BA Honours in Professional Practice

 

The BAPP is part of the exciting new progression route within the ISTD’s advanced dance teacher education portfolio. This option will provide you with the opportunity to develop your own practice and professional career, receive Higher Education (HE) acknowledgement for your prior experience and achievement and achieve a BA Honours qualification validated by Middlesex University.  This will also provide you with the swiftest route to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) through a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme or Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) if you already hold the Level 4 ISTD qualification (Certificate in Dance Education or Diploma in Dance Education) but do not hold a degree.

The programme has been designed to allow you to combine work and study in a manner that suits you through a work-based learning methodology.  We appreciate that, as a dance teacher, you are often self-employed, have families or may be unable to commit the time or resources to study full time.  There will also be a strong element of independent study, which will be supported by detailed course learning guides, online tutorial support and peer help.

Please click on the relevant links below for more information on the qualification. 

 

What do I need to have to begin my study?

How is the programme constructed?

How can I achieve the required240 credits at Levels 4 and 5?

How can I study for this programme?

What is APEL?

Can I receive credits for my ISTD Associate/Associate Diploma/Licentiate/Fellowship?

How long will it take me?

What forms part of the programme run by Middlesex University?

What is the name of the final award I will receive on completion of the programme?

Is there a maximum number of years for a qualification to be recognised and credits assigned to them?

When can I start?

In which languages will this programme be available?

How much will the qualification cost?

Is there an upper age limit for the qualification?

What happens next?

Glossary of terms

What do I need to have to begin my study?

To start the programme, you should hold one of the qualifications listed below:

  • ISTD Advanced 1 (or its equivalent prior to January 2000, Intermediate);
  • ISTD Advanced 2 (or its equivalent prior to January 2000, Advanced);
  • Level 4 Certificate in Dance Education (CDE);
  • Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE);
  • ISTD Associate;
  • ISTD Associate Diploma;
  • ISTD Licentiate;
  • ISTD Fellowship;
  • Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP).

 

If you do not have any of the above qualifications, but have substantial prior experiential learning (4 or more years professional experience), an experienced practitioner route will be available.  This will involve a module in which you will be required to evidence your prior experiential learning in order to gain academic credit for this through assessment.

How is the programme constructed?

The programme will be divided into two distinct parts:

  • Part 1

 

Achievement of 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5 (first and second year degree level). This part is flexible and designed to give the equivalence of two years of university study.

  • Part 2

 

Achievement of 120 credits at Level 6 (final year degree level) delivered by Middlesex University as part-time work-based learning modules over a period of 15 months.

You can refer to the diagram below for an illustration of how the programme is constructed. For a more detailed illustration of the programme, please click here

Bapp Diagram.

Recognising professional experience and trainingis at the core of the relationship between the ISTD and Middlesex University. Middlesex University wishes to recognise professional training undertaken with the ISTD, and learning achieved through professional experience. If you wish to mix various ISTD and other qualifications for progression onto the BAPP programme, please discuss this with Middlesex University directly.

How can I achieve the required 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5?

The information listed below will assist you in calculating the credits you can receive recognition for. Nonetheless, credit levels and amount are complicated and please ensure you seek advice to ensure you are gaining full recognition for your current qualifications and experience for progression onto the BAPP programme. 

To access part 2 of the programme, you must have achieved 120 credits at Level 4 and 120 credits at Level 5. Whilst excess credits at level 4 cannot be claimed at a higher level, it is possible for excess credits at Levels 5 and 6 to be claimed at lower levels (Levels 4 and 5 where relevant).

The following tables have been included to help you calculate the credits you have already achieved through your ISTD vocational and teacher training.

Please note: the recognition of ISTD qualifications does not mean that they have associated Higher Education (HE) credits that will be recognised by HE institutions other than Middlesex University.

Level 4 (equivalent to the first year of a degree)

A maximum of 120 credits that can be made from any combination of the following:

Full CDE (120 credits)

  • To be claimed in 1 genre
  • Where exemptions have been granted from the CDE, the total credits to be claimed will depend on the units actually completed.
  • Please refer to your Final Statement of Achievement for confirmation of the units completed. Details of individual credit values are available from the Education & Training Department.

