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The ISTD Academy DDP provides dance teachers and professional dancers with a programme that builds on their previous training, knowledge, and experience. The curriculum places emphasis on the various ways that dance can be delivered, underpinned by theory and critical analysis, so that students graduate as confident, versatile, and highly proficient dance teachers

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Course Details

At the ISTD Academy we are offering a remote distance learning course delivered through online engaging live lectures and tutorials over 2 years.  
There are 5 main areas of study that are split into 5 units:

Unit 1, 2 and 3 are core units and explore key knowledge, skills and understanding related to developing dance teaching practice. These core units explore policy and procedures, professional practice, theories of learning, assessment, and communication and reflective practice. The core units develop knowledge and skills in planning, delivering, and evaluating inclusive, progressive, and motivational teaching tailored to the needs of every leaner in the classroom.  

Units 4 and 5 extend students’ knowledge into more specialist areas of study ensuring that graduates have a well-rounded and deep knowledge of dance teaching. 
Unit 1: Planning and Evaluating Programmes of Learning 
Unit 2: The Practice of Dance Teaching and Learning 
Unit 3: Reflective Practice 
Unit 4: Teaching in Context 
Unit 5: Research 


Course Date* 

January 2025 (2 years) 
*Subject to change 


Deposit  £250  Payable at enrolment 
Fee*  £5606  Payment plans are available to spread the cost over 2 years 
Registration  £35  Payable at enrolment 
TOTAL £5891    

*Fees are reviewed annually and therefore subject to change 

Academy Entry Requirements 

  • Level 4 DDE or equivalent teaching qualification and / or extensive performing and teaching experience 
  • GSCE English (or equivalent) at grade 4/C or above
  • Students for whom English is a second language are expected to hold an IELTS at Level 6 
  • GSCE Maths (or equivalent) at Level 4/C or above (or equivalent) is required if continuing to QTLS 
  • Enhanced DBS Certificate  
  • Teaching placement to deliver 100 teaching hours 

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) 

If you do not fulfil the entry requirements for the DDP but feel you have the required knowledge or experience, you can apply for APEL to access this qualification via the ISTD directly. The APEL scheme takes account of your professional experience and unregulated qualifications to enable you to potentially by-pass the usual requirements. 

To find out more please visit our Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) page. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

The below table outlines the qualifications that enable automatic exemptions from units within the DDP. If you hold one of these qualifications, you can be automatically exempted from the relevant DDP unit by providing a certificate as evidence of completion of the exempting course. 

Qualification  Relevant Unit  Exemption 
Licentiate in ICB / Cecchetti  Unit 4a  Unit 4 
Licentiate Modern Theatre/Tap  Unit 4b  Unit 4 
PGCE/PGDE/QTLS/DTTLS/PTLS Core Units  Unit 1, 2 & 3 

Future Prospects 

On completion of the full DDP course, you will be able to: 

  • Apply to become an ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Tutor 
  • Apply to become an ISTD Approved Dance Centre 
  • Apply for an MA. E.g., Master's in professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex University 
  • Apply for higher qualifications including Fellowship* and QTLS**  
  • Apply for full ISTD membership 
  • Enter students for exams 
  • Attend ISTD CPD programmes 
  • Receive the ISTD Dance Magazine and Newsletters 

* Candidates wishing to continue their studies after the DDP, and gain Fellowship must hold Advanced 2 in their chosen genre as well as in-depth knowledge of the syllabus up to and including Advanced 2. 
** Candidates wishing to continue their studies after the DDP and gain QTLS must hold GCSE English and Maths at Level 4 before they apply for SET Formation. 

Application Process 

Apply now by emailing or following the online link here.

Successful candidates will be invited to an interview.


Got questions or need more information? Email us at or call our friendly team on 020 7655 8875.  

For further information about the DDP course, please download the Programme Specification.


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