PGCE M Post Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ Dance

Our master's level Post Graduate Certificate in Education supports students and professionals to acquire and cultivate the essential skills to progress into or further their teaching career and practice. Within this programme, you'll develop the necessary pedagogical knowledge surrounding the theory and practice of teaching dance alongside refining your creative identity as a teacher, equipping you fully to safely deliver and assess dance to the highest standards.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education 14+ Dance

Key information



Mode of Study:



1 year


Shockout Arts

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

If you're already qualified and experienced in the dance industry, then this course delivered by Shockout Arts offers you the skills and knowledge needed to teach dance to people aged 14 and above in this demanding and ever-evolving sector. This PGCE (M) course is 120 credits at the master's level (HE7), demonstrating your ability to work independently at a high level in the field of education. 90 credits at HE7 can be transferred to a full master's award, depending on the specialist master's pathway.

Teaching staff at Shockout Arts are professional practitioners, choreographers and dance industry specialists who are keen to make the time you spend with them as stimulating and rewarding as possible and enjoy a well-deserved reputation for being approachable and interested in your progress.

This is a pre-service Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course – you don't need prior experience of teaching or current employment in education. Through a combination of traditional study and work-based learning, you'll explore the key theories and techniques of teaching, learning and assessment. We'll support you as you discover how to apply them in practice, how you can mould them to the teaching of dance and how they link to current research in education and dance education.

We'll guide you as you learn to plan lessons, deliver classes, assess your students and provide constructive feedback. Our expert specialist and supportive tutors will work to help you become an expert, engaging and inclusive teacher with high standards of professionalism.

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  • Shockout Arts is a dynamic and innovative dance institution – the first in the country to offer higher-level qualifications in professional and commercial dance.
  • This specialist PGCE programme is designed to fully equip you to effectively and safely teach dance alongside refining your creative identity as a teacher in this competitive sector.
  • Ofsted rated the University of Bolton's Further Education and Skills (FES) 14+ ITE courses' overall effectiveness as 'good' in all areas, including the quality of education and training, and leadership and management at their last inspection in May 2022. Their report also said, 'Trainees in the FES phase have access to a well-planned and ambitious curriculum' and 'Trainees are well supported to develop their subject-specific pedagogy equally well through all of the different FES ITE programmes' (Ofsted, 2022).
  • We have strong links with local providers and employers in the dance and performing arts sector, and you'll have the opportunity to seek a placement with a provider aligned with your specialist subject.
  • Our team of highly experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated experts offers face-to-face sessions and one-to-one support, ensuring you have access to feedback and advice.
  • You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you throughout the programme and support you in developing your Professional Practice Portfolio.
  • Our academic team is actively involved in educational research, ensuring you have access to the latest thinking in teaching and learning.
  • The course is designed to help you achieve your potential and enjoy teaching. By encouraging you to reflect on your performance and take charge of your own development, we aim to prepare you for a successful career in education.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton sits at the heart of an extensive and well-established partnership of post-14 education and training providers, offering access to an impressive range of educational environments.
  • Our highly qualified and dedicated team offer a wealth of experience in teaching both in post-14 education and training and teacher education.
  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes and excellent IT and library facilities.
  • You'll also have access to the University's e-learning resources, an extensive e-library and the support of University librarians.
  • Work-based learning through teaching placements is essential for success on this course, and you'll have the opportunity to gain a minimum of 100 hours of experience planning and delivering learning.
  • This PGCE M 14+ course meets the requirements of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET), which is the recognised full teaching qualification for the FE and Skills sector. It's ideal if you wish to teach in adult and community education, further education, sixth-form colleges, universities, prison and probation services, pre-employment training and work-based learning.
  • After completing this ITE course, you can progress towards QTLS (Qualified Teacher for Learning and Skills), which is recommended for teaching in the FE and Skills sector.
Professional recognition

The University of Bolton's Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) M 14+ programmes meet the requirement of the FE-specific Diploma in Education and Training (DET). All new FE and Skills teachers must complete a teacher education qualification as the first step in obtaining QTLS (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

After successful completion of this course, you can apply to undertake professional formation to gain QTLS through the Society of Education and Training (SET).

