Charity Registered in England No.312826
Information and Application Pack for
entry in September 2011
Located at RAD Headquarters,
To apply please return pages 13, 14, 15 and 16 to:
RAD Dance School Administrator
Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should be received by Friday 29 July 2011.
Early application is advised as places are limited although late
applications may be accepted if places are available.
1. Introduction and previous results 3
2. What our students say 3
3. Course information and breakdown 4/5
4. Staff list 6
5. Equipment and uniform list 6
6. Term dates 7
7. Fees 8
8. How to find us 9
9. Terms and conditions 10
10. Terms and conditions confirmation form* 13
11. Student application form* 14
12. Emergency contact details and photographic consent form* 15
13. Medical consent form* 16
* Please note that when applying all four forms (pages 13-16) should be
completed and returned together.
GCSE and GCE AS or A2 LEVEL DANCE COURSES
The Royal Academy of Dance offers first-rate teaching with year-on-year
excellent results. Students attending the Academy benefit from its strong
links with the professional dance and academic worlds. Former students
have gone on to study dance related subjects in Higher Education or in
related areas such as Teaching, Dance Notation, Dance Administration and
2009-2010 GCSE GCE AS GCE A2
Grade A*/A 4 4 4
Grade B 6 4 3
Grade C 1 4 3
2008-2009 GCSE GCE AS GCE A2
Grade A*/A 4 2 4
Grade B 4 2 4
Grade C 1 4 1
2007-2008 GCSE GCE AS GCE A2
Grade A*/A 6 7 6
Grade B 2 2 6
Grade C 1 1
What our students say
‘GSCE at RAD is a great opportunity to meet new people and I have learnt so
much here. It definitely stretches you and helps you to understand new ideas.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student
‘Life at the RAD is fantastic and I love doing GCSE here as I get to meet new
people and experience learning in a new environment. It’s nice to have a change
from the classrooms at school. And the teachers here are great and really
helpful with lots of interaction.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student
‘A great opportunity to meet passionate people. I have learnt so many
techniques that have been new to me. It’s so exciting!’
GCSE Yr 2 Student
‘It’s a nice, warm and friendly environment to work in…You meet lots of
different people from all over the place and it is good company to have. I would
definitely recommend this course to anyone and think about coming back to do
the A level courses.’
GCSE Yr 2 Student
GCSE Dance – Course Information and Breakdown
Why Study for a GCSE in Dance?
promotes fitness, a healthy lifestyle, team working and creativity
actively engages students in the process of dance in order to develop as
effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers
with enquiring minds
develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of
dance styles through the interrelated processes of performing, creating
and appreciating dances
develops physical, technical and expressive skills through which students
are able to communicate choreographic intention and develop their
individual qualities as performers
develops students' skills, knowledge and understanding of choreography
through which they are able to communicate ideas, thoughts and
meaning drawn from a range of dance styles
develops a critical appreciation of dance in its physical, artistic,
aesthetic and cultural contexts
provides progression and a solid foundation for further studies in dance or
performing arts, including A level Dance and the Creative and Media
Diploma, and/or a career in Performing Arts.
Students of GCSE Dance are encouraged to develop their previous dance
experience within the two-year course. This experience may be of formal
training in dance classes, or students may bring skills acquired in devising and
performing dance in more informal, social contexts.
The study of dance as an art form contributes to students’ aesthetic and social
development. As a physical activity it promotes fitness and well-being. Dance
also supports learning across a range of subjects. As performers, students
develop confidence and self-esteem. They develop self and body awareness as
well as sensitivity to others and team-working skills. Effective performance
requires physical effort and the determination to succeed and improve.
As choreographers, students employ the skills of problem-solving and creativity.
Effective choreography requires imagination and the ability to synthesise a
number of elements. In directing others, students develop their interpersonal
and communication skills.
As critics, students make informed decisions about the dances they see. They
articulate their knowledge, opinions and preferences. Viewing professional
dances fulfils students’ cultural entitlement and broadens their artistic
Students should be aged 13 and above (in Year 9 at school). Some dance
experience is required.
Three hours tuition on Saturdays during term time, over two years.
First year: 3.00 - 6.00pm
This course focuses on the aesthetic and artistic qualities of dance and the use of
dance movement as a medium of expression and communication in the
performance, creation and appreciation of dance.
