Diploma in Dance teaching and learning

Trinity College London is withdrawing the Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning from the Regulated Qualifications Framework from 31 August 2022.

The timeline for the withdrawal of the qualification is as follows:

  • 31 August 2019: Final date for new candidates to submit their first unit for assessment
  • 31 August 2022: Final date to submit material for any unit of the qualification

Trinity's 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 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.

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.

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.

Further information

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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