Quality assurance, enhancement & compliance

The quality, enhancement and compliance activities of the Royal Academy of Dance’ Faculty of Education consists of a number of elements all designed to deliver academic programmes of a high academic standard and a high quality student learning experience.

Faculty of Education, quality assurance and enhancement

Faculty of Education procedures for quality assurance are required to take into account the various components of the QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education (HE). The Quality Code has three sections:

  • Part A: Setting and maintaining academic standards.
  • Part B: Assuring and enhancing academic quality.
  • Part C: Information about higher education provision.

Each part contains the expectations that all HE providers are required to meet and give a series of indicators which illustrate how the expectations can be met.

The Quality Assurance Agency carried out a Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) in June 2017. The outcome of the Review was that the Royal Academy of Dance has met UK expectations in all four of the judgements: the maintenance of academic standards; the quality of student learning opportunities; the quality of information about learning opportunities; and the enhancement of learning opportunities.

The Royal Academy of Dance has published its action plan in response to the recent Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) in June 2017. The action plan was approved by the Royal Academy of Dance Education Sub-committee in November 2017. Please click on the links below for the QAA Report (external link) and Royal Academy of Dance Action Plan.

Compliance

Student Protection Plan

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 requires Higher Education Institutes and providers of Higher Education to maintain a Student Protection Plan to protect the interest of students. The Royal Academy of Dance’s Faculty of Education Student Protection Plan details the measures the Royal Academy of Dance and its validating partner for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will take in order to protect the student interest and assure continuity of study in the event of programme, department or institution change or closure.

The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 requires Higher Education Institutes and providers of Higher Education to maintain a Student Protection Plan to protect the interest of students. The Royal Academy of Dance’s Faculty of Education Student Protection Plan details the measures the Royal Academy of Dance and its validating partner for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, will take in order to protect the student interest and assure continuity of study in the event of programme, department or institution change or closure.

How we spend tuition fees – value for money

The following table shows a breakdown of how your tuition fees are spent on university-validated programmes:

1 2 3 4
Academic Salaries Programme Expenses Admin Salaries Admin Costs
BA (Hons) Ballet Education 57% 21% 19% 10%
BA (Hons) Dance Education 91% 18% 19% 10%
Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (with QTS) 51% 34% 19% 10%
Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) 64% 39% 19% 10%

Notes

  1. Full-time and part-time academic salaries contributing to the teaching of the programmes.
  2. Expenses of running the programmes such as costs towards validation fees, placement providers, sessional teaching staff, library resources, virtual learning environment support costs, student expenses.
  3. Administration salaries contributing towards supporting the programmes and Faculty of Education staff training and recruitment.
  4. Costs towards Faculty of Education offices, professional subscriptions, government costs, general library online resources, certificates, marketing, advertising and office equipment, etc.

The Faculty of Education also contributes towards costs related to the running of the RAD such as property and building overheads, fixtures and fittings, support departments and students graduation.

Transparency Data

The information published on this page shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications.
  • The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate.
  • Their ethnicity.
  • Their socioeconomic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

RAD Context

Much of the data in relation to the RAD is unable to be shown due to there being under 24 students in those specific categories. The RAD looks to promote equality and diversity in its student population, as such you can read our Widening Access and Participation Statement.

We are keen to understand the patterns in applications and student populations so that we may contribute to widening access and continue to monitor this.

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Table 1b: Detailed information on applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Table 2b: Detailed information on attainment for 2017-18 qualifiers

Download the above Transparency Tables in Excel format.