Full DDE (92 credits)

  • To be claimed in 1 genre
  • Where exemptions have been granted from the DDE, the total credits to be claimed will depend on the units actually completed.
  • Please refer to your Certificate of Unit Credit for confirmation of the units you have completed and the associated credits.

Unit 4 DDE (20 credits)

  • For the DDE achieved in additional genres, additional credits per genre can be claimed.

Units 6 and 7 CDE (30 credits)

  • For the CDE achieved in additional genres, additional credits per genre may be claimed.

Advanced 1 (33 credits)

This applies to the following:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 1 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) taken since September 2010;
  • Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 1 accredited at Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework taken between August 2001 and August 2010;
  • Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 1 (non accredited) taken between January 2000 and July 2001;
  • The non-accredited equivalent of the Advanced 1 called Intermediate taken prior to January 2000.

 

Advanced 2 (37 credits)

This applies to the following:

  • Level 4 Certificate in Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) taken since September 2010;
  • Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 2 accredited at Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework taken between August 2001 and August 2010;
  • Vocational Graded Examination: Advanced 2 (non accredited) taken between January 2000 and July 2001;
  • The non-accredited equivalent of the Advanced 2 called Advanced taken prior to January 2000.

 

Any shortfall in Level 4 credits?

These can be made up with credits at Levels 5 and 6 and/or Middlesex University APEL.

 

 Level 5 (equivalent to the second year of a degree)

A maximum of 120 credits that can be made from any combination of the following:

ISTD CPD: Health and Safety in Dance (30 credits)

This CPD module provides dance teachers with knowledge on an essential element in the successful delivery of programmes of dance teaching and learning. It covers general health and safety requirements and additionally, the specific knowledge and skills required for safe dance practice. The study includes understanding of health issues and their impact on dance teaching and learning.

ISTD CPD: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance (30 credits)

This CPD module requires the participant to undertake an in-depth study of the science of Lifespan Development. It covers a wide range of topics which inform the practice of dance teaching in the context of human development from infancy to late adulthood.

The knowledge gained through this module gives the participant a powerful tool in understanding how to organise dance learning activities which are within the capacity of a particular age group. Not only this, by studying the recognised norms in human developmental theory and exploring the variations which are so often evident, the participant can use dance activities to meet individual developmental learning needs. The role of dance learning in the promotion of transferable skills is explored in the context of the broader educational practice. 

Further ISTD CPD being developed

The ISTD is currently developed further Level 5 CPD. More details will be posted when available.

Any shortfall in Level 5 credits?

These can be made up with credits at Level 6 and/or Middlesex University APEL.

 

How can I study for this programme?

Many aspects of the programme will be accessible via distance learning and Middlesex University makes significant use of social networking software for tutoring, mentoring and peer support. 

In terms of the two CPD modules currently available (Health and Safety in Dance, and Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance), these are jointly delivered with the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy programme. The modules include taught lectures and group tutorials that are all delivered on specific dates from our ISTD2 Dance Studios. In addition, you would be expected to complete a certain amount of private study.

If you would like further information on the content of the modules, the dates of the lectures, the costs, etc, please email HigherQualifications@istd.org.

What is APEL?

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, or APEL, is a portfolio-based process where you are required to explain learning achieved from prior experience. The APEL process is fully supported by Middlesex University and enables you to target the required credits needed at specified levels. There is a flat fee charge for APEL regardless of the number of credits required, please contact Middlesex University for details.

Please apply to Middlesex University directly to arrange for the completion of APEL.

Can I receive credits for my ISTD Associate/Associate Diploma/Licentiate/Fellowship?

All of these are non-accredited teaching qualifications and therefore you cannot receive any credits for them. If you are calculating the number of credits you have at Levels 4 and 5, don’t forget to check if you have already achieved any of the qualifications listed in the section entitled “How can I achieve the required 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5”.

 If you have not achieved any credit-bearing qualifications at Levels 4 and/or 5, but have substantial experience as a dance teacher, you can apply for the experienced practitioner route. This will involve completion of the APEL module (please see the section entitled “What is APEL?” for more information).

How long will it take me?

The time it will take you will depend on the prior accreditation and experience you bring with you and therefore may take less time or slightly more depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact the ISTD or Middlesex University for further guidance.

What forms part of the programme run by Middlesex University?

The programme run by Middlesex University consists of a work based programme focused on your professional work, consisting of three modules: Establishing Professional Practice; Principles of Professional Inquiry; a work based project or inquiry.

