Royal Academy of Dance

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Bath

Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with QTS (Taught)

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Course summary

If you want to teach dance in UK secondary education, then our full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching programme is for you. It provides the opportunity to acquire the expertise to become a dance specialist teacher for the 11-19 curriculum, and UK government recognition as a teacher. Since this programme was launched in 2003, we have had a 100% employment rate and some of our former trainees are now working in our partnership schools and colleges in London and the surrounding counties and have gone on to take our own MA in Education (Dance Teaching). The programme comprises of a minimum of 12 weeks on site at the RAD in London and 24 weeks in professional placements within schools or colleges. Modules located at RAD headquarters are delivered through taught sessions including practical sessions, lectures and seminars. Whilst on placement in schools and colleges our students work with School-based Tutors who are dance specialists able to provide support for planning, teaching and self-reflection. Before you apply we ask that you read our privacy notice in line with EU GDPR regulations:


There are three interrelated areas of study across the year: •Dance Studies •Professional Studies •School Experience and Teaching Dance Studies During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula. Professional Studies In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to education theories and pedagogies and study the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the UK state sector. In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of all the Standards legislated by the UK government. School Experience and Teaching The third strand of the programme takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges in the form of two different School Experience and Teaching placements. Three modules take place at RAD headquarters and focus on developing dance subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding. You will have the opportunity to work with the Faculty of Education’s highly-qualified teaching staff, study alongside other students and benefit from the RAD’s specialist dance facilities. The other module takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges as two different School Experience and Teaching placements. You will take on different roles and responsibilities, undertaking carefully supervised teaching and becoming integrated into the life of the department and the school or college.

Assessment method

You will be required to complete written assignments, give presentations and be assessed in teaching. Throughout the programme, you will be continually assessed against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status which must be met in order to qualify as a teacher.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Secondary

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold: • an undergraduate degree (with a minimum classification of 2.1) in dance or a related subject with a substantial dance component • a minimum grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics Students who do not have English as a first language If your first language is not English and you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve one of the following qualifications: • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. The IELTS test must have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued. • Some other school leaving or matriculation certificates contain a compulsory examination in English and these may be taken as equivalent. • If you have another recently achieved English language qualification, please check with our Registry department [email protected] to see if it is acceptable.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £7300* Year 1
Channel Islands £7300* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7300* Year 1
EU £7300* Year 1
England £7300* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7300* Year 1
Scotland £7300* Year 1
Wales £7300* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information
Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with QTS at Royal Academy of Dance - UCAS