The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) provides quality assurance for the professional dance: Council for Dance Education and Training. Old Brewer's Yard 17-19 Neal Street Covent Garden London WC2H 9UY:

Accredited Professional Schools and Colleges

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CDET ensures the provision of high quality professional dance and musical theatre training through Accreditation of full-time dance and performing arts schools, and has provided the industry benchmark of quality assurance for professional dance and musical theatre training in the UK since 1979.


What does it cost to go to a Vocational Dance or Musical Theatre School?
Finding the funds to study on dance and musical theatre courses can be expensive. A course at a CDET accredited vocational training school can cost anything between £7,000 and £30,000 per year. Depending on where you study, different types of funding exist.

Useful Links

The following web-links are shared as a helpful source of background information for students, parents, schools, awarding organisations and members of the public.

Recognised Schools

Recognised School LogoA Recognised School is a pre or non-vocational dance or musical theatre school that is committed to putting the safety of its pupils first and meets the following nine requirements of good professional practice.

Recognised Schools:

  • Have and adhere to appropriate Professional Policies and Procedures in respect of the following: health and safety (including safe dance practice), safeguarding, equal opportunities and customer service (including feedback
    and complaints)
  • Ensure valid Disclosure  and Barring Service (DBS) certificates are in place for all members of staff including teachers, administrators and all ancillary staff
  • Hold appropriate and adequate Insurance
  • Adhere to the CDET Code of Professional Conduct and Practice or recognised equivalent
  • Make the Nine Requirements for Recognised Schools document publically available, together with the following Key Information: contact details, timetables and venues for examinations and all performance events
  • Ensure that the majority of teaching is delivered by teachers with appropriate Teaching Qualifications i.e. hold a CDET, Ofqual or other government recognised teaching qualification at QCF Level 3 or above. Teachers not holding (or working towards) such a teaching qualification should be in the minority but  will still demonstrate Professional Experience to the satisfaction of CDET
  • Employ or engage all teachers on appropriate Teaching Contracts
  • Conduct  annual Staff Appraisals and offer relevant Continuing Professional Development within the organisation
  • Keep formal Financial Accounts which are independently inspected or audited where required by law.

To find your nearest Recognised School search the online database.

To apply online for the Recognised School award click here

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Validated Awarding Organisations

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CDET validates many of the world's leading awarding organisations offering graded, vocational and diploma examinations in dance and musical theatre performance and teaching. Many of these awarding organisations are also recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) and have their provision regulated on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The QCF is further mapped to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) which aims to improve the understanding and portability of qualifications across Europe.