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PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance / MA Dance Education

PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance Programme Specification 2021-22

MA Dance Education Programme Specification 2021-22

Information about our COVID plans for this programme/course for 2021/22 can be found here.


PGcert: 4 months Full-Time, 8 months Part-Time
MA: 1 year Full-Time, 2 years Part-Time

These Distance Learning courses are designed for Dance Teachers, already in practice, to upskill their qualifications or achieve a qualification in Teaching Professional Theatre Dance with a focus on the conservatoire, professional or higher education contexts.

Carefully created as distance-learning courses, you can access your learning from anywhere in the world at any time of day to fit in with the often-unpredictable life of a professional dance artist. This means that you can tailor your courses to your other professional or personal commitments. The courses can also be taken full or part-time to aid this flexibility.

The PGCert stage, which can be taken as a stand-alone qualification (4 months Full-Time, 8 months Part-Time), develops your understanding of professional dance pedagogy and theories of learning, how these ideas apply to practice, dance science for teaching, continued professional development best practice and how all of these ideas apply to your own teaching practice using opportunities to transfer the learning you are doing on the course directly into your everyday professional life.

The MA stage of study, which follows the PGCert stage of study (1 Year Full-Time, 2 years Part-Time *including the PGCert stage) develops your professional practice through philosophical understanding of issues relating to the dance education field and research into personal professional practice and beyond. You will be able to extend your dance teaching practice and situate your own knowledge within the broader landscape of dance education and research.

As a student on either stage of the course, you will be able to use your own dance teaching practice as a playground to test out new ideas you are learning about to find ways to improve and enhance your skills and/or freshen up your approach underpinned by the most recent and relevant best practice in the industry.

Intakes for this programme are in October, February and June each Academic year.

Validated by the University for the Creative Arts.

The course enables participants to:

  • Develop critical understanding of educational and pedagogical theories, including reflective practice, applicable to professional-level dance teaching in professional, conservatoire and/or higher education contexts
  • Engage critically with new and innovative developments in dance education, learning, teaching and assessment
  • Deepen subject knowledge within a clearly defined context informed by research at the forefront of the discipline
  • Develop a critical understanding of research in learning and teaching and its application to dance training and education
  • Extend and refine communication skills through discussions, presentations and writing
  • Acquire practical skills, knowledge and understanding to become effective teachers of dance

In line with UCA’s admissions policy, the Entry Criteria and requirements are as follows:

  • A good Honours degree or equivalent qualification in dance, dance education or a related discipline and/or relevant work experience, demonstrating an ability to study at postgraduate level.
  • Access to a relevant weekly teaching practice either through employment or volunteering. Proof of this access is required.
  • Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • Other relevant and equivalent UK, European and International qualifications will be considered.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English: Average IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with a minimum achievement of 5.5 for all components, is required.

Applicants who have non-standard qualifications (or who wish work or life experience to be taken into account as part of their application) will be considered on an individual basis, in line with the general aims and principles of the Admissions Policy and within the terms of the Accreditation of Prior Learning policy (APEL).


This course offers continuing professional development and recognition to teachers of dance who wish to develop their existing practice. In the world of dance education, many dance teachers do not have a formal qualification when the demands for such a qualification are ever growing. This course allows teachers to acknowledge their existing teaching practice, while enhancing it through the learning and the application of that learning they will do.


The MA Dance Education is predominantly delivered via distance learning activities, including regular webinars, online learning tasks and video conferencing tutorials. There is also a compulsory intensive, on-site teaching week at the start of the PGCert stage.


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*Additional Course Costs: £200-£400 application fee for FHEA professional recognition with Advance HE.


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Apply here for 2021 entry onto the PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance.

Apply here for 2021 entry onto the MA Dance Education.

Admission onto the programme is by interview.