Access Routes to Registered Teacher Status (RTS)

Having successfully delivered the Access Route to Registered Teacher Status (RTS) since 2017, the Faculty of Education is delighted to announce it will be expanding its Access Route offering in 2024 and 2025.

By completing one of our Access Routes you will become eligible to apply for RAD Registered Teacher Status. This will enable you to enter students for RAD exams and be included on the RAD Register of Teachers. You will join our membership network of over 8,000 teachers worldwide and enjoy professional membership benefits and CPD activities. As a membership category, RAD Registered Teacher is a mark of excellence which provides the dancing public confidence that your students are receiving safe and informed teaching, and that your practices as a dance teacher adhere to the RAD’s Code of Professional Practice.

Which Route is best for me?

Our two Access Routes leading to eligibility for RAD Registered Teacher status have been devised for dance students and recent graduates (within two years of qualification) who are either studying on an Honours dance degree or at an accredited vocational dance provider (studying commencing from 16 years). You need to be 18 years of age to study either Access Route.

The number of modules you will study depend on which track you follow.  The focus of both the Degree Track and the Vocational Track requires you demonstrating knowledge, understanding and teaching of RAD ballet syllabi, with an emphasis on effective planning, principles of progression and demonstration of ballet teaching skills through an assessed ballet class. If you are looking to gain a dance teaching qualification as well as eligibility to RAD Registered Teacher status, take a look at our prospectus where you will find programmes which provides both a teaching qualification and professional membership eligibility.

Access Route (Degree Track)

The Access Route (Degree Track) is delivered over two years, requiring 450 study hours. You will study three compulsory distance-learning modules:

  • Ballet Vocabulary: Foundations and Progressions (April-July 2024)
  • Ballet Technique: Movement Analysis for Performance and Teaching (August–November 2024)
  • Ballet Pedagogy: Theory to Practice (February–May 2025)

Each module is supported by comprehensive online study materials and group discussions via a student forum. You will receive three hours tutoring time per module from your designated RAD module tutor.

Formative feedback and summative assessment

Each module has learning outcomes which you will need to evidence in order to pass the module.  You will receive formative feedback on your progress throughout each module by completion of study tasks, group discussion via the student forum and direct tutor feedback. Final assessment across the three modules consists of practical as well as written work such as (but not limited to) a presentation based on your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of ballet technique, submission of a 6-week unit of work for a chosen syllabus including a detailed lesson plan, a 45-60 minute practical lesson of selected RAD Graded, vocational Graded Syllabi or free class settings accompanied by a written critical self-evaluation of the class. All assessments are Pass/Fail with one opportunity to re-sit. To become eligible for RAD Registered Teacher status, you will need to have successfully completed your degree studies as well as the Access Route (Degree Track).

Entry Requirements

In addition to submission of an application form, you will need to provide evidence (e.g. a Programme Specification or module outlines) that you have studied and been assessed in Dance Pedagogy and Ballet Technique modules as part of your degree studies.

Applying via an Approved Partner

If you are applying via one of our approved providers (Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts HKAPA, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, USA, Preston College, UK) you will still need to submit an application form. Applications received from students and recent graduates (within the last 2 years of graduation) from approved providers are automatically accepted onto programme.

Becoming an Approved Provider

If you are a dance degree provider, and would like to find out more about how your programme/s could become approved for the Access Route (Degree Track), take a look through our frequently asked questions. For further information please email Paul Doyle, Faculty of Education RAD Studies Manager

Language of Delivery

The language of delivery is English. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) website to assess your level of English language competency. Although an English language test is not a condition of entry, it is a good indicator of the standard of English you will need for you to be able to successfully complete your studies. You should be looking to be able to meet the requirements for a score of 6 overall.

Additional Study Materials

In addition to the course materials provided through the Faculty of Education Virtual Learning Environment, you will need to purchase or have access to selected RAD syllabus resources (books, DVDs, CDs) and education texts. Full details of the additional study resources will be provided once you have been offered a place.

Application dates

Apply by 29 February 2024        Start 8 April 2024

Degree Track Fees


Coming in 2025: Access Route (Vocational Track)

The Access Route (Vocational Track) is for vocational dance students who are training at (or have recently graduated from) an accredited vocational dance training provider. It can be studied alongside your vocational training, so that once you have successfully completed your vocational training course and Access Route (Vocational Track) you will be eligible to apply for RAD RTS. More information about the Access Route (Vocational Track) will be announced later in 2024.  If you are an accredited vocational dance provider or a student at an accredited vocational dance provider, you can submit an Expression of Interest by emailing

How to apply

All applications should be submitted directly to the Faculty of Education, London.

The links below will take you to the application form and additional information, all of which you should read carefully.

You need to submit your application form, any supplementary documents and the Equal Opportunities Form to by the closing date 29 February 2024. Late applications may not be assessed.

For further information about the application process or if you have questions about your application submission, please email  typing Access Route (Degree Track) in the email subject line.


Take a look at our frequently asked questions for applicants.