Our innovative two-year 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 the internationally recognised ISTD Diploma in Dance Education.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of our experienced and practicing teaching staff
As a student of Chichester College, 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 and 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
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.
Alternatively, you may choose to continue your higher education studies by progressing onto the 3rd year of the University of Chichester’s BA Dance programme.
You could become a:
- Community dance practitioner
- 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
- Teacher in primary, secondary, further and higher education (with postgraduate study)
- Postgraduate student and researcher
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?
Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.
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?
Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.