Royal Academy of Dance
Dance (W5X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

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.

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.

Interview process

After the initial application review by the Programme Manager you may be invited to send in a video submission which involes a short dance piece and an introduction. Specifics of what to include will be requested from you by the Admissions Officer.

After a review of the video submission you might be invited to an onsite audition at the Royal Academy of Dance’s main site in London. This normally includes:

  • An introduction presentation by the Programme Manager
  • A practical dance class led by an RAD tutor
  • Candidates leading a teaching extract
  • Participating in a group discussion
  • An interivew with an RAD tutor upon invitation

Further information about the audition day will be sent upon invitation.

How school placements work

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 course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £7,085

Other Fees:

  • £120 registration fee on enrolment
  • £60 audition fee is payable if you are invited to audition for this programme

Typical Programme Costs Recurring Costs (for programme duration)

  • Dancewear & equipment as required £150-£350
  • Travel to and from Placement School between £50-£200 per week (cost varies on location of placement and trainee’s term time address)
  • Accommodation whilst on placement up to £300 per week (depending on trainee’s term time address)

Compulsory study visits and placement costs (for the programme duration)

  • Study visits/trips £10-£100 (depending on trainee’s term time address)

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



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.

Other requirements

All Candidates must gain:

  • Criminal Records Check, assitance will be given by the Royal Academy of Dance

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.

About the training provider

The RAD is a specialist dance education provider with over 90 years experience in inspiring, cultivating and supporting dance teachers around the world. The Royal Academy of Dance has been judged as an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education following their most recent Ofsted inspection (2018). This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. 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 and regular feedback on your progress. The programme comprises 13 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, 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 have the opportunity to 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.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from students with disabilities (including long term medical conditions, physical impairments, learning disabilities and mental health conditions) who wish to pursue a career in the dance teaching profession. For on-site programmes, we encourage you to visit us before applying, to view classes and facilities and discuss any support or adjustments that may be required. The earlier you can let us know about your disability the better, so that we can work with you to implement a Personal Learning Support Plan.

Contact details

020 7326 8000
Faculty of Education
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA


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