As an ISTD Approved Dance Centre (ADC) The Weston School of Dance & Performing Arts is authorised to offer training for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing teaching qualifications. The Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI) and the Diploma in Dance Education (DDE), both accredited by Ofqual, are delivered in modular units, as follows:
Diploma in Dance Instruction (DDI)
- Unit 1 Observation and Understanding of Teaching and Learning Techniques
- Unit 2 Promotion of Health and Safety in Dance
- Unit 3 Vocational Graded Examination in Dance (in the relevant genre): Intermediate
- Unit 4 Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Dance Genre
Units 1 and 2 are generic and need to be studied only once, regardless of the number of genres in which the qualification is sought. Units 3 and 4 are genre specific and must be taken in each genre. To register for the DDI students must have reached the age of 17 years and be studying at Intermediate level or above in the relevant genre.
Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)
- Unit 1 Planning Techniques and Evaluation of Dance Training
- Unit 2 Dance Teaching Practice
- Unit 3 Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance
- Unit 4 Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Genre
- Unit 5 Contextual Study of Dance
Units 1, 2, 3 and 5 are generic and need to be studied only once, regardless of the number of genres in which the qualification is sought. Unit 4 is genre specific and must be taken in each genre. To register for the DDE students must have attained either the DDI or hold Associate Diploma in the relevant genre. Gaining the DDE allows teachers to become full members of the ISTD.
Units 1, 3 and 4 of the DDI, and Units 1, 2 and 4 of the DDE are offered in-house. Times of classes will be discussed with the student in an effort to fit in with already busy schedules. Unit 2 of the DDI, and Units 3 and 5 of the DDE are studied via our distance learning tutor, Ruth Davies:
Both the DDI and DDE are regulated by the Regulatory Bodies in England and Wales and are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level and 3 and 4 respectively. They are awarded 68 and 92 QCF credits accordingly which means that, as well as standing alone as respected dance teaching qualifications that giving the opportunity to teach across a wide variety of dance genres, they can contribute towards other higher level qualifications.