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Dance Teaching in the Private Sector Foundation Degree


Do you want to study dance at degree level whilst also gaining an internationally recognised dance teaching qualification? Our innovative two-year Level 5 Foundation Degree programme is offered in partnership with the University of Chichester. It is built on Chichester College’;s reputation for delivering high quality ISTD dance teacher training and the dance department at the University of Chichester’;s long-standing reputation for its breadth of study. This Foundation Degree is designed to truly prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in the dance sector either as a performer, choreographer or community dance practitioner or a dance teacher within the independent sector. Drawing on the expertise of a highly qualified teaching team, you will be taught in a nurturing environment enabling you to broaden your dance knowledge, develop your practical skills in technique, performance and choreography and achieve an Undergraduate Level 5 Diploma and the internationally recognised ISTD Diploma in Dance Education.

As a Chichester College student, you will have access to all their services, which include study support, the Students’ Union, nurseries and our library’s online resource. The Foundation Degree Dance Teaching in the Private Sector comprises 13 modules: Year 1:

  • Preparing for Safe Teaching Practice (ISTD DDE Unit 1)
  • Child Development (ISTD DDE Unit 5)
  • Genre Specific Dance Practice 1 (ISTD Unit 4 – offered in ISTD Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap)
  • Dance Techniques 1
  • Choreography and Devising
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Re-examining Dances

Year 2:

  • Assisting, Observing and Teaching Practice (DDE Unit 2)
  • Genre Specific Dance Practice 2 (ISTD Unit 4 -; offered in ISTD Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap)
  • Dance Techniques 2
  • Dance Practice and Production 1
  • Dance Practice and Production 2
  • Themes, Trends and Discourse in Performance OR Research Methodologies

Special features of this programme include:

  • Delivery at both the Chichester College campus and the University of Chichester’;s Bishop Otter campus, where you will work alongside the BA (Hons) Dance, Dance Performance, Dance Education and Teaching, Dance Aerial and Physical Theatre and BSc (hons) Dance Science students
  • Small group sizes to ensure you get the support you need to succeed
  • Options to select areas of study that relate directly to your career aspirations
  • Full access to all University facilities including studios, library, student union, sports facilities, halls of residence and regular performances by visiting dance companies at the University Showrooms
  • Opportunity to progress to the University of Chichester’;s 3rd year honours degree dance programme


You will need to be aged 18 and over and have studied dance to Intermediate level and wish to work in the performing arts industry as a dancer, choreographer or community dance practitioner and/or a dance teacher within the independent sector.

You will need:

  • ISTD Intermediate in the genres to be studied for DDE (or recognised equivalency including professional practice)
  • A combination of GCE A levels, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diplomas (or equivalent qualifications) totalling 104-120 UCAS tariff points
  • GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade 4 or above


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