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Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning

The new Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL) meets the needs of teachers working in any dance style, across a wide range of contexts and with students of any age.

DDTAL is a nationally recognised Level 6 Diploma – similar in level to the third year of a degree – and has been designed to appeal to teachers working in a wide range of contexts, including schools, hospitals, care homes, and community centres.  Originally created as a result of a collaboration between Trinity College London and the Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) it provides evidence and validity of dance teaching skills and is recognised as a route to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status.

Vanessa Oxspring, associate director of People Dancing, part of the original Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP) said, ‘…the DDTAL qualification is vocationally relevant and meets the needs of people working across a broad range of sectors...  It offers a clear progression route that gives teachers space to put theory in to practice.’

The qualification can be used as a route towards further study, employment or self-employment opportunities, such as:

  • employment or self-employment with dance agencies, clubs, schools, further education colleges or the dance, community or participatory arts sectors
  • postgraduate degrees or diplomas in dance education or dance teaching offered by conservatoires or higher education institutions

The diploma can be taken with the help and support of a number of course providers located in dance and educational institutions around the country.  It takes approximately 1,048 hours to complete the diploma, including independent study and learning undertaken with the support of a course provider.

Each course provider designs their own course and course fees vary. You should enquire directly from your intended course provider about their fees. Assessment fees pertaining to the qualification can be found on here.

The new version of the specification, including guidelines and regulations is available to download here. The assessment mechanisms more vocationally relevant and suitable for dance practitioners working in a wide range of teaching contexts.

The previous version of the diploma is available here.   The last date for entries for this version is 30th June 2017.  

Based on the National Occupational Standards for Dance Leadership, the areas covered by the DDTAL qualification include safe practice, behavioural management, planning, diversity and differentiation, teaching and learning skills and strategies, legal compliance, and policies affecting practice.

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions for Course Providers and Candidates


Dance Training and Accreditation Partnership (DTAP)

DTAP was a major dance sector-led strategic initiative in the UK. It brought together a consortium of leading national dance development organisations committed to building capacity and removing barriers to participation in dance, by people of all ages and abilities. DTAP worked to raise standards in the UK by co-creating the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (DDTAL), developing a set of nationally recognised professional standards in dance leadership (NOS), and undertaking research into a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework for practitioners working in participatory dance. 


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