The bbodance Level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching
builds on the pedagogic knowledge and skills developed during the bbodance Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching or alternative recognised dance teaching qualifications. 

The course guides students to apply teaching and learning strategies to their own practice. The Level focuses on students developing their own studio practice; as part of that, they are required to teach 40 hours of dance.

During the course, students will develop the skills necessary to confidently manage the learning environment in which they practice by studying Curriculum Design and Assessment. In addition, an overview of Dance History and Choreographic Practice will help students contextualise their practice in relation to the wider professional and creative dance industry.

These modules are also designed to ensure that students develop academic skills that are essential for further studies in higher education as part of their personal professional development.

The course lasts for 6 months & consists of 5 modules:

Module 5.1 Curriculum Design
Module 5.2 Assessment for Learning
Module 5.3 Dance History
Module 5.4 Developing Choreographic Practice
Module 5.5 Teaching and Learning in Practice

As part of Level 5, students are required to organise, plan and deliver 40 hours of dance teaching.

The course dates are:

Online course                                              
  • Current Course Delivery: online lectures, seminars and workshops, individual and group tutorials, feedback on formative assessment
    with written feedback
  • Current Course: February to July 2022
  • Training days: 13 Feb, 20 Feb,
    6 Mar, 10 April, 24 Apr, 29 May, 26 Jun.
  • Next Course Start: 11 July 2022
  • Next Welcome Webinar: 09 July 2022


The course currently costs £2,270* and includes free Associate Membership with bbodance. Applicants who have had a career as a professional performing dancer may be eligible for our Professional Dancer Discount, which may include exemption from Level 4. Applicants may also be able to apply for a Retraining Grant from Dancers’ Career Development or other external funding. If you'd like to pursue Level 6 with us as well, you may receive additional discounts. See the full financial information.

*Fees are reviewed annually and any increases are applied to courses starting on or after September in each academic year.


If you've already taken dance courses with other organisations or have professional dance experience, please access the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, Procedure and Application Form here


Career prospects

Upon successful completion of Level 5 and 18 hours of CPD, graduates are awarded Registered Teacher membership with bbodance. This allows them to teach bbodance Syllabi and enter their students for bbodance Examinations – that is, to run their own qualified teaching practice as part of the bbodance network. Level 5 graduates can also progress to the Level 6 Diploma in Dance Teaching, after which they may undertake professional formation to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status. 

If you think Level 5 is right for you, apply below by 27 June 2022:


For any questions, please e-mail our friendly team.

Download the Level 5 Specification
Download the Student Handbook: Polices, Regulations and Appendices 2022-2023

Ofqual course code: 601/7204/6