Modes of Assessment
Practical and written examinations will be held between April and June of the
AQA GCSE Dance
Unit 1 – Critical Appreciation of Dance 20% of the total marks
Unit 2 - Set Dance 20% of the total marks
Practical Examination – Solo Performance
Unit 3 - Performance – Duo/Group Dance 20% of the total marks
Unit 4 - Choreography 40% of the total marks
Head of GCSE/AS and A2 Level Gillian Lenton
Course tutor AS Level Janine Streuli
Course tutor A2 Level Michelle Grant
Administrative Staff (Monday – Friday)
Dance School Administrator Ana Little
(Tuesday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5.30pm,
Training Co-ordinator Nathalie Delorme
(Monday 10.30am-6.30m, Tuesday 11am-7pm,
Wednesday 10.30am-6.30pm, Thursday 10.30am-
6.30pm, Friday 10am-5.30pm)
Dance School Information Assistant Colleen O’Keeffe
Equipment and Uniform List
File or folder for written work
Female Uniform Male Uniform
Black Jazz pants/fitted track suit Black Jazz pants with no zips or
bottoms with no zips or buttons buttons
Black/White fitted T-shirt and or Black leotard or fitted T-shirt
leotard Optional RAD or plain sweatshirt to
Optional RAD or plain sweatshirt to wear during classroom seminar
wear during classroom seminar sessions
For practical classes pupils should have their hair neatly tied back and no
jewellery should be worn.
GCSE and GCE Term Dates 2011-2012
Autumn: Total 10 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 17 September 2011
Half term: Saturday 22 October – Saturday 29 October (Inclusive)
Term ends: Saturday 3 December 2011
Spring: Total 11 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 7 January 2012
Half term: Saturday 11 February – Saturday 18 February (Inclusive)
Term ends: Saturday 31 March 2012
Easter Rehearsal Intensives Period
20-30 hours between the following dates:
Sunday 1 April - Sunday 15 April. (Easter weekend 6 - 9 April: No rehearsals)
Timetable and studios to be confirmed nearer the time.
Attendance is compulsory for GCSE Year 2, GCE AS and A2 students only.
Summer: Total 9 weeks
Term starts: Saturday 21 April 2012
Half term: Saturday 2 June – Friday 8 June (Inclusive)
Terms ends: Saturday 23 June 2012
End of year performance: Saturday 23 June 2012
Fees correct at time of going to print
Term GCSE Year 1 GCSE Year 2
Autumn Term £245.00 £265.00
Spring Term £245.00 £265.00
Summer Term £245.00 £265.00
Total Fee £735.00 £795.00
Tuition fees are charged for the whole academic year (excluding examination
1. The tuition fee for this Academic year appears on the current fees list and in
your letter of confirmation.
2. The tuition fee does not include any extra coaching or external awarding
body examination fees.
3. The fee can be paid for the whole academic year or in three instalments.
The GCSE course fees do not include the following additional expenses:
Theatre Trips and External Workshops
From time to time during the course there may be trips and workshops arranged
for the students, which require an extra fee. In previous years these have
included visits to watch Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake and Alvin Ailey Dance
Company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and workshops run by Siobhan Davies Dance
and Henri Oguike Dance Company.
External Awarding Body Entry Fee
The current entry fee for GCSE 10/11 is £27.75, this may be subject to change
for GCSE 11/12. The awarding body (AQA) will invoice the Academy after entries
have been submitted and the Academy will then contact students regarding
payment of this fee.
Transferred Candidate Fee
The transferred candidate fee for summer 2011 is £27.75. A transferred candidate
fee is applied when a student takes an examination at a centre other than that at
which he/she is entered for the exam. For example if there were a clash with other
exams during the examination period at their school/college, they would not be
able to sit their examination at the Academy’s headquarters.
The Academy will be contacting schools/colleges regarding clashes, however it is
the responsibility of the student to ensure we are made aware of any clashes,
otherwise they will be liable for a late tranferred candidate application. The fee
for this is considerably greater than that of a straightforward application.
How to find us
By train: to Clapham Junction, followed by a 15 min walk or take the no. 170
which stops outside the Academy.
