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The BTDA has a carefully structured series of awards to suit every age and level of student. The first level - Rose Award System - is designed to build confidence in candidates from 3 to 8 years old.

Click <here> to see full details of the BTDA's Rose Award System.

Rose Awards are a stepping stone to the comprehensive performance awards. Our Medal Test System, takes
candidates from 'Medals' through 'Stars', 'Shields' to 'Statuettes' and the highest level - 'Cups'.

Click <here> to see full details of the BTDA's Medal Test System.

BTDA also offers The Crystal Awards programme of study. This is a progressive set of awards that is based on the graded structure of the BTDA examinations.

The BTDA, working alongside Ron Heavy, MBE, a specialist working extensively with Downs Syndrome students, has developed examinations for candidates within the Special Needs Programme. The candidates can follow ballet, tap or modern dance leading to a Pass or Pass Merit.

Click <here> to see full details of the BTDA's Special Needs Awards.

A series of Non-QCF and QCF General Graded Examinations in Theatre Dance make up the next level. Students follow a carefully designed syllabus that aims to develop amoungst many things, personal expression, social and physical skills, teamwork and performance.

The disciplines of Ballet,Tap, Modern, Greek, Lyrical and Acrobatic dance can be pursued with preliminary examinations starting at Pre-preparatory, then Preparatory, Primary and lastly to an Introduction to Grade 1.

Auxiliary subjects (in National Dance, Choreography, Modelling and Speech and Drama, Performing Arts and Educational Freestyle) take students from Preparatory and Primary levels, through several Grades and Diplomas depending on the subject chosen.

Awards for Graded Examinations are a pass, merit or distiction.

Click <here> to see complete details of the BTDA's General Graded
Examinations programme.

Graded Vocational Examinations in Theatre Dance are the highest level of qualification provided by GQAL based on BTDA programmes. Students study the disciplines of classical ballet, tap and modern jazz starting at an intermediate level, through three advanced levels to the Diploma in Professional Development. The syllabus includes performance skills and technique, choreography, direction and teaching and the cultural and physiological aspects of dance.

To see a table demonstrating how the qualifications fit into the Qualificatioons and Credit Framework then please do not hesitate to contact the office.

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