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Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate Royal Academy of Dance



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This programme is designed for professional dancers wishing to prepare for a new career in teaching, or for dancers who are already teaching but wish to gain an internationally renowned RAD teaching qualification. Combining distance learning and an onsite Intensive Study Period, this flexible programme of study accommodates your rehearsal, performance and work schedules or teaching commitments and provides you with a secure platform for a career in teaching.


The Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate is a modular programme which runs over 12 months, consisting of both part-time distance learning and intensive onsite taught study. You will complete three compulsory modules at postgraduate level.

The programme begins with a one week induction seminar, in the programme’s location, followed by a period of distance learning. In the summer, you will attend an Intensive Study Period (minimum duration four weeks) which comprises practical sessions, lectures, seminars, a summer teaching project, discussion groups and tutorials.

During the final part of the programme, you will undertake a teaching placement in a dance school/teaching context of your choice where you will be supported by a mentor and practical teaching supervisor.

Further study and career opportunities

Graduates from the Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate are well placed to work in the private (vocational) dance sector and in a range of educational contexts internationally across Europe and/or to enrol for further study at postgraduate level.

The programme includes study of the syllabi and examinations of the RAD so that graduates are eligible to become teaching members of the RAD and can enter students for RAD examinations should they wish to do so.

Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate graduates may apply to transfer to the RAD’s Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) providing they successfully complete an access module. Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate graduates who meet these requirements will be exempt from 60 credits of the Masters’ degree, which is delivered via distance learning.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate.

Full Time (12 months)

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Distance Learning

United Kingdom

Entry requirement for international students

We welcome applications from dancers with significant professional experience and advanced technical proficiency in dance. Applicants will also need to demonstrate their potential to study at postgraduate level. Initially applicants will submit an application form in which they will provide a written statement and references. Applicants will then be invited to attend an online interview, and submit a short teaching extract and a short written task. Applicant’s will be given clear guidance as to the requirements of these submission which are designed to assess their potential as a teacher and for study at level 7. Students who do not have English as a first language: Applicants whose first language is not English and who are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required must achieve one of the following qualifications: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): For postgraduate programmes of study IELTS band of 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests. The IELTS must be the academic test and have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies is issued.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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