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Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies

Our CBTS programme provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required by ballet teachers at the start of their careers.

A part-time programme, enabling you to study alongside other commitments. It is delivered over two years, starting in January, and you should expect to study for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Though studied mainly by distance learning, you will be required to attend an Intensive Study Period in your first year, and you will need to be prepared to travel.

Run through a number of teaching centres throughout the world, it is sometimes possible for students to study at a centre in another country. However, in any year, the programme will only run in a specific country if there are sufficient numbers. Details of where the programme is delivered can be found in the Schedule for Delivery .

Year 1:

CBTS401 How We Learn: The Stages of Development (15 credits)

Delivery: January to March

This module explores how children interact differently as they progress through the development stages and in different environments. The study tasks and observations will allow you to consider the physiological and cognitive development of children and apply this to CBTS404: Practical Teaching in Year 2 of the programme. You will be required to reflect on your own experiences of using the RAD syllabi and observations to compile case studies of children across various developmental stages. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

CBTS402 Safe Practice and Professional Values (15 credits)

Delivery: April to June

This module covers knowledge and understanding of the requirements of teachers in terms of safe practice and professional responsibilities. Units of work focus on the posture, functional anatomy, supplementary conditioning and how to create safe dance environments. You will research government policies looking at issues such as child protection, equal opportunities and disability pertinent to the country in which you are studying. All students study the requirements of the Code of Professional Practice for Teachers Registered with the RAD. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

CBTS403 Ballet and Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding (30 credits)

Delivery: June to October

This module supports you in identifying of key features of the RAD syllabi, focusing on Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance, Grade 1-5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. The units cover fundamentals of ballet and Character Dance technique, demonstration as a teaching tool and music for dance teachers, in order to support you in devising progress charts which will help you to structure your teaching for CBTS404: Practical Teaching in Year 2 of the programme.

The module includes a single Intensive Study Period (10 consecutive days) where students are required to attend practical workshops and discussion groups with RAD Tutors. You will be expected to come to the Intensive Study Period with embodied working knowledge of the RAD syllabi.

ISP Delivery: Scheduled between August-September by the RAD.

Year 2:

CBTS404 Practical Teaching (45 credits)

Delivery: between January to October

The primary aim of the CBTS programme is to equip you to begin teaching and in this module, you will undertake practical teaching supported a Mentor in a dance school. The module begins with an observation of teaching, working as a teaching assistant and then teaching parts of a class until you are sufficiently prepared to teach a whole class. You are required to deliver a minimum of 45 classes over the timeframe of the module and are provided with additional tutoring and support from a Practical Teaching Supervisor.

CBTS405 Career Development and Management (15 credits)

Delivery: between August and October

In this module you will focus on future career paths and designing persuasive marketing tools for employment. You will be supported in identifying personal achievement, researching career opportunities and evaluating your position within the profession and will consider how continuing professional development may enhance your career. You will receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

Please see the CBTS Frequently Asked Questions  if you need any clarification.

Assessment is through written case studies, training plans with critical discussion, ballet demonstration and analysis discussions, practical teaching and portfolios.

Programme specification  

Applicants should hold a Level 3 Intermediate Ballet certificate (or above) from a recognised dance teaching society.

Applicants without formal qualifications may be considered on submission of video/DVD evidence. (Please refer to the How to Apply section for guidance on the content of the video ).

Additional Information
For prospective applicants who may be eligible to apply for either the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies or Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies programmes, please see the following comparison chart  which will provide you with information on the fundamental components of both programmes. Amongst other areas covered, this chart includes reference to: the length, aims and types of modules on both programmes of study.


The Certificate in Ballet Studies is delivered in eight languages and where possible in the first language of the teaching centre country, subject to there being viable numbers recruited to the programme in that country. If more than one language is spoken, the RAD retains the right to determine the language of delivery. Details of which language the programme is delivered can be found in the Schedule for 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 CBTS it is a good indicator of the standard of English required for the programme, students should achieve a score of 6.5  on the IELTS test.

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Following successful completion of the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies, students may wish to continue to the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies.

Students who are able to study in English may progress to the Diploma in Higher Education: Dance Education by undertaking an additional access module. See the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies and BA (Hons) Dance Education programme pages for further details.