Ballet Sixth Form

Moorland School Sixth Form

Entry onto the Course is by audition only and places are awarded to students whom the school believe can fulfil their ambition.

The professional ballet Course is a three-year training programme designed to nurture and fully develop students’ potential in classical ballet, providing an environment in which a high level of challenge is matched with a high level of support preparing for a professional career.

The unique curriculum is largely classically based:

  • Ballet Class
  • Solos
  • Repertoire
  • Virtuosity
  • Coaching

Supported by:

  • Contemporary
  • Choreography
  • Spanish Dance
  • Pilates Mat Work
  • Reformer

Manageable sized classes enable the staff to focus on each individual student, providing understanding and continuity within a unique study programme.

Students experience a range of public performance opportunities and benefit from expert tutors and workshops taught by people who have been, or still are, working professionally in their specialist area.

The course is bespoke to individual students and comprises of up to thirty hours of class time, tutorials and rehearsal times with additional private practice. Students are also able to achieve ‘A Levels’ and dance teaching qualifications.

A Level information can be found on the Moorland School website under the Sixth Form and A Level curriculum.

Teaching Qualifications

ISTD Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI)

This qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge required to teach dance in a safe environment. It consists of four mandatory units. Two units are generic and cover teaching skills with a focus on teaching observation and safe dance practice. The other two units are dance genre specific and focus on technical, performance based and musical knowledge required at this level both through personal performance and that of pupils of various levels.

During the course learners study about observation techniques and how these may lead to greater understanding of teaching methods and skills: this serves as a basis for the development of practical teaching skills at Level 4 (Diploma in Dance Education).

The DDI is primarily aimed at learners who wish to prepare for the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE) to become accredited dance teachers. The DDI has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 3 on the QCF, which is roughly equivalent to ‘A’ level standard.

The qualification has a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) credit value of 68 and its Qualification Accreditation Number is 501/1002/0.

ISTD Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

This qualification develops the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance especially focussing on a knowledge of pedagogy, including other units essential for an appreciation of teaching dance to children and adults. It consists of five mandatory units. Two units relate to generic teaching skills; one to child and adult physical and cognitive development; one to dance practice with a relationship to music, focussing on the dance knowledge required of pupils up to the beginning of vocational levels; and a final contextual unit on a topic related to dance. It develops the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance, primarily in the context of graded dance examinations within the private sector.

The observation techniques learnt in the Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI), long with the learner’s increased knowledge of safe dance practice and strong grounding in the performance and teaching of the chosen genre lead to a greater understanding of teaching methods, both generic and dance genre specific. This understanding should become increasingly evident throughout the learner’s course of study at DDE level.

The DDE is primarily aimed at learners who have gained knowledge of the fundamental principles of dance teaching through the DDI and who wish to become fully qualified and accredited ISTD dance teachers. Successful learners are able to teach and enter students for all ISTD examinations except the accredited teaching qualifications. The DDE has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 4 on the QCF, which is roughly equivalent to the level attained at first year degree level.

The qualification has a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) credit value of 92 and its Qualification Accreditation Number is 501/0750/1.