Royal Academy of Dance
Dance (W5X1)

PGCE with QTS full time

Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It’s also recognised internationally.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Date you can apply from
9 October 2018
Date course starts
September 2019

Financial support

You may be eligible for a loan while you study.

Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

About the training provider

The RAD is a specialist dance education provider with over 90 years experience in inspiring, cultivating and supporting dance teachers around the world. The Royal Academy of RAD has been judged as an ‘outstanding’ provider of initial teacher education following their most recent Ofsted inspection (2018).

This programme combines postgraduate studies with initial teacher training to give you a comprehensive preparation for dance teaching. You will be introduced to the standards and requirements for government-recognised Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and work to fulfil these standards through the duration of your studies. You will be supported by experienced school-based and RAD tutors who will provide valuable and regular feedback on your progress.

The programme comprises 13 weeks of full-time study on-site (in three blocks) at the RAD in London, and 24 weeks (120 days) in two distinct professional placements within schools or colleges covering the 11–19 age-range.

Modules taught at the RAD are delivered through practical workshops, lectures, seminars as well as group and individual tutorials. During your placements you will work alongside school-based tutors who are dance specialists. You will develop your knowledge and skills through a combination of observation, teaching, and discussion with your tutors who will provide support on planning, teaching and self-reflection. Alongside the two contrasting teaching placements you will also have the opportunity to teach across a variety of educational settings including a specialist performing arts school, primary schools, specialist Special Educational Needs and Disability provision schools and a Pupil Referral Unit.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We welcome applications from students with disabilities (including long term medical conditions, physical impairments, learning disabilities and mental health conditions) who wish to pursue a career in the dance teaching profession. For on-site programmes, we encourage you to visit us before applying, to view classes and facilities and discuss any support

or adjustments that may be required. The earlier you can let us know about your disability the better, so that we can work with you to implement a Personal Learning Support Plan.

Contact details

020 7326 8000
Faculty of Education
36 Battersea Square
SW11 3RA


Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.

Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.

When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:

  • Training provider code: R55
  • Training programme code: W5X1

Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Name Address Code
Main Site Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA -

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