Postgraduate Certificate in Education:
Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teaching Status)

  • Programme summary
  • Programme breakdown
  • Entry requirements
  • Programme fees
  • Student voices
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Apply by
    Applications open in October and will close when all places have been filled
  • Location:
    RAD, London and teaching placements
  • Application
    Via Apply for Teacher Training
  • Start
    September 2023
  • Language
    English
  • Level/Credits
    60 Credits at FHEQ Level 7 and
    600 hours of professional practice

If you want to teach dance in secondary education then this programme is for you.

This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. It includes two contrasting teaching placements in secondary schools or colleges, supported by regular periods of study at RAD headquarters in London.

You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for government-recognised Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and work to fulfil these standards through the duration of your studies. You will be supported by experienced school-based and RAD tutors who will provide valuable, regular feedback on your progress.

On successful completion, you will have gained a postgraduate qualification with QTS and will be eligible to become a registered teacher with the RAD. Graduates from this programme can also apply for the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching), with 60 credits exemption.

Your student experience

The programme comprises 12 weeks of full-time study on-site (in three blocks) at the RAD in London, and 24 weeks (120 days) in two distinct professional placements within schools or colleges covering the 11–19 age range.

Modules taught at the RAD are delivered through practical workshops, lectures and seminars as well as group and individual tutorials. During your placements, you will work alongside school-based tutors who are dance specialists. You will develop your knowledge and skills through a combination of observation, teaching, and discussion with your tutors who will provide support on planning, teaching and self-reflection. Alongside the two contrasting teaching placements, you will also teach across a variety of educational settings including a specialist performing arts school, primary schools, specialist Special Educational Needs and Disability provision schools and a Pupil Referral Unit.

 

The programme comprises three interrelated areas of study

Dance studies

You will extend your knowledge of dance as a subject in secondary education across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. You will study and deliver a selection of dance specifications, courses and curricula including the AQA GCSE and A Level specifications and the BTEC Level 2 and 3 programmes in Performing Arts.

Professional studies

In preparation for teaching, you will be introduced to selected education theories and pedagogies, studying the professional standards and requirements for all teachers working in the state sector in England.

To gain Qualified Teacher Status, you will be required to demonstrate that you have met all the Teachers’ 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 school experience and teaching placements. In addition, an Individual Training Plan gives you the opportunity to enhance and enrich personal, practical and teaching skills throughout the programme.

Partnership schools and colleges

Our partnership schools and colleges are based in inner and outer London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree (with a minimum classification of 2:1) in dance or a related subject with a substantial dance component. Minimum grade 4 or equivalent in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Interview and audition

Applicants must submit a video of a solo as part of the initial selection process and based on this assessment, the applicant may be invited to interview. The interview day involves a practical audition including practical dance class, the teaching of the short extract of the solo, an interview (by invitation following successful practical class and teaching) and a group discussion.

Assessment mode

You will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards legislated by the UK government throughout the programme. In addition, you will complete three assignments as part of the postgraduate qualification assessed at FHEQ Level 7.

Employment prospects

We have a very high employment rate and our graduates have gone on to secure jobs in secondary schools, academies, FE colleges and grammar schools nationwide and internationally. Many move on to become heads of department and many of our school-based tutors in partnership schools and colleges are RAD graduates.

Award

The programme leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status. Graduates may also be eligible for registration as a dance teacher with the RAD.

Further study and career development

Following a period of teaching experience, graduates may apply for the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).

More information

www.royalacademyofdance.org/pgce

Validated by:

  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Apply By
    Applications open in October and will close when all places have been filled
  • Location:
    RAD, London and teaching placements
  • Application
    Via Apply for Teacher Training
  • Start
    September 2023
  • Language
    English
  • Level/Credits
    60 Credits at FHEQ Level 7 and
    600 hours of professional practice

Fees for 2023/24

Fees for 2023/24 will be published in due course on our website at HE Fees.  Meanwhile the 2022/23 fees are listed here for guidance.

Faculty of Education graduates who go on to study for a postgraduate award delivered by the RAD or further study of an RAD award can benefit from a discount in tuition fees. Tuition fees are invoiced in instalments for each programme as appropriate.

Awards, bursaries and hardship funds

We are committed to providing support to students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge through study and we offer a limited number of awards, bursaries and hardship funds for specific purposes. The application forms and submission deadlines can be found under ‘Fees and funding’ on the RAD website.

For information on planning your budget and typical programme costs, such as dancewear, equipment, accommodation and travel, please see HE Fees.

On-site (full-time)

UK/International students

£7,300

for the academic year, plus £120 registration fee on enrolment.

A fee of £60 is payable if the applicant is invited to audition.

We are very proud of our students and graduates here at the RAD.