By tube or bus: (Piccadilly, District & Circle Lines) to South Kensignton or Sloane
Square. Take the no. 49 or no. 345 bus from South Kensington or the no. 19 or
no. 319 bus from Sloane Square. Both buses stop at Battersea Bridge. Walk for 10
minutes along Battersea Church Road/Westbridge Road to the Academy.
GCSE and GCE AS/A2 Level Terms and Conditions
Fees, deposits and refunds
1. Tuition fees are charged for the whole academic year (excluding examination
fees). Payment can be made in full for the whole academic year or for each term.
2. Students are expected to attend all classes.
3. Fees will only be pro rata when a student starts during a term.
4. Refunds will not be given for non-attendance other than for the reason set out in
Clause 13 or where the Code of Conduct has been invoked as set out in Clause 25.
5. Refunds will not be given where a class has to be cancelled and rescheduled for
the reasons set out in Clause 14.
6. Fees are currently exempt from VAT.
7. Invoices must be settled either prior to the start of the academic year or if paying
by three instalments by the start of each term.
8. A payment registration form must be completed at the time of enrolment.
9. Payment can be made:
9.1 By bank transfer to:
HSBC Bank Plc
31 Holborn Circus
Sort Code: 40-03-28
Account Number: 81783521
Account Name: Royal Academy of Dance
Bank transfers should in all instances reference the student’s ID (which can be
found on the invoice or the pro-forma invoice) and name. Failure to do so may
result in the payment being unidentified, the account remaining outstanding and
the student not being admitted to class.
9.2 By direct debit by completing an appropriate form available from the Finance
Department, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA.
9.3 By telephone 020 7326 8018 / 8904 / 8017 /8016 for credit /debit card
9.4 By post to the Finance Department, Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea
Square, London, SW11 3RA for cheques.
9.5 In person to the Finance Department, Second Floor, 36 Battersea Square, London,
SW11 3RA (Monday – Thursday 10.00am - 6.00pm, Friday - 10.00am-5.30pm on
Friday) for credit /debit card, cheque or cash transactions.
10. The Academy will not accept any liability for cash or cheques left at Reception,
given to teachers or any other persons not authorised to receive money. All
payments must be made in accordance with Clause 9 above.
11. From 1st September 2009 the Academy will no longer process payments via Continuous
Authority due to credit card industry (PCI- DSS) requirements.
Register, attendance and absence
12. A register for each class is maintained by the teacher and records student
attendance for the purposes of health and safety and security.
13. If a student is absent from class for four or more consecutive weeks, a refund of
90% of the fees paid for the classes not attended will be given on the evidence of a
medical certificate. The medical certificate must be provided within one month of
the absence otherwise no refund will be given.
14. If a class is cancelled due to the sickness of the teacher, a health epidemic or any
other seen or unforeseen event, the Academy will endeavour to reschedule the
class. This may be on a different day or a different time or both from when the
class was originally scheduled, and might involve an extension to the term time
dates. No refunds will be given in this case.
15. The GCSE Dance course requires 100% attendance and any student missing more
than 3 classes per year will have their continuation of the course reviewed.
16. The payer will receive both verbal and written notice if payment has not been
received in accordance with these terms and conditions.
17. The Academy reserves the right to charge interest at 1½% over base for any unpaid
Right to attend, change classes, withdrawal and termination of attendance
18. If an invoice has not been paid at the start of term or upon enrolment in
accordance with Clause 7, the student will not be admitted to any classes until the
invoice has been paid in full.
19. The Academy reserves the right at any time during the term to ask students to
leave a class if any fees remain outstanding after the start of term.
20. Students are required to give one term's written notice if they wish to withdraw
from the course, otherwise they will be invoiced for the next term and proceedings
will be taken to collect any debts if they remain unpaid.
21. If, within the first six weeks of the first term, a teacher advises the withdrawal of
a student due to unsuitability to the course or if a student withdraws voluntarily,
the Academy will refund the remaining term’s fees on a pro rata basis.
22. Physical contact may be necessary by members of the teaching faculty. If you
have any concerns regarding this matter please contact the Dance School
Code of Conduct
23. A Code of Conduct for students will be issued. Failure to observe the Code of
Conduct may result in students being asked to leave. The Academy reserves the
right to refuse any student prior to or after enrolment. No refund will be given if
the Code of Conduct has been invoked.
