Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) & Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)
- Who is this course suitable for?
The teacher training course is suitable for students wanting to become professional, fully qualified teachers with the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing). We offer this course in Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap Dance.
- What are the qualifications that are offered?
DDI is a Level 3 Diploma that has a Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) credit value of 68. The DDI is primarily aimed at students who wish to prepare for the DDE to become accredited dance teachers. The DDI has been accredited by Ofqual at Level 3 which is roughly equivalent to A Level standard.
DDE is a Level 4 Diploma that has a QCF credit value of 92. The DDE is aimed at students 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 students are able to teach and enter students for all ISTD examinations except the 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 Diploma provides practical and academic training to students relevant to the subject of study by providing the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for future professional work in their chosen industry.
- Who is the course validated by?
The course is validated by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), who are one of the world's leading dance teacher training and dance examination boards.
Students complete the units and exams when they are ready, depending on how much additional study is done outside of class. On average, it takes approximately one year to complete the DDI qualification and a further year to complete the DDE qualification. Once enrolled on the course students must complete the each Diploma within 5 years to avoid having to potentially retake units.
- What are the course entry requirements?
Entrance to this course is through audition and interview with the Principal. As well as a good general standard of education, we are looking for a degree of potential that can be developed, as well as a real interest in and commitment to teacher training.
Students must be 17 years old in the academic year of registration for the DDI (although Unit 3 can be taken at an earlier age) and students must be 18 years old and hold the DDI qualification in order to complete the DDE. There is no upper age limit and we welcome applications from mature students who have a suitable background as a professional performer or teacher and who need to update or complete their teaching qualifications without going back to full time college.
Previous experience in dance training is encouraged for this course. Students wishing to undertake the DDI qualification must complete their Intermediate level exam in the genre of study as part of their teacher training course and therefore we recommend students to be at Grade 5, 6 or Intermediate standard in Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern. Although not a requirement of entry, the Intermediate qualification accounts for one unit of the DDI qualification and therefore students who have already completed this are likely to complete the course in a shorter amount of time. Students accepted onto the course who have not achieved their Intermediate level qualifications will be placed in the relevant Intermediate level classes in order to gain this qualification. For those who have completed their Intermediate exam with an alternative leading exam board (i.e, R.A.D), the qualification may be accepted by the ISTD also.