Advanced Dance Level 6

Advanced Dance Studies Level 6

About The Course

2 Years Full Time Dance Studies Course
QQI Level 6+ equivalence

Dance Studies

Advanced Certificate in Dance is a two-year dance programme at QQI Level 6. This course will further develop your choreographic and technical dance skills in preparation for a career in the profession in Ireland and internationally.

A particular attraction of this course is the opportunity to obtain the ISTD DDE international teaching qualifications in Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre Dance.

At the end of the first year, you will achieve a full Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dance Award.

At the end of the 2nd year you will complete the Level 6 teaching qualification and the ISTD DDE International teaching qualification.

Irish Board of Dance Performance ISTD Approved Dance Centre

Course Coordinators: Melissa Harman and Louise Behan


Year 1:

  • Advanced Dance QQI Level 6 Year 1
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Music in a Dance context, Work Experience
  • Dance Subjects at an advanced level
  • Dance Performance & Production
  • QQI Classical Ballet
  • QQI Contemporary Dance
  • QQI Jazz Dance
  • Improvisation
  • Enchainement Construction
  • Step Analysis
  • Choreography
  • Tap
  • RAD Classical Ballet vocational
  • RAD Classical Ballet Graded Syllabi
  • ISTD Modern vocational
  • ISTD Modern, Classical Ballet Graded Syllabi DDE Year 1

Year 2:

  • QQI Level 6 Training Needs identification and design
  • QQI Level 6 Training delivery and evaluation
  • QQI Level 6 Classical Ballet Advanced
  • QQI Level 6 Jazz Dance
  • QQI Level 6 Contemporary Dance
  • DDE final completion year
  • National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness [NCEF]

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.


Advanced Dance Year 1:

  • QQI in Dance 6M20595
  • RAD Advanced Foundation Classical Ballet
  • ISTD Advanced 1 Modern Theatre Dance

Advanced Dance Year 2:

  • QQI in Dance 6M20595 with additional teaching components
  • Irish Board of Dance Performance
  • National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (NCEF)
Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements for Dance Studies

QQI Level 5 Award in Dance
or QQI Level 5 Award Performing Arts

Dance Requirements:

Intermediate standard in classical ballet/modern or equivalent

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

At end of the first year on completion of the Level 6 QQI you have the opportunity of progressing to the Second Year of the B.A Contemporary Dance Programme at the University of Limerick. Students can apply for other third level colleges to further their dance training.

For students who have completed the Diploma in Dance Education there are op-portunities 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.

Employment Prospects

After completing the ISTD DDE Interna-tional teaching qualifications and the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Dance, students have the opportunity to set up their own dance schools and work and teach internationally.

Inchicore College also has specific agreements with the Irish Board of Dance Performance. On successful completion of the second year of the QQI Advanced Certificate in Dance, 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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