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PGCE: Dance Teaching

If you want to teach dance in UK secondary education, then our full-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching programme is for you. It provides the opportunity to acquire the expertise to become a dance specialist teacher for the 11-19 curriculum, and UK government recognition as a teacher.

Since this programme was launched in 2003, we have had a 100% employment rate and some of our former trainees are now working in our partnership schools and colleges in London and the surrounding counties and have gone on to take our own MA in Education (Dance Teaching).

The programme comprises of a minimum of 12 weeks on site at the RAD in London and 24 weeks in professional placements within schools or colleges.

Modules located at RAD headquarters are delivered through taught sessions including practical sessions, lectures and seminars. Whilst on placement in schools and colleges our students work with School-based Tutors who are dance specialists able to provide support for planning, teaching and self-reflection.

There are three interrelated areas of study across the year:

  • Dance Studies
  • Professional Studies
  • School Experience and Teaching

Dance Studies
During the programme you will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education and study a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula.

Professional Studies
In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to education theories and pedagogies and study the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the UK state sector. In order to gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate achievement of all the Standards legislated by the UK government.

School Experience and Teaching
The third strand of the programme takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges in the form of two different School Experience and Teaching placements.

Three modules take place at RAD headquarters and focus on developing dance subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding. You will have the opportunity to work with the Faculty of Education’s highly-qualified teaching staff, study alongside other students and benefit from the RAD’s specialist dance facilities.

The other module takes place in our Partnership Schools and Colleges as two different School Experience and Teaching placements. You will take on different roles and responsibilities, undertaking carefully supervised teaching and becoming integrated into the life of the department and the school or college.

You will be required to complete written assignments, give presentations and be assessed in teaching. Throughout the programme, you will be continually assessed against the Standards for Qualified Teacher Status which must be met in order to qualify as a teacher.

Our Partnership Schools and Colleges are based in London and the home counties. These provide diverse cultural environments for school experience and teaching placements. The status of many Partnership Schools and Colleges is recognised through Arts Mark, Beacon Status, Specialist Status and Performing Arts Mark.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (at the time the Training and Development Agency for Schools) provide guidance on what is expected of teachers, especially in relation to candidates with disabilities. We have the permission of the National College for Teaching and Leadership to give access to the 'Able to Teach' document to applicants and students (December 2012).

Applicants must hold:  

  • an undergraduate degree (with a minimum classification of 2.1) in dance or a related subject with a substantial dance component.
  • a minimum grade C/level 4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

You will be required to have passed your QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy to be accepted on the programme. At the time of the audition, if you are in the process of undertaking these skills tests, you will be given a deadline to pass the tests if selected in the audition.

Are you thinking about kick-starting an exciting new career in teaching? 
If so, the Department for Education are running application workshops from April to June 2019. These events are tailored towards helping candidates create the best possible teacher training application.  You will be able to attend a presentation on the application process, which includes tips on using UCAS, personal statements and interviews. You will also be able to have a 1-1 conversation with a Teacher Training Adviser, who can review your draft personal statement and advise you on how to create the best application that you can. For more information or to register follow this link

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 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 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.

The programme leads to two awards: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (PGCE: DT). Graduates from this programme may be eligible for registration as a dance teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.

Gaining the PGCE: DT with QTS will allow you to continue your studies at Masters level or pursue a number of opportunities for continuing professional development in a variety of dance and education contexts.

Graduates have continued their postgraduate studies with the RAD qualification MA in Education: Dance Teaching.

School Direct Programme
We welcome expressions of interest from those schools wishing to offer School Direct places to dance graduates. Please contact the Postgraduate Programme Officer, Shanice Birchall, on +44 (0)20 7326 8095 or email