Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

If you live in the UK and are just starting out on your journey as a Dance Teacher in Theatre take our initial Dance Teacher Qualifications.

DDE Level 4 Qualification

The Level 4 DDE is an Ofqual regulated teaching qualification, which provides an excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance. It offers student teachers a clear pathway to become a qualified dance teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and allows the opportunity to engage with up-to-date research in best practice related to dance teaching and learning. The DDE forms part of the Society’s regulated teaching qualifications portfolio and is available to residents in the UK and Europe for the Theatre Dance genres including: Cecchetti, Classical Greek, Classical Indian, Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre, National Dance and Tap Dance.


The framework of the assessment ensures that student teachers develop the practical skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession and to develop a sustainable career. In studying the DDE, candidates cover a breadth of material, leaving them fully qualified within their chosen dance genre. It lends itself to a blended learning approach combining classroom and studio delivery with online activities and assessment. 

The full DDE qualification awards 120 credits at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) in the UK and the Credit and Qualifications Framework in Wales (CQFW). This equates to 120 credits at Level 5 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF). 

Depending on individual experience and the chosen format of studying, the Level 4 DDE can be achieved over within a 2-3 year programme, either part time or as part of full time vocational training.

It consists of 5 individual units that are written to support the learning from one unit to another preparing the student fully for teaching in the studio.  

Unit 1: Preparing for Safe Teaching (15 credits at Level 3)

Unit 2: Observing, Assisting and Teaching Practice (30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 3: Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate (28 credits at Level 3)

Unit 4: Dance Practice (30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 5: Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development (17 credits at Level 4)



Student teachers need to be 17 years of age in the academic year of DDE enrolment and 18 years of age to undertake the DDE teaching practice. 

Student teachers with significant prior teaching experience or a regulated qualification of the same level and content may apply for an exemption. Check with your Approved Dance Centre at registration.


Student teachers can study the DDE through Dance Centres approved by the Society. Once the student teacher is enrolled with an Approved Dance Centre they are required to complete a DDE registration form that is to be submitted by the ADC to Professional Qualifications Department at the Society.

Some Approved Centres will offer the DDE at weekends, evenings or through intensive study blocks. Please contact the ADCs directly for further information about enrolment, study times, tuition fees and so forth.

Progressing your journey

Successful completion of the Diploma in Dance Education will mean you are able to apply for Full Membership of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. This will enable you to enter students for examinations and benefit from our full membership package.  

The next step for your teaching journey is to consider the higher teaching qualifications.  



How does the new DDE affect me as a student teacher?

If you are a student currently studying DDI you will be able to transfer your current qualifications into the New DDE. You will need to contact your Approved Dance Centre who will work with the Society to transfer this across. Following the transfer, you will then continue on the new pathway. If you have almost finished your current DDE qualification you can continue, but will need to fully complete your full qualification by 31st August 2018. Retakes are permissible from September to December 2018 but following this process the DDI and DDE will close for the UK and EU. You will not lose your qualification but will need to ensure that you have carried out this process. 


How does the new DDE affect me as an Approved Dance Centre (ADC)?

If you are an ADC you will have to undertake a re-approval process and complete the approval form as requested by Customer Services in order to deliver the new qualification. If we do not hear from you we will assume that you no longer wish to be an Approved Dance Centre. Please note that re-approval will be provisional until the approved tutors have completed the required tutor training for the new units.


How does the new DDE affect me as an Approved Tutor?

If you are an Approved Tutor you will be required to attend training in order to prepare for delivering the new qualification to your student teachers. If you are tutoring Units 2 and 4 you are required to undertake all Tutor Training. If you only tutor Unit 1 and/or 5 you will be required to attend training only for the Unit(s) you tutor. Dates are currently published on our website. Please ensure that you liaise with your Approved Dance Centre in order to ensure that they are seeking re approval before you book your training.

To Apply

If you would like to enrol, please contact your chosen Approved Dance Centre directly.

View the full list of Approved Dance Centres