The bbodance Level 5 Diploma in Dance Teaching builds on the fundamentals of dance teaching acquired during the Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching or through alternative study and experience, to develop and enhance skills in planning and applying a range of dance teaching principles, techniques and strategies in practice, suitable for your dance teaching context.

This course enables you to become a qualified dance teacher.

Level 5 is ideal if you have completed Level 4 and are capable of teaching an entire dance class by yourself on a regular basis, if you are employed as a dance teacher wishing to gain a dance teaching qualification, or if you are a professional dancer wishing to qualify as a dance teacher.

Learn more about Level 5 from one of our graduates!


Course Content

The course is delivered over 6 months and 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

This course requires students to organise, plan and deliver a minimum of 30 dance classes for Module 5.5 and 6 hours of dance teaching for Module 5.4.

Download the Level 5 Specification 


Course Delivery and Dates

The course is delivered through a blended approach of online lectures and seminars, studio-based practical workshops and independent study, plus individual and group tutorials and feedback on formative and summative assessment work.

  • Upcoming Course: July 2023 to January 2024
  • Welcome Webinar: 2nd July 2023
  • Course Start: 9th July 2023
  • Online Delivery: Webinars are scheduled on selected weekend days from July to January
  • Studio-based Delivery: One full day onsite (alternative learning provided for students based outside of the UK)



Entry Requirements

  • Level 4 teaching qualification from any recognised awarding organisation (or equivalent professional dance teaching experience)
  • GCSE (or equivalent) in English (C/4)
  • Level 3 Dance Qualification, such as Intermediate or Grade 6 in Dance in any genre (or equivalent), A-Level Dance or a BTEC National
  • Applicants who have had a career as a professional dancer may be eligible for exemption from Level 4
  • Recommended age: 18+ years old



The course fee is £2,315* and includes free Associate Membership with bbodance. 

Applicants who have had a career as a professional dancer may be eligible for our Professional Dancer Discount and exemption from Level 4. 

Applicants may also be able to apply for a Retraining Grant from Dancers’ Career Development.


*Fees are reviewed annually and any increases are applied to courses starting on or after 1st September in each academic year.



Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

 If you've already completed dance or dance education studies at Level 5 or above or have equivalent professional experience, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Please access the Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, Procedure and Application Form here for more information.


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 by 11th June by clicking on the apply button below:



Find out more about our Application Process!

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

Ofqual course code: 601/7204/6