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After you apply

The selection criteria for our programmes, types of interviews, offers, clearing, planning for your studies, registration and accommodation.

Selection Criteria

Once your initial application has been submitted it will be processed according to the following selection criteria:

For details of the selection criteria for all other programmes please contact the Registry at .

Auditions and Interviews

Some of our programmes require applicants to attend an interview and/or audition or take part in a telephone interview. These are as follows:

MA in Education (Dance Teaching)
Applicants for this programme will be invited to take part in a telephone interview.

PGCE: Dance Teaching (with QTS)
All successful applicants for this programme will be invited to attend an audition and interview in London, but there are several steps to go through.

The first one is to submit an application through UCAS Teacher Training ( Successful candidates will show in their application that they have a profile suitable to the PGCE:DT programme at the RAD. Entry for this programme is very competitive and we strongly recommend early application to improve your chances of an invitation to audition.

Dance video
Successful applicants will be invited to submit a dance video. The video should show you performing a solo dance of between 1–2 minutes that you have choreographed yourself accompanied by suitable music. Please inform the Admissions Officer on how it can be accessed as soon as you can.

The solo dance will allow you to demonstrate your choreographic ability, your use of any chosen accompaniment and your ability to project dance ideas. You should talk briefly about the content and structure of your solo.

We suggest that you start preparing the video when you submit your application. If you are invited to present a video, you will be given a week to submit it to the RAD for assessment.

Applicants with successful solos will then be invited to attend a practical audition day in London. Part of the audition day will be a practical class and a teaching extract as well as a group discussion. Further to this candidates may be invited to stay on for an interview. Candidates will normally be sent instructions two weeks before the audition day.

Please refer to the selection criteria for more details. 

BA (Hons) Ballet Education
All successful applicants for this programme will be invited to attend an audition and interview in London.

International Students applying for this programme who are unable to attend an audition in London may supply video and other evidence in place of an audition. Entry for this programme is very competitive and we strongly recommend early application to improve your chances of an invitation to audition. Please refer to the selection criteria for more details. 

Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Dance
Applicants who are not enrolled in the BA (Hons) Ballet Education may be required to undertake an audition and interview with a member of the programme staff.

Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma
Applicants for this programme will be required to submit a personal statement and reference, followed by a telephone interview and short teaching extract.

Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
Applicants for this programme will be required to submit a personal statement and reference, followed by a telephone interview. Applicants will also submit a short teaching extract and written task designed to assess their potential as a teacher.


If you wish to raise a Grievance or Complaint on any aspect of your application, you should do so by using the Student Grievance and Complaints Policy and Procedures.

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Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes
You can keep track of your application through the UCAS website. This includes invitations to interviews or audition and details of any conditional or unconditional offers we may make. You will need to respond via the UCAS website in accordance with the given deadlines.

PGCE: Dance Teaching (with QTS)
Candidates who have been successful in all steps of the Admissions Process will be made an offer of a place on the programme. The offer and its conditions will be processed through UCAS Teacher Training. Conditions will usually be, but not only, the achievement or verification of academic and other qualifications, the achievement of the Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests as well as a satisfactory police check. In order to ensure that students are able to teach, all successful candidates will also have to provide a satisfactory Occupational Health Screening as a condition of an offer. This will allow us to consider reasonable adjustments that will enable you to fulfil your obligations as a trainee teacher. Information on this screening will be provided with the offer information. For Health and Safety purposes, we would also ask successful candidates to have the Faculty of Education’s medical questionnaire completed. 

We recommend applicants click on the following link to find comprehensive information on a career in teaching.

Part-time and Distance Learning programmes
Offers will be made direct from our Registry.

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If we still have places available on our full-time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes after conditional and unconditional offers have been made these will be listed under clearing on the UCAS website. Clearing is available from July to September each year.

If you are interested in applying for one of our programmes through Clearing please contact Registry or UCAS clearing directly.

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Planning your studies

Once you have found a programme that interests you and read through the programme pages, please have a look at the other pages of the website and the sections below relevant to you. They should help you to make an informed decision but also give you an idea what to plan for once you’ve decided to study with us.

Under Fees and Funding, you will find information and guidance regarding tuition, audition, registration fees, re-sit fees and bursaries. Before the programme starts, however, there are other typical programme costs to consider, such as computer and dance equipment, accommodation, travel and practical teaching placements for instance.

In order to help you prepare for your studies, please read the following sections carefully. 

Studying onsite
Onsite elements of programmes usually involve practical work in the dance studio. You will need appropriate dance clothes, accessories and footwear throughout your studies. If the teaching of the RAD syllabus is part of the content of your programme, it may also be necessary for you to buy syllabus books/DVDs and/or props. 

