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 and allows the opportunity to engage with up-to-date research in best practice related to dance teaching and learning.
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.
The course is made up of the following units each carefully tailored to prepare 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).
With a highly selective admissions and audition process. Students on the course are surrounded by peers who share the same dreams and ambitions. Pairing this with caring and nurturing directors is a perfect recipe for students to thrive and grow together.
Operating directly within a private secondary school with boarding facilities allows our students to not only maximise their training and studio time, but also to ensure they remained focused on their traditional studies.
Focused on academic excellence, our students not only thrive in a curriculum filled with dance but are also educated within a facility that encourages growth and success. All our ballet students take advantage of a full education curriculum within the specialised Moorland Private School campus.
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.