Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education


Each level of the programme can be studied full-time (one year) or part-time (two years). The programme is modular and is delivered across two semesters each year. You will study via distance learning and all modules are supported by Module Study Guides which are accessed online and contain key source materials, study tasks and suggestions for further study. Students are allocated a tutor for each module, with whom they will have regular contact by telephone, email or fax.


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Programme Content


Two years full-time or four years part-time

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education

Compulsory Modules:

  • Dance Analysis
  • Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
  • Enhancing Performance
  • Plus one module option in each Semester

Module Options:

  • Practical Teaching Placement
  • Perspectives on Music and Dance
  • Dance Education and Training in Context
  • Dance as a Community Practice

At Level 5, you will be able to extend your knowledge of philosophical, pedagogical and professional issues in dance teaching, as well as developing your research skills. You will be able to choose from a range of module options, which are studied alongside four compulsory modules.

You will have the opportunity to take a more philosophical approach to considering the nature of dance by critically exploring what is meant by the term ‘dance’ and challenging assumptions and pre-conceptions about dance and dance education. Alongside this, you will develop a practical understanding of the core principles of learning and teaching styles and how these can be applied in dance education contexts. Key educational theories, including motivation, differentiation and progression are all explored. You will engage with analytical tools required to critically analyse dance as well as undertake an exploration of the relationship between the physical and psychological dimensions of dance performance and teaching.


All modules are assessed through a written assignment which is tutored by telephone and e-mail. Written assignments include essays, case studies and portfolios.
Programme Specification


Successful completion of Level 5 leads to the award of Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education.