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With the introduction of the Centre Assessment Standards Scrutiny (CASS) by the regulators, we are required to enhance our regulatory arrangements around Centres and assessment decisions made by Centres where applicable.

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What is an Approved Dance Centre?


Our Approved Dance Centres (ADCs) are independent schools and vocational colleges by which student teachers can take up the Level 4 DDE qualification. All ADCs go through a strictly regulated approval process to meet the highest industry standards and assures student teachers wishing to gain our Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) that their teaching techniques and facilities are appropriate and up to date, and their teachers suitably trained and qualified.

Overview


The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) can only be delivered by a Society Approved Dance Centre (ADC). Approved Dance Centres are vocational colleges and independent schools that have been verified by the Society and regulators to deliver our regulated teaching qualifications.

Prospective ADCs must have a proposed tutor(s) in place who hold the requisite qualifications and experience. If you are interested in becoming an Approved Dance Centre to deliver the Level 4 DDE, please note that your Centre’s approval is granted once all criteria have been met, and proposed Approved Tutors have attended the relevant tutor training. Until approval is granted the delivery of the qualifications may not commence.
Requirements
With courses offered on a full-time as well as a part-time basis, there are plenty of flexible study options to suit individual needs. The approval process ensures that the prospective institution has:

  • the ability to provide an appropriate educational experience for learner teachers
  • suitably qualified and experienced teaching staff
  • appropriate mechanisms of governance and administrative procedures
  • effective quality assurance
  • robust health and safety, complaints, and appeals mechanisms
  • appropriate physical facilities with Wi-Fi (i.e. studio size, flooring, lighting, internet access)
  • staff training procedures for assessment.

How to Apply


If you are interested to become an Approved Dance Centre, please email pqmanager@istd.org for an application pack.

Once you are ready to apply, please send the following documents by email:

  • Approved Dance Centre Application Form- fully completed, signed and dated
  • Approved Tutor Application Form(s)
  • Policy Documents
  • Photographs of studios, changing rooms and toilet facilities
  • A copy of a valid Public Liability Insurance Certificate

There is a non-refundable application fee of £300 which must be paid within 7 days of submitting your application.  Application fee can be paid by bank transfer or we could send you a payment link to pay online.  

All applications will be acknowledged in writing.  The Society may request further information during the review stage.

What happens next?


You may be asked to provide further information throughout the approval process. It may take up to 8 weeks to complete and confirm an outcome.  

As the qualifications are genre-specific, approval is granted based on the genres the Approved Tutors are approved to deliver. Approved Dance Centres are required to deliver the Qualification in its full entirety which means learners should be able to complete all 5 units at the ADC.  

If successful at the first stage of the approval process, your Centre will be selected for inspection. Shortly after the inspection meeting, the review of your application is almost complete.  The confirmation of approval/rejection will be notified in writing alongside a detailed ADC Feedback Report. 

On receipt of the approval confirmation, new ADCs can start to register student teachers for the DDE in the ADC’s approved genre(s).  The delivery of the qualifications may commence once Approved Tutor(s) completed their mandatory tutor training. No training or assessment of student teachers must take place before this time.

Download our list of Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Assessment Fees below.

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