The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments which is designed to motivate and encourage students of all ages and levels of ability, through a systematic measurement of progress and attainment. Examinations are organised and administered by the RAD Examinations Board.
Students may start with the Pre-School Dance Curriculum, move up through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded levels or six Vocational Graded levels. Students may move from the Graded pathway to the Vocational Graded pathway at an appropriate time; or they may study both pathways simultaneously.
These qualifications are accredited by the QCA and are recognized globally. Candidates who have achieve a Pass or higher in a Level 3 qualification (Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation) can use their examination result towards their points tariff when applying to University or a Higher Education institution in the UK.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations boards.
The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, either as a performer or dance teacher, and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.
The teaching qualifications are structured to give the new teacher the best possible foundation from which to work, with a particular emphasis on safe dance practice and the needs of the growing child.
Grade Examinations may be taken in Classical Ballet (Cecchetti and Imperial methods), Modern Theatre, Tap, National Dance, Classical Greek. Grades 1-6 are accredited by Ofqual, but some Faculties have additional Grades prior to Grade 1, that is, Pre-Primary and Primary.
The International Dance Teachers’ Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries. The Association celebrated its centenary in 2003.
In October 2006 the International Dance Teachers' Association (IDTA) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) announced that the two organisations would embark on a process of working together to the mutual benefit of their members in both teacher education and training and examinations. The RAD and the IDTA formally grant teachers of the respective organisation the opportunity to enter candidates for its examinations, thereby ensuring that both organisations recognise the right of qualified teachers to enter candidates for the examinations of either awarding body.