Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education

Tiffany Theatre College is an approved dance centre with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Therefore we are able to provide the opportunity to obtain the following qualification; Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education (DDE).

The ISTD’s Level 4 DDE is an achievable and streamlined teaching qualification, which provides student teachers with a clear progression pathway to becoming an ISTD qualified teacher (either Licentiate or Level 6 Diploma in Dance Pedagogy), and an overall excellent introduction to a career in teaching dance.


The contextual nature of the assessment will ensure that student teachers develop the practical skills and knowledge required to enter the teaching profession and to develop a sustainable career. In studying the DDE, candidates cover a breadth of material, leaving them fully qualified within their chosen dance genre.

Our unique partnership with The Company Performing Arts allows student teachers access to observe, assist and undertake practical teaching elements of the qualification.

The Level 4 Diploma in Dance Education is available to external students who only wish to study for this qualification. 

Genres of study

We currently offer the DDE qualification in both Modern Theatre and Tap Dance genres, tutored by Aaron Lissimore FISTD & Jessica Morgan-Beale FISTD.


Qualification Structure

The DDE consists of 5 units (120 credits in total), which can be taken individually, although they all link to one another ensuring a depth of knowledge which prepares the student teachers thoroughly for the studio and the start of their teaching journey.

Unit 1: Preparing for Safe Teaching (15 credits at Level 3)

Unit 2: Observing, Assisting and Teaching Practice (30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 3: Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate (28 credits at Level 3)

Unit 4: Dance Practice (30 credits at Level 4)

Unit 5: Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development (17 credits at Level 4)