The Induction and Intensive Study Period (ISP) for the Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate take place in the programme's location, depending on where you study the programme. Your planning should, therefore, include travel and accommodation for both onsite events.

The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) also requires students to attend a ten-day Intensive Study Period (ISP). The ISP is usually scheduled in July/August of the first year of study. The programme is offered in eight languages and in a number of countries across the world.  Students will be allocated to a Teaching Centre, which may consist of more than one country. The RAD’s National Office of the main country in each Teaching Centre arranges the ISP and determines the location of the dance studio where the ISP takes place. You will need to arrange travel and accommodation in relation to the ISP and be prepared to travel to another country in order to participate in the ISP.

Studying at RAD headquarters in London
The RAD is located in Battersea, South-West London. The closest train stations are Clapham Junction and Victoria. For guidance on getting here, see our Find Us page. The journey planner on the Transport for London website gives you options on how to reach us by public transport.

The RAD does not have any student accommodation. Depending on the programme of study, a short-term flat share, rather than renting a room in a student residence hall may be more appropriate. Some London universities make their student halls available to students of other institutions, particularly during the summer break.

If you are studying with us here at the RAD headquarters, as a student on the BA (Hons) Ballet Education perhaps, you may be able to manage your travel costs in London with a Student Oyster card. You will find information on the Transport for London website.

Studying at home via distance learning
The majority of our students are enrolled in distance learning programmes of study. If you would like to study from home, too, you may find the sections below on computer skills/equipment and on time management particularly useful.  You may also have to attend onsite elements of the programme, such as Inductions, Intensive Study Periods or practical teaching placements.  We hope the information we have for you under those headings is helpful for your planning.

Student Support
The RAD is committed to supporting students at all stages of the application process and whilst on a programme. In the document below we offer helpful advice for those who are looking for extra support whether for additional learning needs or pastoral assistance.

Practical Teaching Placements
Several of our programmes have one or more practical teaching placements.  For some programmes, we arrange the placement for you, and for others, you are asked to find a placement, usually with a mentor, in an appropriate dance school yourself.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE:DT with QTS) contains two different School Experience and Teaching placements. The placements take place at our Partnership Schools and Colleges in and around London and are arranged by the Faculty of Education in collaboration with our Partnership Schools and Colleges. The placements will primarily be set up to meet the UK government requirements for you to teach at different Key Stages and at different types of schools.

You will need to be prepared to move to or commute to where the placement school is. Ahead of the PGCE:DT with QTS programme start, we will ask you for information on any areas that are easily accessible to you, perhaps because you could live with family or friends for the duration of a placement or because you drive a car, which allows you to get to and from a placement school. We will take your information into consideration when we match trainee teacher to placement school but please be aware that the suitability of the school for your studies will always take priority over your preference for one or other location. You also need to be prepared that the placement school may change right up to the start of the placement. We do everything we can to plan well in advance, however, sometimes events at schools and colleges prevent them from taking on a trainee teacher despite an earlier agreement. 

The BA (Hons) Ballet Education (BABE) has several practical teaching modules at Level 5 and 6 where students travel to placement schools to teach under the supervision of a mentor. We arrange the placements on behalf of our students but will try to match your availability in the evening and weekends with the timetables of our placement schools. You will need to be prepared to travel to and from the school and are expected to make use of your student Oyster card for journeys within Zones 1 to 6 of London public transport. For travel outside Zone 6, the Faculty of Education has a small fund and you can apply to the fund for financial assistance with your placement travel cost. For further information, please contact Registry at .

The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies* (CBTS) has practical teaching placements where you suggest a suitable mentor and placement school to us. The mentor has to have a ballet teaching qualification. The school should give you access to the required number of teaching hours and offer ballet classes at different levels with at least four pupils in each class. If you are not already teaching or assisting in a dance school when you apply, you should have a potential placement school in place by the time the programme starts. Please ensure that you submit your mentor recommendation form to the Programme Officer on time. If you do not meet the deadline, you may not be able to undertake the placement and your studies may be put on hold.

Placements on the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies* (DDTS) can be undertaken at your own school.

*The placements for CBTS and DDTS should not be paid.  If you are already working for the school that you propose for your placement as a paid employee, you will need to ensure that the hours you teach for your placement module are not part of your employment contract and therefore are not paid.

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Registration occurs at the beginning of each of our programmes of study and is when you formally become a member of our student body.

