The Level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching builds on the pedagogic knowledge and skills developed during the bbodance Level 4 course by guiding students to apply teaching and learning strategies in their own teaching practice.

Students will develop the skills necessary to confidently manage the learning environment in which they practice by studying curriculum design, assessment, and quality assurance. In addition, our 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.

The course lasts for 7 months & consists of 5 modules:

Module 5.1 Curriculum Design
Module 5.2 Assessment and Quality Assurance
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:

For students who prefer to attend on-site, at our London headquarters
  • 25 & 26 January 2020
  • 21 & 22 March 2020 
  • April 2020 (classes take place at Dance Days, Elmhurst School for Dance, Birmingham)
  • 2 & 3 May 2020
For students who prefer to take the course online
  • courses start in January & June 2020
  • courses consist of online lectures, Skype tutorials, formative submissions with written feedback


The course costs £2,200. Applicants who have had a career as a professional performing dancer may be eligible to apply for a Retraining Grant from Dancers’ Career Development. 

The sum is payable by three instalments and includes Associate Membership with bbodance for the entire duration, free access to online syllabus resources, as well as a 90% discount on all Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses we offer. Students are also eligible to apply for Registered Teacher Membership, our highest membership category.

Read more about bbodance Associate and Registered Teacher Memberships, and see a list of current CPD courses.

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:



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

Download the Level 5 Handbook
Download the TQ Handbook of Regulations 2019-20

Ofqual course code: 601/7204/6