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PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance / MA Dance Education


The PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance / MA Dance Education course offers an in-depth study of current developments and best practice in dance education and professional training across a diverse range of genres, styles and contexts.

The PGCert stage, which can be taken as a stand-alone qualification (PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance), offers specialist professional development for teachers of dance in the professional, conservatoire and dance higher education sector. It supports professional performers who are seeking to transition into a teaching career in these sectors. It develops participants’ understanding of professional dance pedagogy and theories of learning as relevant to conservatoire training and higher education. Pedagogical insights are applied in practice, through critical reflection on teaching practice. Areas of study include:

  • Pedagogies and theories of learning
  • Healthy dance practice, based on dance science and psychology

The later PGDip and MA stages develop innovative insights relevant to the needs of the dance education field through research. There is a focus on understanding approaches to dance education in a range of global and interdisciplinary contexts. Candidates carry out independent research, shaped by relevant research methodologies and disseminated through impactful and practice-based outputs. Areas of study include:

  • Global and interdisciplinary dance education contexts
  • Research methodologies
  • Independent research project

The programme is subject to approval by the University of Bedfordshire.

Key features:

  • Disseminates best practice in dance education and training in diverse genres and contexts
  • Challenges preconceived ideas and approaches through independent research
  • Delivered through an intensive, on-site teaching week and regular online distance learning activities

Entry requirements:

Admission onto the course is by interview. There are two possible ways of fulfilling the entry requirements:

  • The general entrance requirement for postgraduate study is a relevant UK Honours degree classified at 2:2 or above, usually in dance or a related field. Overseas qualifications equivalent to a UK Honours degree classified at a lower second class or above will be considered.
  • Applicants who do not otherwise satisfy the general entrance requirement or who have had a significant break in their pre-university studies are eligible for admission if they can provide satisfactory evidence of their ability to pursue successfully the course of study for which they are applying. Applicants are invited to submit a portfolio of professional activities and personal reflections on their prior professional practice, to be used as evidence of their suitability for postgraduate study.
  • Applicants who can demonstrate they have acquired substantial specialist subject knowledge through a professional performance career to underpin their teaching practice.

Students on this course should have access to a current dance teaching practice in the professional, conservatoire or higher education sector.

Applicants will normally be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A specific commitment to the course with an understanding of relevant issues and ways of working
  • An appropriate level of skills in teaching
  • An advanced level of practical knowledge in dance
  • The ability to collaborate with others
  • Good communication skills, written and verbal
  • A capacity to work at postgraduate level, e.g. engage with complex matters in the field; demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge
  • Potential to complete and contribute positively to the degree course

When it is impossible for applicants to attend an interview, they may be interviewed by video conferencing.

IELTS score: IELTS overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each element. International applications will be assessed using UKVI AND University of Bedfordshire policy, check English language requirements at:

Career opportunities:

This course offers continuing professional development and recognition to teachers of dance who wish to develop their practice. A commitment to the continuing enhancement of teaching practice and other wider professional values is nurtured throughout. The applied, practice-based and industry-focused nature of the course means that the learning opportunities are directly relevant to teaching practice.

Did you know?

The PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance stage of the course is aligned with Descriptor 2 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for higher education. Coursework will include an account of professional practice, which forms part of the individual application for professional recognition as FHEA Fellow through Advance HE. Other components of the course may be accredited by relevant industry bodies.


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.

PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance: 4 months full-time, 8 months part-time
MA Dance Education (including PGCert stage): 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time


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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 2020 entry onto the PGCert Teaching Professional Theatre Dance.

Apply here for 2020 entry onto the MA Dance Education.

Admission onto the programme is by interview.