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 7 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

In addition, you’re required to independently plan and deliver 40 hours of dance.

The course dates are:

Online course                                              
  • next start date: February 2022
  • the course consists of online lectures, 
    online tutorials, formative submissions
    with written feedback
  • Training weekends (TBC): 13 Feb, 20 Feb,
    10 Apr, 17 Apr, 29 May, 26 Jun.


The course 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.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of Level 5 and 18 hours of syllabus 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 19 January:


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

Download the Level 5 Specification
Download the bbodance Recognition of Prior Learning Policy
Download the Student Handbook: Polices, Regulations and Appendices 2021-22

Ofqual course code: 601/7204/6