Professional Award in Adult Dance Practice

The Professional Award in Adult Dance Practice will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to adapt your dance teaching to a broad range of adult learners.

The Continuing Professional Development Award in Adult Dance Practice is a distance learning programme for teachers who want to develop their skills in relation to leading dance classes with and for adult learners. You will explore and engage with educational and pedagogical theories and apply these to your own experiences and teaching of adult dance learners. According to research published by the EU, in 2030 one in four Europeans will be over the age of 65 and within the next ten years there will be more than one billion people worldwide over the age of 60. The programme will equip you with the skills to learn how to identify new opportunities in response to changing demographics and business management initiatives in order to build your current business and develop your practice in working with adults of all ages.


The award is designed to offer you the flexibility of working from home or wherever you are in the world, allowing you to choose when to study. The Professional Award in Adult Dance Practice consists of four 15 credit modules, a total of 600 study hours, delivered by distance learning over two years full time or four years part time. If you do not wish to complete the full award, you can undertake individual modules on a standalone basis.

The modules are delivered via a Moodle virtual learning environment (VLE) so you will need access to a computer with reliable internet. You should be confident in writing and editing documents and creating spreadsheets, be able to send and receive emails, use search engines for research purposes, download files and use online forums. You will receive regular support from a designated tutor, and you will be able to work with other students through online discussion forums.


Year 1

Module 510: Dancing into Adulthood (15 Credits)
Delivery:   21 January – 27 April 2020
Closing date:  13 January 2020

This module encourages you to consider a range of strategies to ensure that adult dance classes provide a safe, engaging and challenging learning environment. It will explore how a range of disciplines can be used to enhance the fitness and well-being of adult learners.

Module 511: Dance for Older Adults (15 Credits)
Delivery:  12 May 2020 – 17 August 2020
Closing date:  4 May 2020

This module explores how dance might enhance the overall fitness and well-being of older adult learners. Drawing on a range of perspectives, such as political, socio-economic, cultural and creative issues, it will also investigate practical concerns and solutions, introducing the principles which underpin effective and safe practice. You will be equipped with the tools that you need to plan and present lesson content that is inclusive, inspiring and challenging.

Year 2

Module 512: Principles of Adult Ballet (15 Credits)
Delivery:  21 January – 27 April 2020
Closing date:  13 January 2020

Units of study will start with general principles of adult learning theory, and progress through application of this theory to dance teaching and more specific applications in relation to ballet (free classes and adapted syllabi). It also looks at what you need to consider when entering adults for exams. Alongside theoretical readings drawn from current publications, study tasks will make use of video extracts and case studies.

Module 513: Business Strategy and Digital Communications (15 Credits)
Delivery:  12 May 2020 – 17 August 2020
Closing dates:   4 May 2020

This module will provide you with the practical tools and resources needed to build a successful dance business. It considers a range of strategies to successfully reach target audiences and you will be guided in developing marketing plans and communications strategies to best position your business in the market.


Subject knowledge is assessed against learning outcomes as specified for each module, through a range of formative and summative assessment modes.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this award.

Language of Delivery

The language of delivery is English. If English is not your first language, please visit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) website. Although the test is not required, it is a good indicator of the standard of English required for the programme. You should achieve a score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.


Successful completion of all four modules leads to the Professional Award in Adult Dance Practice (60 Credits aligned to Level 5).


Fees must be paid by the published closing date:

  • Individual Modules (15 Credits): £570
  • Full Award: £2,285

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