Progression onto this programme is subject to normal application processes. Applicants with ISTD qualifications should discuss their application with Middlesex University to ensure their full range of professional training and experience is recognised.

For more information on this element of the programme, please visit this website or contact Gifty Ohemeng directly.

What is the name of the final award I will receive on completion of the programme?

The award title is BA (Hons) Professional Practice (negotiated focus in parenthesis). The negotiated focus in parenthesis depends on:

a)      the major focus for the Level 4 and 5 credits, and

b)      the focus of the major project on the degree.

The full title of your award would be agreed with your tutor at Middlesex University.

For example, if you have your CDE and some APEL as a dance teacher with a project focused on your dance teaching, you will probably choose ‘dance education’ or ‘dance teaching’.

Is there a maximum number of years for a qualification to be recognised and credits assigned to them?

If a Level 4 or 5 qualification was achieved over four years from the date of your enrolment onto the BAPP programme with Middlesex University and you are looking to receive recognition for those credits, Middlesex University will accept the credits on the condition that you complete a short piece of written work (maximum 500 words) to demonstrate the currency of your learning and how the learning achieved during that particular qualification is still applied in your current professional practice.

If a particular qualification was achieved beyond the four-year timeline and you are unable to evidence how the associated learning is still current, you will not be able to use that qualification towards the BAPP programme.

Please find below a case study illustrating this point.

Maria is a dance teacher with 11 years experience. She successfully completed the CDE programme 6 years ago and wishes it to be recognised as part of her BA (Hons) programme. Maria writes a 500 word justification detailing how the learning on her previous qualification is still current and applied in her practice. This might for example demonstrate how Maria’s knowledge about injury prevention gained on her CDE is applied within her teaching. Successful completion of the 500 word justification would allow Maria to count 120 credits at level 4 for her CDE. Of course, if Maria had completed the CDE course within 4 years of enrolment onto the BAPP programme at Middlesex University, the CDE credits would count without further justification.

When can I start?

This depends on which part of the programme you are starting.

It is highly recommended that you have achieved all 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5 before starting the BAPP top up (this does not apply if you are going through the APEL process with the University).

If you are completing ISTD CPD units, please contact the Education & Training Department at HigherQualifications@istd.org for an application form and for details about start dates, fees, etc.  

If you are only claiming credits for ISTD qualifications and/or are going through the APEL process, please apply through Middlesex University directly.

For Part 2, Middlesex University operates the programme as a 15 month part-time programme. Please apply directly to Middlesex University (the application process does not happen through UCAS). There are 2 separate entry dates for this programme in January and September of each year.

In which languages will this programme be available?

At this time the programme is available in English only but it may become available in other languages if demand dictates.

Where English is not your first language, you will need to provide IELTS results of at least 6.5, or TOEFL 575 paper or 232 computer, or an equivalent before starting the programme.

How much will the qualification cost?

The cost of the programme and related assessment and certification will vary depending on your prior accreditation and experience.  The cost of the programme for you will therefore be agreed in a discussion between you and the ISTD and will be based on your programme of study. 

There are a certain amount of standard costs associated with this programme (this are correct for 2012).

£250

ISTD Entry fee (if you are completing ISTD CPD courses)

£440

Fee for ISTD CPD module: Health and Safety in Dance

£525

Fee for ISTD CPD module: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

£1,060

APEL fee through Middlesex University

£3,480

Fee for BAPP top up through Middlesex University (for UK and EU based applicants)

£5,880

Fee for BAPP top up through Middlesex University (for International applicants)

If you have any questions regarding the ISTD fees, please email HigherQualifications@istd.org.

The fees associated with the elements of the programme run by Middlesex University are listed for reference purposes only. If you have any further questions about them, please visit the Middlesex University website or contact Gifty Ohemeng (Work Based Learning Administrator) directly.

Is there an upper age limit for the qualification?

No - the ISTD and Middlesex University welcome learners of all ages.

What happens next?

Once you have completed the programme what happens next really depends on you.

  • You could apply to progress onto a PGCE or GTP programme as a route to achieving QTS.
  • You could apply to progress onto the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy.  Further information on this programme can be found here.

Glossary of terms

Are you baffled by all the acronyms used?  Please click here for more information.