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PGCE: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

PGCE: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Subject areas

Dance Teaching / Training Teaching (General) Teaching / Training In Post-Compulsory Education Dance

Course type


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.


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.

Programme content

There are three interrelated areas of study across the year:

  • Dance Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • School Experience and Teaching


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.


The programme leads to two awards: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (PGCE: DT). Graduates from this programme may be eligible for registration as a dance teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.


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.

Tuition fees

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International fees
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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 standard equivalent to a grade 4 in the GCSE examinations in English and Mathematics; obtain satisfactory enhanced DBS, post application.