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RAD Access Route

Currently delivered with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia, The Boston Conservatory at Berklee (The Conservatory), USA, and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), the Access Route to RAD Teacher Registration gives you the knowledge, understanding, and skills required by ballet teachers at the start of their careers. With a focus on the RAD’s ballet syllabi, you will explore the development and progression of ballet technique which will complement the teaching skills acquired in your programme of study with an approved RAD partnership institution.

Students enrolled on the Access Route will hold student membership of the RAD at no additional cost.

The Access Route is scheduled so that it fits in with your institution’s timetable, enabling you to study alongside your personal and professional commitments. It is delivered over two intensive study periods where you will be working in a studio and one distance-learning module.

Year 1:

RAD Access Route Intensive Study Period (ISP) 1
The Conservatory - end of May ISP 1 Part A, beginning of September ISP 1 Part B.
QUT - June
HKAPA - June

In Year 1, students will attend the first of two Intensive Study Periods (ISP), delivered over ten days. The focus of this ISP lies on learning RAD syllabi and the progressions within and between syllabi. The syllabi covered are Pre-Primary and Primary in Dance, Grade 1-5, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate.

Year 2:
RADAR403: Ballet and Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding (30 credits)
Delivery: February to July (QUT & HKAPA), January to June (The Conservatory)

Knowledge and understanding of the RAD syllabus and examinations framework are essential for all RAD ballet teachers. In this 30-credit module, you will examine key features of RAD syllabi, including distinctions between Graded and Vocational Graded work, and develop knowledge and understanding of the progressions or ‘building blocks’ which are essential for the effective learning and teaching of ballet.

This module combines distance learning (200 study hours) and attendance at an ISP. For the distance-learning element, students will have access to an online Module Study Guide as well as additional study materials and will be supported by a designated tutor who will provide feedback and guidance on selected Study Tasks. The second ISP is delivered over ten days where more in-depth consideration is given to Pre-Primary to Intermediate.

There will be a practical and written summative assessment for this element of the Access Route.

ISP 2 Delivery:
The Conservatory - end of May
QUT - June
HKAPA – June

Year 1: There is no summative assessment for this element of the Access Route.  However, attendance and participation in all timetabled sessions is compulsory, and a certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion.

Year 2: A written assignment, practical assessment and a viva voce.

  • Registration on, or recent graduation from, a dance/dance teaching programme with an approved RAD partnership institution*

*Students can commence the Access Route in Year 1 or Year 2 of their degree programme. Year 3 and Year 4 students or recent graduates may commence the programme before completion of their programme or within one year after graduation.

Students who have not completed designated practical teaching modules from their programmes of study will be required to submit a teaching portfolio for assessment, within one year of completion of their degree programme, for an additional fee.

The Access Route will be delivered in the first language of the RAD partnership institution country, subject to there being viable numbers recruited to the Access Route in that institution. If more than one language is spoken, the RAD retains the right to determine the language of 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 the Access Route it is a good indicator of the standard of English required for the programme, students should achieve an overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.

Successful completion of the Access Route leads to eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. 

Following successful completion of the RAD Access Route, students may wish to continue to the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).


Application deadline: 

The Conservatory - 1 December 2018
QUT - 1 February 2019
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts - 1 February 2019