25. The Academy reserves the right to alter the advertised programme and faculty
without prior notice. The information in this and any other printed or electronic
brochure/notice was correct at the time of printing or publication on-line.
25. The Royal Academy of Dance Group of companies holds information about our
customers to enable us to carry out our business as a membership, dance
education and training organisation. This information includes the contact details
you supply to us and may also include information on examinations, courses and
26. The Royal Academy of Dance Group of companies will not disclose your information
to third parties outside the Academy Group except where the law allows or
requires, or where you have given your permission to do so. We may from time to
time contact you individually about other carefully selected Academy services
which we think will be of interest to you. The box on the Confirmation Slip should
be ticked to indicate agreement to take part.
Copyright and trademarks
27. ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE, RAD, RAD PRE-PRIMARY IN DANCE and RAD PRIMARY IN
DANCE are registered Trade Marks of the Royal Academy of Dance. The use or
misuse of the Trade Mark, without written permission from the Royal Academy of
Dance is strictly prohibited. The Trade Mark may not be used in any way, including
in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials, without prior
Changes to the terms and conditions
28. The Academy reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time
providing one term’s notice is given to students.
Agreement to the terms and conditions
29. Parents, guardians and/or students attending courses are required to sign their
acceptance of the terms and conditions and return them to the Academy prior to
the start of a new term. The Academy accepts electronic signatures as if signed in
The Training Department
Royal Academy of Dance
36 Battersea Square
Terms and Conditions Confirmation
I have read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Royal Academy of
Dance for the GCSE / GCE AS/A2 Level Courses
Relationship to Student:
I would like to receive information about other carefully selected Academy
services in the future (please tick)
Student Application Form
Course (please tick as appropriate)
AQA GCSE: 2 Year Course
Date of Birth:________________________________Age:_______________
(Please enclose a copy of your birth certificate and two passport sized photographs with the
student’s name on the back)
Tel:________________________ Student Mobile No:___________________
Parent Email: ___________________________________________________
Name and address of School/College: _______________________________
Name of Exams Officer (if known): __________________________________
13 Digit UCI Number (obtainable from Exams Officer): _________________
Dance Experience (including styles/techniques studied, recent dance exams taken - please
attach a separate page if required):
How did you hear about the RAD GCSE, GCE AS/A2 Level Dance course?
Emergency Contact Details & Photographic Consent
This section should be completed by a parent/guardian where the prospective
student is under 18 years old. Students aged 18 or over should complete this section
themselves. These details must be submitted before the student can participate in
the GCSE course, and will be held in the strictest confidence and only used in case
of an emergency. One form should be completed for each student.
Contact 1: Parent/Guardian contact:
Name & Relationship to student:
Telephone Number 1
Telephone Number 2
Please provide an additional emergency contact name & telephone number
Name & Relationship to student:
Telephone Number 1
Telephone Number 2
As part of the GCSE/GCE programmes, photographs may be taken and used in
a range of RAD print and promotional material, including our websites. Please
note photographs maybe kept for an indefinite period and may not be used
immediately. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, this information will not
be used for any purpose other than that stated on the form.
If you do not wish your son/daughter to be photographed, please tick the box:
Medical Consent Form
Any personal information provided on this form is strictly private and
confidential and for internal RAD purposes only.
Name of Doctor:
Doctor’s Address & Telephone Number:
Student’s Name and Medical Number (if known):
Please list any medical conditions or injuries which may require medical
treatment and/or medication
Please list any allergies and whether these allergies require any specific medical
(To be signed by a parent for students under 16 years, or by the student themselves if over 16 years)
I, ___________________________ being parent/guardian of the above named
child* hereby give permission for an authorised RAD representative to give the
immediate necessary authority on my behalf for any medical or surgical
treatment recommended by competent medical authorities, where it would be
contrary to my/child/ward’s interest, in the doctor’s medical opinion, for any
delay to be incurred by seeking my personal consent.
NB. Please note that a young person can give their own consent for medical
treatment if they are over 16 years old
Signature: ___________________________________ Date ______________
(consent by student/parent/guardian)
* Please delete if signing on your own behalf