Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS)

RAD Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.


The Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) is a part-time programme, enabling students to study alongside their personal and professional commitments.  It is delivered over two years starting in January and prospective students are expected to study for a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

The programme is studied mainly by distance learning but students are required to attend an Intensive Study Period (ISP) in their first year and need to be prepared to travel to Johannesburg for this 10 day ISP. 

In the second year students gain more teaching experience in a teaching placement.  This practical teaching placement is supported by the student’s selected mentor and a RAD appointed practical teaching supervisor.

Due to the popularity of this programme, enrolments in South Africa will from now on be open every year.


Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement to our Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS) programme is Intermediate (formerly known as Elementary), from the RAD or another recognised dance teaching society.

Applicants without formal classical ballet qualifications (Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1, Advanced 2, Intermediate, or an equivalent examination from a recognised dance teaching society) should provide a video/DVD to support their application. Information relating to Concessionary Entry is contained in the documents below.

Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Concessionary Entry Guidelines
Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies Concessionary Entry Submission Form
Payment Form 


How to Apply
Application is made by sending the completed Faculty of Education application form to your National Director in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Application forms are now available.

Deadlines for applications (Next enrolment - study commencing January 2018)

1 June 2017:  Submission of student applications supported by video or DVD (for applicants without formal qualifications)

1 August 2017:  Submission of student applications supported by documentary evidence (for students with formal qualifications)

Successful completion of the programme leads to the award of Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies and eligibility for registration as a teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance.   Content

Year 1:

CBTS401 Observation for Teaching (15 credits)
Delivery: January to March

In this module students will be introduced to observation skills and techniques which are essential for any teacher. Students will look at how young children move and relate to their surroundings, to other children and to adults. Observation tasks include watching children at play and in a dance class setting. The module prepares the way for practical teaching in Year 2 and introduces some of the professional, ethical and pedagogical requirements for an RAD Teacher.

CBTS402 Health, Safety and Professional Responsibilities (15 credits)
Delivery: March to June

This module covers knowledge and understanding of the requirements of teachers in terms of health, safety and professional responsibilities. Units of work focus on the impact of national legislation and professional codes of conduct on dance teaching in the private sector. Students research government policies looking at issues such as child protection, equal opportunities and disability pertinent to the country in which they are studying. All students study the requirements of the Code of Conduct and Professional Practice for Teachers Registered with the Royal Academy of Dance.

CBTS403 Ballet and Teaching: Knowledge and Understanding (30 credits)
Delivery: June to October
ISP Delivery: Scheduled between August-September by the RAD

Knowledge and understanding of the RAD syllabus and examinations framework is essential to the programme and students begin by gaining a broad overview of the entirety of this work, from Pre-Primary to Solo Seal. Students also engage in in-depth study of key features of the syllabi, including distinctions between Graded and Vocational Graded work and the carefully devised progressions or ‘building blocks’ which provide an essential structure for teaching and learning.
The module includes a single Intensive Study Period (10 days) where students are required to attend practical workshops and discussion groups with RAD Tutors. Priority is given to work from Pre-Primary to Intermediate so that students have sufficient knowledge and skills to begin teaching in Year 2.

Year 2:

CBTS404 Practical Teaching (45 credits)
Delivery: between January to October

The primary aim of the CBTS programme is to equip students to begin teaching and in this module, students will undertake practical teaching supported by an RAD appointed Mentor. The module begins with observation of teaching, working as a teaching assistant and teaching parts of a class until students are sufficiently prepared to teach a whole class. Students are required to undertake a minimum of 45 hours of teaching and are provided with additional tutoring and support from a Practical Teaching Supervisor.

During this placement you will be supported by your mentor and a PTS.

Student participation in the teaching placement is subject to a satisfactory police check.

CBTS405 Professional Portfolio (15 credits)
Delivery: between January and October

In this module students demonstrate that they have met all of the criteria for teacher registration with the RAD. The portfolio is an electronic document which contains the evidence that these criteria are met in the form of written tasks, certificates of attendance, Mentor and Practical Teaching Supervisor Reports, and other evidence from modules CBTS401-404. Students receive tutorial support throughout the duration of the module from the Module Tutor.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Applicants who are offered a place may apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (AP(E)L), including experiential learning, against one or more modules. Please note that application for AP(E)L is a separate process which can only take place after an offer has been made and accepted. All applications for AP(E)L will be processed centrally by the Faculty of Education Registry in London. AP(E)L is a lengthy, time-consuming process for which a fee will be charged. For more information please click here.


Documents for download
CBTS Information Booklet
Frequently Asked Questions
Application Pack
Every care has been taken to ensure the provided information is accurate at the time of publication. 
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) reserves the right to change any aspect of the content as and when necessary.