RAD Access Route


Currently delivered with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (The Conservatory), USA, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), the Access Route to RAD Teacher Registration gives you the knowledge, understanding, and skills required by ballet teachers at the start of their careers. With a focus on the RAD’s ballet syllabi, you will explore the development and progression of ballet technique which will complement the teaching skills acquired in your programme of study with an approved RAD partnership institution.

We also deliver the Access Route in the UK with Preston’s College.


Students enrolled on the Access Route will hold student membership of the RAD at no additional cost where you can gain access to a global network of teachers, mentors and tutors. Membership means immediate access to a range of benefits to support you, whatever stage you are at on your career journey.  To find out a full list of membership benefits visit.

The Access Route is scheduled so that it fits in with your institution’s timetable, enabling you to study alongside your personal and professional commitments. It is delivered over two intensive study periods where you will be working in a studio and one distance-learning module.

Language of Delivery

The Access Route will be delivered in the first language of the RAD partnership institution country, subject to there being viable numbers recruited to the Access Route in that institution. If more than one language is spoken, the RAD retains the right to determine the language of delivery.

Please note that if the language of delivery is not your first language; it is your responsibility to ensure that you are able to read, write and speak proficiently in that language. If you are considering studying in English, and this is not your first language, please visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) website. Although the test is not required for the Access Route it is a good indicator of the standard of English required for the programme, students should achieve an overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.

Entry Requirements

Registration on, or recent graduation from, a dance/dance teaching programme with an approved RAD partnership institution.*

*Students can begin the Access Route in Year 1 or Year 2 of their degree programme. Year 3 and Year 4 students or recent graduates may commence the programme before completion of their programme or within one year after graduation.

Students who have not completed designated practical teaching modules from their programmes of study will be required to submit a teaching portfolio for assessment, within one year of completion of their degree programme, for an additional fee.

Further study and career development

Following successful completion of the RAD Access Route, students may be eligible to continue to the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).

How to apply

Application deadlines:

  • The Conservatory at Berklee – 28 January 2022
  • Queensland University of Technology – 11March 2022
  • Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts -1 March 2022
  • Preston’s College – 1 March 2022

Programme Content

Year 1


RAD Access Route Intensive Study Period

  • The Conservatory of Berklee -May
  • QUT – June
  • HKAPA – June
  • Preston’s College – June

In Year 1, students will attend the first of two Intensive Study Periods (ISP), delivered over ten days. The focus of this ISP lies on learning RAD syllabi and the progressions within and between syllabi. The syllabi covered are Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance, Grade 1-5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate.

Year 2

Feb-Jul (QUT & HKAPA & Preston's College), Jan-Jun (The Conservatory), Jan-July (Ballet West)

Ballet and Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding

Knowledge and understanding of the RAD syllabus and examinations framework are essential for all RAD ballet teachers. In this 30-credit module, you will examine key features of RAD syllabi, including distinctions between Graded and Vocational Graded work, and develop knowledge and understanding of the progressions or ‘building blocks’ which are essential for the effective learning and teaching of ballet.

This module combines distance learning (200 study hours) and attendance at an ISP. For the distance-learning element, students will have access to an online Module Study Guide as well as additional study materials and will be supported by a designated tutor who will provide feedback and guidance on selected Study Tasks. The second ISP is delivered over ten days where more in-depth consideration is given to Pre-Primary to Intermediate.

There will be a practical and written summative assessment for this element of the Access Route.

May and June


  • The Conservatory – end of May
  • QUT – June
  • HKAPA – June
  • Preston’s College – June


Year 1: There is no summative assessment for this element of the Access Route. However, attendance and participation in all timetabled sessions is compulsory, and a certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion. Year 2: A written assignment, practical assessment and a viva voce.


Successful completion of the RAD Access Route and your undergraduate degree leads to eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.