance Practice and Production, Dance Contexts and Research, ISTD Genre Specific Dance Practice and Teaching Practice. Successful completion of this course will enable students to apply for full membership of the ISTD and embark on a career as a fully qualified dance teacher in the independent sector. Alternatively, students may choose to continue their higher education studies by progressing onto the 3rd year BA (Hons) Dance Studies degree at the University of Chichester or the ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy. Key features of this course include:

  • technique classes across a range of genres (contemporary dance, ballet, dance fitness and somatic techniques, ISTD Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap);
  • teacher training including teaching practice;
  • all student choreography taken to production with public performances every semester;
  • options to select areas of study that relate directly to your career aspirations
  • regular performances from visiting dance and theatre companies in the University’s Showroom.
Learners will develop the following skills during their programme of study:
  • knowledge and skills relating to the performing arts
  • application of complex theories to practical realistic work situations in the performing arts
  • independence of approach to study
  • the ability to engage with complex and/or unpredictable situations in performing arts contexts
  • the ability to take responsibility to manage and direct their own and others activities, insight and judgement in relation to the margins and consequences of error
  • research and investigative skills
  • being responsive to change and the ability to multi-task
  • ability to innovate and work in a creative way
  • flexibility, knowledge and motivation in performing and teaching in the dance sector.
Professional company links include: Lîla Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, Ceyda Tanc Dance Company, Tribe Company, AKA Dance Theatre Company and Mapdance. Professional Associations and Organisations include: GradLab, and The Point.

Course details


Examples of modules include: Year 1 - Dance Techniques 1, Choreography & Devising, Choreography & Performance, Preparing for Safe Teaching Practice, Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development, Muscles and Movement in Dance or Applications of Psychology in Dance, ISTD Genre Specific Dance Practice 1 Year 2 – Dance Techniques 2, Dance Practice and Production or Research Methodology, Somatic Practices or Physiological Limitations to Performance, ISTD Genre Specific Dance Practice 2, Assisting, Observing and Teaching

Assessment method

All students will be internally assessed through a combination of course work and practical work. ISTD Dance Practice and Teaching Practice are assessed by ISTD examiners/moderators.

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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code009W
Institution code C57
Campus nameChichester Campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM A typical student would have an offer after completing a Performing Arts Diploma in either Musical Theatre or Dance.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE at grades C/4 or above are required in English Language and Mathematics.

ISTD Intermediate in the relevant genre (or recognised equivalency including professional practice). All students take part in a workshop and audition in order to assess suitability for the course. Applications from mature students with experience and relevant dance qualifications are encouraged to apply and will be assessed by an audition.

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6No factor below 5.5. For those resident in the UK who have suitable work experience, a college English test is available to show competency in English.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

This fee is for the Foundation Degree Course in Dance with the University of Chichester.
Dance Teaching in the Private Sector at Chichester College - UCAS