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Foundation Degree in Dance Teaching in the Private Sector

In partnership with Chichester College

In partnership with Chichester College

2 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)
  • Broaden your dance knowledge
  • Highly qualified teaching team
  • Develop your practical skills
  • Internationally recognised qualification
Students in a dance lesson

The Course

Our innovative two-year Level 5 Foundation Degree programme is offered in partnership with Chichester College. 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.

For a full list of modules, please visit the UCAS website.

Teaching and Assessment

Receive the support of our experienced and practicing teaching staff


As a Chichester College student, you will have access to all their services, which includes study support, the Students’ Union, nurseries and our library’s online resources.

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 be taught by experienced, professional, and practising dance specialists who will share their expertise with you to nurture your talent and extend your creativity.

You will experience a variety of dance techniques including ISTD Intermediate and Advanced level Imperial Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap and a range of exciting contemporary dance classes.


All students will be internally assessed through a combination of course work and practical work. ISTD Dance Practice and Teaching Practice are assessed by ISTD examiners/moderators.


Open up your future career options

Successful completion of this course will enable you to apply for full membership of the ISTD and embark on a career as a fully qualified dance teacher in the independent sector.

You may choose to continue your higher education studies by progressing onto the 3rd year of one of the University of Chichester’s BA (Hons) Dance programmes, which will afford you the opportunity to move on to post graduate studies such as PGCE or Masters degree.

You could become a:

  • ISTD dance teacher
  • The owner of an independent dance school
  • Choreographer
  • Community dance practitioner
  • Dance teacher in the public sector
  • Dance company education officer
  • Dance movement psychotherapist (with postgraduate study)
  • Dance or arts administrator
  • Dance journalist or critic
  • Independent dance artist (performer, choreographer)
  • Stage manager

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
(inclusive of the £860 ISTD DDE exam entry fee)

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page or the Chichester College website. 

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

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


Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

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What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

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