On-Site Programmes
On the first day of study, you will need to attend a Registration session to complete the following:

  1. Confirmation of funding - you should bring the relevant letter issued by the Student Loans Company which confirms your Tuition Fee Loan or other evidence of payment. If for any reason there is a delay with your payment then do let us know so that we can help you.
  2. Completion of your registration form and other declarations - you will be given a Registration Form to fill out and ensure that all information is accurate.
  3. Collect a locker key - you will be issued with a locker key to enable you to store your clothes and other items when taking part in practical sessions.
  4. Library card – you will be issued with a Library card. Please send a suitable photograph to Registry in .jpg format before the programme start.

Distance Learning Programmes
Before the programme start, you will be sent by Registry a Registration Form to fill out and ensure that all information is accurate. Students commencing their studies at FHEQ Level 5 or 6 will be sent a Module Option Form by the Programme Officer to choose their module options.

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Accommodation for full-time students

We don't provide accommodation, however, we do give students a list of places to stay. For more information please contact the Admissions Officer on +44 (0)20 7326 8086 or e-mail  for more information.

Intensive Study Period (ISP) and Intensive Study Seminar (ISS) - places to stay
Some distance learning students may be required to attend a short period of intensive study at the RAD in London. The following list of local accommodation includes hotels, B&Bs and hostels which you may be helpful.


Each programme of study identifies learning outcomes, i.e. subject knowledge and understanding as well as cognitive, practical and key/transferable skills, which you will have gained by the time you complete the module or programme of study successfully. Over the course of your studies, all learning outcomes are assessed in the final, summative module assignments. Some modules have more than one assignment. For instance, a practical teaching module may require you to teach a lesson at your placement school as one assessment element and, as the second assessment element, to submit a portfolio consisting of teaching materials, resources and other documentation. Both assessment elements and their individual marks contribute to the final module mark that will show on your transcript. 

We set the assessment tasks for each year of study and provide you with an Assessment and Examinations Booklet for the relevant semester or year, which you can access through your student log-in to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The booklet gives you all the relevant information on the assignment(s) for each module, such as the type of assessment, the submission deadline and what assessment criteria or competencies you should show in the assignment. You will also find the names of the tutors who mark the assignment. If a module has more than one assessment element, we give you the percentage that the mark of each element contributes to the final module mark. We also tell you how you would submit the assignment to us and which specific learning outcomes are assessed by each of the assessment criteria. For programmes of study that have a pass or fail outcome to a module, rather than a numerical module mark, the Assessment and Examinations Booklet will list the competencies that you need to demonstrate. 

In addition to the information on assessment for each programme in the section Which programme?, you may want to have a look at the principles and processes that the Faculty of Education follows when marking student work. They can be found in the Code of Practice on the Assessment of Students’ Work within Taught Programmes under Regulations. 

Once you are enrolled on your programme of study, you can discuss and arrange reasonable adjustments to learning, teaching and assessment with the Student Support Officer and Programme Manager should you require adjustments due to a documented disability. 

Re-sitting assessments
If you are not successful in achieving a module at first attempt, you are given one further opportunity to pass the assessment element(s) that you have failed. You do not have to retake assessment elements that you passed at first attempt. Programme-specific re-sit arrangements are in the Programme Regulations, which you can access through your student login to the VLE. Most programmes limit the number of module credits that you can re-sit. 

The timing of the re-sit will depend on the programme of study you are registered for. For some programmes, the re-sit takes place in the Summer Re-assessment Period, i.e. usually during July and beginning of August. For other programmes, the re-sits are undertaken at the next time the module is delivered, usually the following year. If the re-sit takes place the next time the module is delivered, you do not repeat the assignment of your first attempt but submit the assignment that is in the Assessment and Examinations Booklet for that year of your re-sit. A number of programmes publish a specific re-sit Assessment and Examinations Booklet. 

The amount of tutoring for re-sitting a module will depend on the programme of study. The Attendance Policy specifies that re-assessments with attendance give you access to the same amount of tutoring hours as for the first attempt. Re-assessments without attendance give you access to one hour of tutoring. For most programmes, re-sits are without attendance and it will be one hour of re-sit tutoring per module to help you prepare your re-sit assignment(s). The re-sit tutor is normally the same tutor as for the module and the first assessment attempt. You can decide with your re-sit tutor how best to use the hour of tutoring. If a programme has re-sits with attendance, the Programme Regulations will specify relevant modules and you will be able to decide whether you would like to re-sit such modules with attendance or without attendance.

For re-sit without attendance, please refer to the Fees and Funding page for information on the current module re-sit fee. For re-sits with attendance, an appropriate proportion of the tuition fee will be charged.

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Eligibility for Registered Teacher Status

Some of our programmes of study, such as the BA Dance Education, do not grant automatic eligibility for RAD Registered Teacher Status (RTS). The Faculty of Education recognises that this is a very desirable status to obtain.

It is therefore now possible to apply to be considered for RTS following the guidelines set out below:

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