Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy
The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) is a dance teaching qualification regulated by Ofqual. The qualification provides experienced dance teachers and professional dancers with a programme that builds on your previous training, knowledge and experience. It will take your teaching to the next level and enhance your current dance skills.
The Diploma in Dance Pedagogy is delivered through lecture-based seminars and practical dance intensives at our London-based ISTD2 studios, with mentor support from experienced practitioners between taught sessions. Most modules are available via distance learning, enabling you to study anywhere in the world, at your own pace and around existing commitments. Practical units are delivered in intensive study blocks during UK holiday periods. Core units include:
- Planning and Evaluating Programmes of Learning
- The Practice of Teaching Dance and
- Reflective Practice.
These units are studied simultaneously and allow you opportunities to develop and refine your teaching practice and explore teaching and learning theories in relation to your chosen genre.
Optional units offer you the freedom to devise a tailor made study programme which caters for your personalised teaching interests. These include three non-syllabus practical units:
- Teaching Classical Ballet Technique
- Teaching Dance in Musical Theatre or
- Teaching Dance in Education and Community Settings
- Applied Dance Science
- Social and Emotional Development
- Choreography or
- Action Research
The DDP is regulated at Level 6 which is equivalent to the final year of an undergraduate degree. The qualification also fully covers the requirements of the Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training (DET), enabling graduates to apply for Qualified Teacher status (QTLS).
On completion of this qualification you can:
- Apply for Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills Status (QTLS)
- Progress onto the ISTD Fellowship, ISTD’s highest teaching qualification and eventually apply to become an ISTD examiner
- Apply for BA and MA courses offered in partnership with Middlesex University
- Consider becoming an approved tutor for various units of the ISTD's initial teaching qualifications
This is a truly flexible programme with options to:
- Enrol to complete the full course (2 years part time)
- Enrol for individual units to suit your existing commitments and work at your own pace. The full qualification must be completed within 5 years of initial enrolment.
Please note: This qualification has undergone significant changes. Please download the prospectus for full information about the revised qualification.
The applications for the full course starting in April 2017 have now closed. But please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest to study the individual Unit 4 and Unit 5 options.
You can choose to study the whole qualification or individual units. As the applications for the whole qualification have closed if you wish to study individual units please complete the 'ISTD Level 6 DDP Unit Application Form 2017' below. Please read the Level 6 DDP Application Guide before filling out the application form. It contains the study routes, entry criteria, specialisms, cost of the programme along with details of the application process.
As part of the ISTD’s charitable status, the ISTD Council has reserved funds to provide bursaries to support dance teachers to further their training. Applicants for the Diploma in Dance Pedagogy, who are ISTD members, may apply for a bursary of up to £2000 to support their study for this qualification. Bursaries are only available to learners enrolling on the full Diploma in Dance Pedagogy course, starting in 2017.
At this time the qualification and programme of study is available in English only. Therefore you need to be competent in this language to study this course. If English is not your first language and you have not completed degree level study in English, you will need to submit an IELTS certificate along with your application form.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test that measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work in environments where English is used as a language of communication. An easy-to-use 9-band scale clearly identifies proficiency level, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).
For studying Units 1, 2, 3 or Unit 5 options, ISTD accepts the score of IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6 in all components) in IELTS General Training test.
For studying Unit 4 options, ISTD accepts the score of IELTS 6 (with minimum 5.5 in all components) in IELTS General Training test.
If you do not fulfil the entry requirements for ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy but feel you have the required knowledge or experience, you can apply for APEL to access this qualification. The Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) scheme takes account of your professional experience and unregulated qualifications to enable you to by-pass the usual requirements for ISTD Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy qualifications.
If you have any queries about this qualification, please contact Dhanashree Oak, Higher Qualifications Co-ordinator, on email@example.com. If you have any questions about your suitability for this qualification, please contact Dhanashree with a copy of your updated CV.
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