Diploma in Dance Teaching - Children and Young People (QCF Level 6)
- Dates: Sept 2015 - June 2016
- Hours: 112 hours over 14 days
- Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays
- Cost: £2,465
Our diploma in dance teaching and learning is a part-time course for dance practitioners wishing to gain a nationally recognised dance teaching qualification for working with children and young people. The diploma is a route to Qualified Teacher Learning Skills (QTLS) status.
The diploma is suitable for all dancers, practitioners and teachers working with children and young people, whatever their level of teaching experience, training background or style of dance. The diploma is delivered over 7 weekends (14 days) from September 2015 to June 2016, which enables students to continue to work, or undertake further study. The diploma is scheduled to run alongside our foundation course in professional contemporary dance and students may choose to undertake both qualifications.
The Diploma is a vocational qualification which consists of four individual units of study: Teaching and Learning in Dance; Professional Knowledge of Dance Teaching; Critical Reflection on Dance Teaching; and Dance Teaching in Practice. For each unit, candidates must successfully demonstrate their knowledge of the learning outcomes in relation to their own practice and style of dance (or a style of dance they are interested in).
The Diploma is a recognised teaching qualification by the Institute for Learning. On completion of the course, candidates may apply for QTLS, at an additional charge.
Applications close: 30 June 2015.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the application by: 10 July 2015
Who is the Diploma for?
The Diploma is suitable for all dance artists, practitioners and teachers working with children and young people, whatever their level of teaching experience, training background or style of dance.
It has been designed to be flexible to meet the needs of teachers at different stages of their careers, and to fit around their personal commitments.
Teachers may be working in a range of formal and informal settings (e.g. community dance, youth dance, after-school clubs, dance projects within curriculum time, youth clubs, youth justice work, sports centres).
The Diploma can be undertaken in any style of dance: ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, street dance, hip hop, ballroom, and Asian dance.
For less experienced dance teachers the Diploma will provide training in the theoretical and practical skills of teaching dance to children and young people. For more experienced practitioners it can provide the opportunity to reflect and develop their practice as well as gaining an official qualification that will enhance their career opportunities.
Qualified Teaching and Learning Status
The Diploma is a recognised teaching qualification by the Institute for Learning as a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Status (QTLS). On completion of the course, candidates may apply for QTLS, at an additional charge. Candidates will also need English and maths at Level 2 (for example, GCSE level) to gain qualified teacher status within the formal sector.
To note: the IFL will be closing in the autumn of 2014 with many of its functions being transferred to the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The legacy of professional formation and application for QTLS (which is protected by law) is being transferred to EFT and DDTAL graduates will be able to continue to apply for this process.
The Diploma is a vocational qualification which consists of four individual units of study:
- Unit 1: Teaching and Learning in Dance
- Unit 2: Professional Knowledge of Dance Teaching
- Unit 3: Critical Reflection on Dance Teaching
- Unit 4: Dance Teaching in Practice
For each unit, candidates must successfully demonstrate their knowledge of the learning outcomes in relation to their own practice and style of dance (or a style of dance they are interested in).
The units are delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures and seminars led by highly experienced trainers and practitioners. Individual support and mentoring are provided by the Course Leader for each unit.
Duration of course and hours of study
The Diploma is delivered part-time over seven weekends (fourteen days), between September 2015 and June 2016 inclusive. A final assessment date will be arranged at a later date, at a date to be agreed by the candidates.
This full course can be completed within this period, but candidates have three years from passing the first unit to complete the remainder of the course.
Please see the end of this document for 2015/2016 dates.
The total number of taught contact hours is 112.
Candidates will be expected to spend additional hours of personal study time and assessment preparation.
The course fees are payable in four instalments, four weeks in advance of each unit. A deposit of £200 is required to secure your place (this will be deducted from the fees for unit 1).
- Deposit: £200
- Unit 1: £685
- Unit 2: £750
- Unit 3: £305
- Unit 4: £525
- TOTAL fees: £2,465
The fees are inclusive of all Trinity College London assessment costs.
The course is designed for people with a variety of dance experience and backgrounds. No formal dance qualifications are required to join the programme.
The course does not include technical dance training and candidates are expected to have suitable dance training or significant experience of dance in their respective dance genre.
If English is not your first language, you will need written and spoken English skills, as a minimum, at the following level: British Council IELTS at least band 6 (general English test) or above, a TOEFL score of at least 560, the Cambridge first certificate in English (grades A or B) or the Trinity College London integrated skills in English ii; or the Pearson test of English (score of 52 or above).
Applications from practitioners across a wide range of dance styles are invited.
The minimum age for undertaking the qualification is 18 years.
Candidates will need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service – formally CRB) enhanced check in order to register for Unit 4.
Further course requirements
Candidates will need to provide evidence of delivering 60 hours autonomous dance teaching. The number of hours can be from previous teaching or whilst undertaking the Diploma (approx. 15 – 18 months).
Candidates will work with course staff to develop an Individual Learning Plan leading to further support their continuing professional development, if required.