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Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status)

Course Description

Programme Description

This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. The programme includes two teaching placements in secondary schools or colleges, supported by regular periods of study at RAD headquarters in London.

You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for government-recognised Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and work to fulfil these standards through the duration of your studies. You will be supported by School-based Tutors and RAD tutors who will provide continuous feedback on your progress.

Your student experience

The programme comprises of 12 weeks full-time study onsite (in three blocks) at RAD, London and 24 weeks in two distinct professional placements within schools and colleges covering the 11-19 age range.

Modules are taught at the RAD and delivered through practical workshops, lectures, seminars and a series of teaching tasks. During your placements you will work alongside tutors who are dance specialists. You will develop your knowledge and skills through a combination of observation, teaching and discussion with your tutors who will provide support on planning, teaching and self-reflection.

Our Partnership schools and colleges

Our partnership schools and colleges are based in inner and outer London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Programme Breakdown

Dance studies
During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education including GCSE, A Level, BTEC and KS3 dance provision and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula.

Professional studies
In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to selected education theories and pedagogies, studying 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 Teachers’ 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.
In addition, an Individual Training Plan gives you the opportunity to enhance and enrich personal, practical and teaching skills throughout the programme using individually agreed goals.

Future study and career options

On successful completion of the PGCE:DT, you will have gained a postgraduate qualification with QTS and will be eligible to become a registered teacher with the RAD. Graduates from this programme, can also apply to study the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) with 60 credits exemption. http://www.rad.org.uk/mae

Employment Prospects

We have a very high employment rate and our graduates have gone on to secure jobs in secondary schools, academies, FE colleges and grammar schools nationwide. Many move on to become heads of department and many of our School-based Tutors in partnership schools and colleges are former RAD graduates.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status) page on the Royal Academy of Dance website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Melanie Thompson

What I love most about dance is its ability to evoke change. Dance is the perfect combination of athleticism and emotion that sets it apart from other modes of physical activity and art. As a little girl I was always in awe of the Royal Academy of Dance and its reputation after receiving grades in ballet, modern, jazz and tap. I first started teaching when I was 16 helping at a local ballet school. Teaching is a natural process of any dancer’s career, similar to choreography there is always a need to be creative and share your knowledge with others.

After completing a BA (Hons) in Dance Choreography at the University of Northumbria, I spent two years pursuing a career as a professional dancer, later running a Dance Theatre Company where I began sharing my practice with dedicated students wanting to become professional dancers. My highlight was writing their references for professional dance schools and seeing them receive acceptance into Urdang Academy, Bird College and The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. This was a defining moment for me and I knew I wanted to further my teaching career.

I wanted to enhance my professional practice both as a dancer and a teacher and was eager to find an establishment that would facilitate the best training. The RAD offers a unique experience to train in a vibrant dance environment with the guidance from outstanding professionals. This has enabled me to feel confident that I am offering quality teaching to students.

I am now studying on the PGCE:DT which will allow me to teach across a range of ages from 11-19 years; providing me with more opportunities for the future.

The programme is extremely challenging but every milestone reached only makes it more rewarding. My biggest challenge has been teaching students who don’t love dance initially, I have enjoyed changing their perceptions and helping them understand that dance is unique to the individual and is inclusive to all. I look forward to gaining more experience in dance education, working towards becoming Head of Dance and ultimately, continuing to complete a Masters and becoming a Dance Lecturer in the future.


Entry Requirements

Undergraduate degree (with a minimum classification of 2:1) in dance or a related subject with a substantial dance component. Minimum grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Candidates need to have passed their QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy prior to acceptance on the programme. At the time of audition, if an applicant is in the process of undertaking these skills tests, they will be given a deadline to pass the tests if selected in the audition.

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