Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy





Qualifications Type


Overview and Objectives

The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) is a dance teaching qualification regulated by Ofqual. It provides experienced dance teachers and professional dancers with a programme that builds on their previous training, knowledge and experience. It will take their teaching to the next level and enhance their current dance skills.

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).

Duration and Units

Practical units are delivered in intensive study blocks during UK holiday periods and are studied simultaneously. They offer opportunities to develop and refine teaching practice and explore teaching and learning theories in relation to the chosen genre. 

Core units include:

  • Planning and Evaluating Programmes of Learning
  • The Practice of Teaching Dance
  • Reflective Practice

Optional units offer the freedom to devise a tailor made study programme which caters for personalised teaching interests.  These include three non-syllabus practical units:

  • Teaching Classical Ballet Technique
  • Teaching Dance in Musical Theatre
  • Teaching Dance in Education and Community Settings


  • Applied Dance Science
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Choreography
  • Action Research

For full details, download the prospectus.

Download the DDP Prospectus 2017-18

Download the DDP Syllabus 2017-18

Delivery and Support

The Diploma in Dance Pedagogy is delivered through lecture-based seminars and practical dance intensives 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.

This is a truly flexible programme with options to enrol on to the full course (2 years part time), or on to individual units only. The full qualification must be completed within 5 years of initial enrolment.

Costs and Bursaries

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. Find out more here.

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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. Find out more ...


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.

Progression Routes

  • 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


Registration and Contacts

If you have any queries about this qualification please contact Kath Bye at higherqualifications@istd.org.