Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance

The LRAD provides students who hold, or are completing, a dance degree the opportunity to specialise in the work of the RAD.

You will complete six modules which increase in the level of demand from a basic knowledge and understanding of RAD syllabi and its use in teaching to a critical appreciation of current issues in ballet education and training. The programme involves intensive practical study supported by lectures, presentations, peer teaching and seminars, but does not include practical teaching placements. For this reason, you will need to have some previous ballet teaching experience.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold:

  • RAD Intermediate or equivalent in ballet, plus credits at the appropriate HE Level as outlined through a dance degree or equivalent.
    • LRAD 4 120 credits at Level 4 (or equivalent)
    • LRAD 5 LRAD 4 plus 240 credits (of which a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5 or above, or equivalent)
    • LRAD 6 LRAD 4 & LRAD 5 plus 360 credits (of which a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5 and 120 credits at Level 6)
    • Evidence of experience in ballet teaching.

Students who do not have English as a first language

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required must achieve one of the following qualifications:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in the listening, reading and speaking 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 to establish acceptability.

Further study and career development

Students enrolled on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education may apply for a place on the Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance programme.

Following successful completion of the BA (Hons) Ballet Education, graduates may wish to apply for the Certificate in Dance Teaching (Ballet) or those with teaching experience may also apply for the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).

Programme Content



Year 1

In the first year of study, you will gain basic knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to teaching ballet, focusing on the graded syllabi and young people in the initial stages of vocational training.


Year 2

In your second year of study, you are expected to increase your knowledge, understanding and skills by assessing the differing aims and requirements of the Graded and Vocational Graded syllabi and examinations.


Year 3

In the final year, you consolidate and develop your learning by analysing the needs of students in the final stages of vocational training and preparing for a professional career. You are also expected to engage in current debates within the UK vocational training sector on meeting the needs of an increasingly diverse dance profession.


Each module is assessed through practical examinations and presentations, which are designed to test your accuracy of demonstration, understanding of teaching and education theory, and the ability to debate selected issues.
Programme Specification


Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance and eligibility for registration as a dance teacher with the RAD. Students need to have been successful in the RAD Advanced 1 examination.