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BA (Hons) Dance Education

This exciting distance learning programme has something for everyone. You can choose to study the Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education, Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education, or Degree level and each can be studied full-time or part-time. Whether you want to teach in schools, open your own dance studio or work in the community, or further your professional development, the BA (Hons) Dance Education programme is designed with you in mind.




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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. Whilst most of the study is via distance learning, you will be required to attend an Intensive Study Seminar at RAD, London, in the first semester of the first year.

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

Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education (FHEQ Level 4)
(One year full-time or two years part-time)

Compulsory Modules

  • Frameworks and Perspectives
  • The Healthy Dancer
  • Dance Education: Concepts and Contexts
  • Music in Dance and Dance Education
  • Dance Syllabi and Examinations

At Level 4, you will gain a broad perspective on dance education across private and public sectors, including the work of dance teaching societies and dance in school curricula. You will also be introduced to educational concepts which are fundamental throughout your studies, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of health, fitness and safety in relation to dance teaching. 

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education (FHEQ Level 5)
(Two years full-time or four years part-time)

Compulsory Modules

  • The Nature of Dance
  • Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
  • Safe Practice and Enhancing Performance

Module Options

  • Dance in the Community
  • Dance Analysis
  • Dance Teaching Societies and Awarding Organisations
  • Perspectives on Music and Dance
  • Managing Yourself in Dance

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. At this level, you will be able to choose from a range of module options which are studied alongside four compulsory modules.

BA (Hons) Dance Education (FHEQ Level 6)
(Three years full-time or six years part-time)

Compulsory Modules

  • Dance, Art and Education
  • Dissertation

Module Options

  • Dance and Older Learners
  • Ballet: Its Diversity and Influence
  • Classicism, Classical and Classics
  • Dance in Higher Education
  • Designing Dance Curricula
  • Managing Others in Dance
  • Vocational Dance Training: Issues and Debates
  • Optimising Performance 

At Level 6, you are required to complete two compulsory modules and choose from a range of module options which cover a breadth of interests from dance analysis to assessment issues in dance, optimising dance performance and dance management.

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

Entry requirements

All three of these requirements must be met:

  • Three GCE A Level passes (Grades B, B, C) or equivalent.
  • RAD Intermediate or equivalent standard in dance.
  • English Language Proficiency test required for applicants whose first language is not English.

The Faculty of Education will consider UK and international equivalents to the listed entry requirements, such as examinations of other recognised dance societies or the International Baccalaureate and BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma. A number of our non-UK undergraduate students have met the academic entry requirements with qualifications such as the German Abitur, the Irish Leaving Certificate, or the Apolytirion from Cyprus or Greece.

However, if you are from a country whose university entry qualification does not meet UK standards, you may undertake a Foundation Module in order to fulfil the academic entry requirement of your chosen programme of study. We are keen to recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds. If you do not hold traditional academic or dance qualifications, you may be eligible for concessionary entry. You can also email  for guidance.

Please note:

  1. Not all Universities subscribe to the UCAS points tariff system as it is discretionary.
  2. The University of Bath does not subscribe to the UCAS points tariff system. As they validate the BABE and BADE programmes, RAD Level 3 exams cannot be used as a substitute for the three A-Level passes (or equivalent).

Students who do not have English as a first language
If your first language is not English and you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve one of the following qualifications:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the 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 see if it is acceptable.

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Awards are as follows:

  • Successful completion of Level 4 leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education. 
  • Successful completion of Level 5 leads to the award of Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education. 
  • Successful completion of Level 6 leads to the award of BA (Hons) Dance Education.

Please note that students may hold only one of the above awards.

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Eligibility for RTS

The BA (Hons) Dance Education, Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education and Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education programmes 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 here.

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Further study & career development

As the BA (Hons) Dance Education, including the Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education and the Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education, is delivered by distance learning, students do not need to relocate for their studies.  Most students already work as dance teachers while they are enrolled on the programme and continue as self-employed or employed dance teachers after graduation.  Graduates who do not work as dance teachers while they are studying usually work as freelance dance teachers once they have achieved the qualification, delivering classes for established schools or setting up their own dance school.

Students who gain a minimum of 120 credits at Level 4 can apply to have their teaching assessed in order to be eligible for RAD Registered Teacher Status. Applicants are required to demonstrate their teaching skills through submission of a Practical Teaching Portfolio and a recording of a practical dance teaching episode. 

Application is made through Registry and students enrolled on the programme can request further information from Registry directly.

Past graduates have gone on to postgraduate study at the University of Durham, the University of Kent and the University of Surrey. Graduates have also pursued other RAD qualifications at postgraduate level, including the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching and the MA in Education (Dance Teaching).

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