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Our higher education programmes are regulated and a recent Ofsted inspection found the RAD to be an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education. The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points.
There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time dance teacher training programmes and each year the RAD’s renowned classical ballet examination syllabus is taught to thousands of young people worldwide, with around a quarter of a million pupils per year going on to take our exams.
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Qualification Level: BA (Hons) Degree
The BA (Hons) Ballet Education is a modular programme providing an opportunity for you to gain a degree and prepare for a career in dance teaching.
This three year full-time programme is delivered across two semesters each year, and has a unique focus on both ballet and education, making it one of the only programmes of its kind within the UK which combines dance training with preparation for the professional world of teaching.
Whilst ballet remains a focus, the programme is designed to locate ballet within a broader concept of dance, providing a wider platform for a career in teaching. You will study five subject strands; ballet and contemporary technique and performance, dance histories and analysis, dance science, choreography and education studies.
At Level 4 you will spend most of your time in classes, repertoire and choreographic workshops, lectures, seminars and field trips. At Level 5 and 6 the amount of independent study increases, as does the number of hours spent on teaching placements.
All three of these requirements must be met:
• Three GCE A Level passes (Grades B, B, C) or equivalent.
• RAD Intermediate or equivalent standard in ballet.
• English Language Proficiency test required for applicants whose first language is not English.
Course Duration: 3 years full-time
Course Fee: £ 6945.00 For Year
Qualification Level: PGCE in Dance
The programme leads to two awards: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) awarded by the RAD as an Initial Teacher Training Accredited Provider and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching, validated by the University of Bath.
Since this programme was launched in 2003, we have had consistently high employment rates 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 as well as group and individual tutorials. 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.
There are three interrelated areas of study across the year:
• Dance Studies
• Professional Studies
• School Experience and Teaching
Our Partnership Schools and Colleges are based in London and the home counties. These provide diverse cultural environments for school experience and teaching placements. The status of many Partnership Schools and Colleges is recognised through Arts Mark, Beacon Status, Specialist Status and Performing Arts Mark.
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 standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics
You will be required to have passed your professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy to be accepted on the programme. At the time of the audition, if you are in the process of undertaking these skills tests, you will be given a deadline to pass the tests if selected in the audition.
Course Duration: One year
Course Fee: £ 6945.00 For Year
Qualification Level: Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma (PDTD)
The Professional Dancers’ Teaching Diploma (PDTD) is a modular programme delivered at RAD headquarters in London or in China.
You will study full-time for three consecutive months and complete two compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits, one of which will be studied by distance learning. The programme is designed to build on your significant experience as a professional dancer. Through a range of practical and theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops, you will be introduced to current learning and teaching theories and strategies as applied to different dance teaching contexts.
You will study full-time for three consecutive months and complete three compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme is designed to build on your significant experience as a professional dancer. Through a range of practical and theoretical lectures, seminars and workshops, you will be introduced to current learning and teaching theories and strategies as applied to different dance teaching contexts.
PDTD London & PDTD China applicants must have the following:
• Experience in professional dance companies
• Sound Classical Ballet training
• English Language Proficiency test required for applicants whose first language is not English
PDTD China will be delivered in English with Mandarin translators.
Course Duration: 1 year (Full-time)
Course Fee: £ 6900.00 For Year