The course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to teach in schools. However, QTLS does legally have equivalence to QTS and is recognised by some head teachers in schools.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) M 14+ (Dance) is a teacher education course for graduates who wish to teach dance in the Further Education and Skills sector of education; for example, in adult and community education, further education, sixth form colleges, pre-employment training and work-based learning.

In this sector, you'll work with further education learners ranging from 14 years to adults. These students come from different backgrounds and experiences and may enter further education from local schools, the community, industry or local businesses.

This course emphasises the teaching of dance and performance-related subjects. It's designed to help you integrate your specialist subject knowledge with educational theory and practice, supporting you to become an effective and creative specialist teacher.

What can I do with this qualification?

In addition to working in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and schools there are also significant opportunities to work in a range of other educational sectors. The work-based learning sector ensures people are ready for work and have the latest skills. It includes working with apprentices, young people who are not yet ‘job ready’, as well as employed adults who need to update their skills. Job opportunities in this sector are often with training providers in the private sector, but can also be in the work-based learning units in colleges.

The adult and community learning sector delivers a range of community-based courses, including practical and creative, basic skills, language and computer courses. Alternatively, the justice sector involves working in prisons and youth offender institutions teaching basic skills. Some offender institutions offer vocational preparation courses. Much of this work is sub-contracted out to local FE colleges who then provide relevant staff.

Alternative career options

PGCE M 14+ holders can also use the qualification as a stepping stone to enter a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possible jobs include:

  • Higher education
  • Education officer
  • Mentoring
  • Family liaison
  • Educational psychology
  • Education administration
  • Student services advice
  • Student liaison
  • Educational writing and journalism
  • Examinations
  • Counselling
  • Careers guidance
  • Training
  • Quality standards
  • Youth work
  • Museum education
  • Arts administration

Course fees
Home Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2024/252025/26

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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We take a blended approach to teaching and learning, using a combination of face-to-face sessions, work-based learning and electronic resources and communications. You can expect timetabled classes and lectures, along with workshops, small group and individual practical activities, and structured exercises and discussions. Individual support will be given in tutorials. We'll encourage you to take part in online discussions with your peers and tutors, to make full use of ICT as a source of information and support, and to maintain a digital portfolio of evidence.

You'll have the opportunity to seek a placement with a provider that matches your specialist subject, in a situation that meets the requirements for becoming a qualified teacher in the FE and Skills sector. Placements may involve daytime or evening teaching, or both. In most cases, placement partners will expect you to have several years of work experience so that you can bring this wider experience into your teaching. While prior work experience as a professional in your field is not one of our listed entry requirements, it is strongly recommended as you may be unable to find a suitable placement without it.

During your placements, your teaching practice will be assessed according to Ofsted guidelines and documented through session planning, observation reports and reflective journals. You'll receive informal feedback on your performance, to help you assess your progress and improve your practice, as well as formal assessment that will contribute to your overall grade for the course.

Additional formal assessment will be based on coursework. We'll expect you to produce written work that demonstrates your understanding and ability to apply the course content. You'll also receive informal peer and tutor feedback on individual and group activities. Your tutor will guide you towards areas of appropriate research and background reading that will help you to complete your coursework.

To be awarded your PGCE M 14+ qualification, you'll need to demonstrate that you've met all the learning outcomes for the course. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff will guide and support you in this, but a significant amount of personal and independent study is essential, and you'll need to take responsibility for managing your own learning.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Teaching and Learning
  • Behaviour and Wellbeing for Teaching and Learning
  • Curriculum and Assessment for Teaching and Learning
  • Developing Professionalism in Teaching and Learning (Specialist Module) Part 1 - ITE
  • Developing Professionalism in Teaching and Learning (Specialist Module) Part 2 - ITE
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 100%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

The Admissions Team
Shockout Arts

+44 (0)161 833 9937

Yusuf Giga
Academic Partnership Manager, University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903211

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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