Read about their different student experiences and where they are now through our Student Voices.

Zoe Cartlidge

  • Graduate

    When I was looking into completing a PGCE I thought about training in a variety of different places, however when I read about training at the RAD I knew it was where I wanted to be. At the RAD I have been able to learn all of my teaching skills from dance specialists, making everything I have learnt transferable to the studio. As someone who was coming in with a minimal amount of teaching experience, having this kind of specialised learning was so important to me. In addition, the class sizes at RAD were smaller than on other courses I had seen. This has meant that in all my classes I have had the opportunity to get a very personalised teaching experience.

    I have always loved dance and part of the reason for this is that I have always been lucky enough to have access to dance classes. Therefore, the reason I want to become a teacher is to give every student the same access. At the RAD, the teacher training gives me the opportunity to do this, as the training is so student focused, with assignments covering how to support every student accessing dance, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds or with special educational needs.

    There were so many happy memories at RAD and I have developed amazing friendships through the onsite training. This has been a huge part of the programme as there is no denying the intensity that comes along with teacher training. You will laugh, cry, write lesson plans at 11pm and sometimes wonder if it will all be possible. However, you go through this together and forming a community of support has been amazing. My favourite memories, however, are from placements. One moment that has stood out for me is when a student who struggled to participate at all performed a one minute solo in front of the class. I will never forget the smile on their face as they finished to a huge applause!

    If you’re considering a PGCE at the RAD be prepared for the workload! There is no way around it, this programme will be intense, but it will also prepare you in the best possible way for the hectic life of a teacher. Undertaking the programme has been one of the best decisions I have made in my professional career so far and from my experience, most jobs will come with stress, however teaching can also bring you joy.

Jacqueline Ketting

  • Graduate

    After completing a BA (Hons) degree at the RAD, I was based in Dubai, as head of ballet at a Performing Arts School, but returned to London to study the PGCE.

    What I found most interesting about the programme was the two teaching placements. It is an opportunity for trainees to build relationships with the schools, tutors and students with whom we teach (for 10-14 weeks) and allows us to put what we have learnt into practice and experiment with different teaching strategies. Even though I have been an RAD ballet teacher for the better part of 10 years, there is always new things to learn, which has been extremely exciting.

    My career aspirations are to teach in a school, not necessarily in the United Kingdom, and share my passion and love of dance with students who may not have the opportunity to dance within the private sector. This could include setting up a dance or performing arts curriculum within a school, to offer students that enriched experience. The fact that the programme offers both the PGCE and Qualified Teaching Status qualification is of great benefit to me as it will enhance my future career aspirations.

    It is an intense programme, so in order to succeed, your time management, efficiency and organisation skills must be excellent. However, even though it is demanding, I do feel like it will prepare you above and beyond your first year in teaching.

Kirsten Rosa Hood

  • Graduate

    Before starting the PGCE I was working full time as an Event and Project Manager at a full service event solution agency. I wanted to study a PGCE in secondary dance, and the RAD offered a combined QTS & PGCE, with a tailored programme, specific to dance. It is an esteemed institution, that has a renowned and rigorous programme, and I knew it was going to prepare me for my teaching career ahead.

    The programme combines onsite study periods with teaching placements, which creates a good pace to the programme and has highlighted my ability to organise my time, my resilience and dedication to my studies, progressing my career and dance technique.

    After the programme, I am hoping to work in a secondary high school in London and complete my NQT year. I hope to be a head of a successful dance department within the next 5 years and I aspire to run a department within a school that is known for its excellence in dance and the arts.

Emily Nix

  • Graduate

    I chose the PGCE programme at the RAD because of its reputation. I had talked to experienced teachers who had explicitly said that they would always hire students from the RAD because of the high level of training that the programme requires. As I was already based in London, I wanted to stay in the area, and looking ahead, I knew that there could be more opportunities for jobs in London.

    The most useful element of the programme was how much it demanded of you as a student and a teacher. It was tough, but ensured you were well prepared once you graduated and went into the real world. Every element required real detail, and it is designed in a way that you prove and improve your teaching multiple times.

    Over the course of the year, I learned that I am resilient, and that I genuinely love teaching. In the first week we were advised to  always ‘celebrate the little wins’ and that is something that stayed with me the whole way through, and I try to keep doing that now! By acknowledging every little win, I was able to appreciate everything that I was doing and learning even more.

    I am now teaching full time at an Academy in SW London, where I teach dance to KS3, GCSE and A Level students. The PGCE allowed me to become a teacher at an incredible school that has great opportunities for students interested in dance. Without the PGCE at the RAD, I absolutely would not be teaching where I am now. The course is not easy, but it is incredibly rewarding, and if you want to teach dance, the RAD is where you should study.