Our distance learners are a growing community of dedicated students, many of them working professionals, with diverse experiences and interests.
Studying from home
Studying from home means that:
- you can study and work part-time wherever you are
- you can plan your studies around your other commitments
- you can focus your studies to reflect your own cultural surroundings, using examples of dance performance and teaching in your own country
- you will receive personal support from your tutors by post, telephone, email and in some cases face-to-face, and
- you will have access to our website, allowing you to communicate with your fellow students throughout the world.
distance learning Programmes
Our distance learning programmes are about increasing access to education, providing a flexible learning experience which is supportive and personalised. Listed below are the programmes we offer and an insight into the BA (Hons) Dance Education programme, introduced by Michelle Groves, Director of Education & Training.
- Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching)
- Professional Dancers' Postgraduate Teaching Certificate
- Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies
- Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies
Established dance teachers, as well as those new to the profession, regularly seek out ways to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their teaching and support their professional development. One way of achieving these aspirations is to study for an internationally recognised qualification such as the BA (Hons) in Dance Education. Since 2001, when the programme was first offered by the Faculty of Education, over 300 students from across the world have successfully graduated with a certificate, diploma or degree qualification. Many have gone on to postgraduate study, while others have realised new business opportunities or gained recognition as educators, making a mark on the profession.
Having time to fit in study is always a challenge, and is a reason often quoted by dance teachers for not committing to a programme. The BA in Dance Education, which is studied through distance learning, has been designed specifically with a busy dance teacher in mind, offering the flexibility to study at your own pace, in your country of residence, and around your personal and professional commitments. You can study full or part-time, with the option to change your mode of study as circumstances dictate. Students have access to comprehensive online study materials through a virtual learning platform, which also allows for collaborative learning and peer support from fellow students. Studying via distance learning no longer means studying in isolation and you will be supported every step of the way through one to- one study support and guidance provided by highly experienced tutors who are actively engaged in the fields of dance and education. Tutors recognise that students will be at different stages of learning, requiring personalised support, a feature of the programme which has been consistently praised by external examiners.
Through a range of compulsory and optional modules, students can tailor studies to meet specific interests. Students wishing to pursue areas such as dance science, dance history, music for dance or growing a dance business can follow a pathway from certificate level all the way to degree level. In addition, depending on professional experience and qualifications, there are opportunities for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This means that you may be exempt from studying certain modules. For example, if you are a graduate of the Diploma in Dance Teaching Studies, you can start at diploma level on the BA in Dance Education programme with 60 credits exempted before moving on to study for the full degree award. If you are a RAD Registered Teacher, by studying the BA in Dance Education you will meet your annual 20 hours CPD requirement for as long as you are studying on the programme.