Advanced Dance Level 6

Advanced Certificate in Dance Studies Level 6

About The Course

1 Year Full Time Dance Performance Course
QQI Level 6M20595 Dance

The Advanced Certificate in Dance Performance is a one-year dance programme  leading to the level 6 QQI award 6M20595 in Dance.  This course aims to develop students’ choreographic and technical dance skills in preparation for a career in the profession in Ireland and internationally.

Optional follow-on year in Dance Instruction with ISTD Diploma in Dance Education (DDE)

On completion of the Level 6 QQI award in Dance, there is an opportunity for students to do a follow-on year in Dance Instruction. This involves the option to complete the DDE international teaching qualifications in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance and also the option to undertake the QQI component awards in Training Needs Identification & Design and Training Delivery & Evaluation. On successful completion of this follow-on year, students will receive membership of the Irish Board of Dance Performance.

Irish Board of Dance Performance ISTD Approved Dance Centre


Course Coordinators: Melissa Harman and Louise Behan


Advanced Certificate in Dance:

  • QQI Exercise and Fitness
  • QQI Personal and Professional Development
  • QQI Music in a Dance context
  • QQI Work Experience
  • QQI Dance Performance & Production
  • QQI Classical Ballet
  • QQI Contemporary Dance
  • QQI Jazz Dance

Additional Classes offered:

  • Tap
  • RAD Classical Ballet vocational
  • ISTD Modern vocational
  • ISTD Modern, Classical Ballet Graded Syllabi DDE Year 1


Optional Follow-on year: Dance Instruction and DDE completion

  • QQI Level 6 Training Needs Identification & Design
  • QQI Level 6 Training Delivery & Evaluation
  • DDE final completion year

Additional Subjects offered:

  • QQI  Level 6 Classical Ballet
  • QQI Level 6 Jazz Dance
  • QQI Level 6 Contemporary Dance
  • ITEC

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


Advanced Certificate in Dance:

  • QQI in Dance 6M20595
  • RAD Vocational Classical Ballet Exams
  • ISTD Vocational Modern Theatre Dance Exams
  • ISTD DDE year 1

Optional Follow-on year: QQI Level 6 modules in Dance Instruction and DDE completion

  • QQI component awards in Dance Instruction: Training Needs Identification & Design, Training Delivery & Evaluation
  • Membership Irish Board of Dance Performance
  • ISTD DDE year 2
  • ITEC
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements for Dance Studies

QQI Level 5 Award in Dance or related discipline
or QQI Level 5 Award in any discipline

All applicants must have Intermediate standard in classical ballet, modern, or equivalent in another dance genre.

Dance Requirements:

Intermediate standard in classical ballet, modern, or equivalent in another Dance genre

Candidates with a specialised Dance degree may apply directly for the DDE teaching programme.

All applicants will be auditioned and interviewed. More information will be provided when called to interview.

Progression Opportunities and Employment Prospects

Progression Opportunities

On achievement of Level 6 QQI 6M20595,  the opportunity exists to progress to the Second Year of the B.A Contemporary Dance Programme at the University of Limerick.

In addition, the college has established links with many other third level colleges in the UK and Europe, providing further opportunities to advance your dance education and training.


Employment Prospects

Various employment opportunities exist and many of our graduates have gone on to work in Dance schools and in the Performing Arts sector.

Students who elect to stay on and take the follow-on year in Dance Instruction and/or ISTD DDE International teaching qualifications have the opportunity to set up their own dance schools and work and teach internationally.


Additional Information

For students who have completed the Diploma in Dance Education there are opportunities to take additional components in other dance genres. The students can also progress to study for the Royal Academy of Dance Distance learning Certificate in Classical Ballet Teaching.

Inchicore College also has specific agreements with the Irish Board of Dance Performance. On successful completion of the follow-on year, candidates will be eligible to enter their students for the Irish Board of Dance Performance examinations.

Student Stories

Paul Doyle

Paul Doyle

“The work ethic I learned in Inchicore and the passion of the tutors for us all to succeed to our full potential has helped guide me on my career path.

I am now doing my dream job, which is working as a Lecturer in Dance Education for the Royal Academy of Dance’s Faculty of Education in London. I also manage the faculty’s biggest teacher training programme, the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies.

I am currently the only Irish member on the Royal Academy of Dance’s panel of examiners. I will always look back fondly at the sweat, time and tears shed during my years at Inchicore College.”


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