Course Information

Who is the course for?

This qualification is for anyone working with children and young people in dance. It is designed for people with a variety of dance teaching backgrounds from those new to teaching to those with many years of experience. It is applicable for practitioners across different dance styles such as contemporary, ballet, jazz or street dance.

For less experienced dance teachers the Diploma in Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) will provide training in the theoretical and practical skills of teaching dance to children and young people. For more experienced practitioners it can provide the opportunity to reflect and develop their practice as well as gaining an official qualification that will enhance their career opportunities.

The Diploma is now accepted as a route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTLS)

DDTAL is a nationally recognised teaching qualification within the community and informal sectors. It has also now been recognised by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) as having equivalency with DTLLS. This gives the holders of DDTAL the right to apply to the ETF for professional formation leading to QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. You will also need English and Maths at Level 2 (eg GCSE level) for qualified teacher status within the formal sector.

What does the course involve?

The course is made up of four units which cover a variety of topics:

  • Unit 1: Teaching and Learning in Dance
  • Unit 2: Professional Knowledge of Dance Teaching
  • Unit 3: Critical Reflection on Dance Teaching
  • Unit 4: Dance Teaching in Practice

These units include the following topics, amongst others:

  • Planning and supporting learning in dance
  • Managing and evaluating learning
  • Creating, performing and appreciating dance
  • Motivating students
  • Diverse and inclusive dance practise
  • Formal and informal education
  • Legal compliance and policies
  • Knowledge of safe and effective dance principles
  • Professional conduct and competence
  • The role of observation in improving dance teaching and learning
  • Reflective practise and action learning approaches
  • Dance teaching in practise
  • Managing challenging behaviour

What makes this course special?

Bridgwater College offers a flexible training programme delivered at weekends and holiday times, totalling 13 delivery days. It includes:

  • Practical workshops, lectures and seminars led by highly experienced trainers and practitioners
  • Individual support and guidance from professional dance staff
  • Being part of a network of dance practitioners
  • Organisation of Trinity College London

Entry Requirements

This course is designed for people with a variety of dance experience and backgrounds.

 You may have completed dance training that is equivalent to degree level that ensures you have appropriate dance knowledge, skills and understanding. However, applicants with other relevant qualifications or no formal dance qualifications, but significant dance experience can apply. Applications from practitioners across a range of dance styles are invited. Minimum age for undertaking the qualification is 18 years but normally you will be over 21 years of age.

What are the assessment methods?

You will be assessed through a series of practical and written tasks which will be completed by the end of the course. You will also be observed delivering a dance class.

How long is the course?

The course is designed to take place over one year although there is flexibility over the timing of the final unit ‘Dance Teaching in Practise’.

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