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DDE TRAINING

Level 4 Qualification -ISTD Level 4 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDE)

The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) Qualification Accreditation Number is 603/3094/6

The qualification is regulated at Level 4 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework and has a credit value of 120.

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 becoming 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 practices 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.

Overview

The framework of the assessment ensures that student teachers develop the practical skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession, as well as 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)

Requirements

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. 

Training

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.

 

 

FOUNDATION DEGREE DANCE TEACHING IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR

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  • OVERVIEW

  • Course code:

  • CPER002D

  • Subject area:

  • Dance, Higher Education, Performing Arts

  • Attendance:

  • Part Time

  • Qualification:

  • ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (QCF)

  • Duration:

  • 2 Years

  • Venue:

  • Chichester

  • Course code:

    CPER029F

  • Subject area:

    Dance, Performing Arts

  • Attendance:

    Full Time

  • Qualification:

    BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Venue:

    Chichester

  • Course code:

  • CPER010F

  • Subject area:

  • Dance, Performing Arts

  • Attendance:

  • Full Time

  • Qualification:

  • UAL Diploma in Performing Arts and Production Arts (Dance) Level 2

  • Duration:

  • 1 Year

  • Venue:

  • Chichester

LICENTIATE & FELLOWSHIP

ISTD Licentiate.

This qualification further builds on the skills learnt in the DDE training and tests the dance teacher further in the syllabus and teaching skill. 

 

Entry requirements 

The candidate must be 23 or above and hold the DDE, CDE or Associate Diploma in the relevant genre. They must also have passed their Advanced 1 exam and is recommended to have at least five years of teaching experience. 

 

What can happen next? 

Once you have this qualification you can apply for a full ISTD membership which would allow you to to enter candidates for any ISTD examinations. You can also apply to be an approved tutor for the DDI/DDE and apply for further qualifications such as the Fellowship, Pedagogy, BA and MA. 

ISTD Fellowship. 

This is the highest teaching qualification offered by the ISTD, which further builds on the skills and experience learnt from the Licentiate. 

 

Entry requirements 

You must be 28 or above, hold the Licentiate qualification and Advanced 2 in the relevant genre. The candidate must also have completed eight years teaching 

 

What can happen next? 

This qualification allows you to train as an examiner for the relevant genre and go onto studying the advanced qualifications listed above. 

PEDAGOGY COURSE

The Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy (DDP) is a dance teaching qualification regulated by Ofqual at Level 6 of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

 

Entry requirements

There are two main routes to gain entry to the programme. Please see below. 

 

What does the qualification contain?

Unit 1: Planning and Evaluating Programmes of Learning

Unit 2: The Practice of Dance Teaching and Learning in a Chosen Genre (Genre specific)

Unit 3: Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Advanced 1 (Genre specific)

Unit 4: Principles and Practice of Dance and Choreography in a Chosen Genre (Genre specific)

Unit 5: Health and Safety in Dance

Unit 6: Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

Unit 7: Reflective Practice and Continuing Personal and Professional Development

 

 

1. Experienced teacher route

 

The following is required:

* experience of regular dance teaching over three years (this is approximately 1,800 hours in total based on an average of 20 hours per week over 30 weeks per year);

 

* the Intermediate examination in the relevant genre (only Intermediate examinations from the ISTD, or other recognised dance awarding bodies (BBO - British Ballet Organization, BTDA - British Theatre Dance Association, RAD - Royal Academy of Dance or the IDTA - International Dance Teachers Association since January 2013) will be accepted.

 

* and hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education in the relevant genre, or

  • Certificate in Dance Education in the relevant genre, or

  • Associate Diploma in the relevant genre, or

  • A recognised dance teaching qualification of the same level or higher with another awarding body in the relevant genre

2. Professional dancer route

 

The following is required:

the minimum age for entry to the programme of study is 18. Have a highly developed level of technique in the relevant genre and have at least five years regular employment as a professional dancer. Experience in coaching or teaching classes is also beneficial and a teaching placement would be required for the course.

 

You should also hold the Intermediate examination in the relevant genre (from the ISTD, BBO, BTDA, IDTA (since January 2013) or RAD). If you don't meet this requirement prior to entry onto the programme, your knowledge will be assessed by the selection panel and the relevant Faculty by means of a DVD. A broad understanding of the ISTD syllabi in the relevant genre is also desirable.

 

To fulfil the work-based nature of this Course, where much of the learning and assessment depends on evidence drawn from practical teaching, you will be required to undertake 100 hours of teaching practice. You will need to have, therefore, a suitable work placement before the start of your programme of study.

 

• If you don't meet the requirements of either route listed above, you will have your application assessed on an individual basis to ascertain your suitability for the programme.

 

 

What can happen next?

  • Access to teaching positions in the Further Education and state-maintained sector - Provided you meet the Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy skill requirements, you can apply for Professional Formation with the IfL leading to the award of Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills (QTLS). QTLS will enable you to access teaching positions in the Further Education and state-maintained sector.

  • You can apply for Licentiate membership of the ISTD in your chosen genre. After becoming a member, you will be eligible to enter candidates for any ISTD examinations. This will enable you to use the abbreviation 'LISTD' after your name.

  • As this qualification is equivalent to a Licentiate, you can progress onto the Fellowship qualification in your chosen genre, which is the highest teaching qualification offered by the ISTD.

  • You can apply for the BA in Professional Practice programme offered in conjunction with Middlesex University.

  • You can apply for the MA in Professional Practice: Dance Technique Pedagogy programme offered in conjunction with Middlesex University.

  • You can consider becoming an Approved Tutor and teach learners on the ISTD's initial teacher training qualifications (DDI and DDE).

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