The following IDTA graded and vocational graded qualifications are recognised by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and the Welsh Government Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) and appear on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Graded qualifications

Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft, Ballroom, Latin, Classical Sequence and Freestyle

Grade QCF Level QCF Award/Certificate/Diploma QCF credits
1 1 Award 7
2 1 Award 7
3 1 Award 7
4 2 Award 10
5 2 Award 10
6 (Ballet only) 3 Certificate 13

Vocational graded qualifications

Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatre Craft

Grade QCF Level QCF Award/Certificate/Diploma QCF credits
Intermediate 3 Certificate 28
Advanced 1 4 Certificate 33
Advanced 2 4 Diploma 38

Attainment bands for all the above examinations are Unsuccessful, Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Grade and Vocational Graded Qualifications

The qualification specifications are available to view or download. The full IDTA syllabi and technique books are available from IDTA Sales Ltd.

IDTA candidates for IDTA examinations must be entered for their chosen examination by their dance school principal, who is an IDTA member, using the IDTA Examination Session Request Form.

The IDTA will appoint an examiner to attend the school on the requested/agreed date(s) to conduct the examinations. The report forms will be completed by the examiner and returned to IDTA Head Office for processing. The reports will be returned to the school principal with the appropriate certificate and award for distribution.

The IDTA certificates for the Ofqual recognised grade and vocational graded examinations will bear the Ofqual and Dells logos. Certificates for other IDTA examinations will bear the IDTA logo only.

Pre-Associate examinations

The IDTA offers Pre-Associate examinations for candidates wishing to study to become a dance
teacher with the Association. The examinations are designed to prepare the candidate for the
Associate teaching examination.

ULN – Unique Learner Number

The Unique Learner Number is a unique 10 digit number supplied to anyone aged 14 years and over who is involved in education and training in the UK. It is the responsibility of the centre (dance school/college) principal to provide the ULN on the report form if the IDTA training course and examinations are funded, or if the candidate wishes their results recorded on the their Personal Learning Record by the Learning Records Service.

For further information on ULN, contact IDTA Head Office for an information leaflet.

The ULN should not be confused with the IDTA Pin Number, which should still be provided.

Guidance for teachers and dance schools on publicising IDTA qualifications

The IDTA is an awarding organisation recognised by Ofqual to offer qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Ofqual sets out a number of rules and requirements about the use of its name and how IDTA may refer to its recognised status in publications or on its website.

The purpose of this guidance is to help teachers and dance schools to give clear information to candidates and parents so that they are not misled in their choice of award or qualification.

Use of Ofqual name:

The Ofqual name may be used in publications or on websites (for example referring to IDTA as an Ofqual recognised awarding organisation).

References to qualifications regulated by Ofqual:

Information about qualifications regulated by Ofqual and offered by IDTA should be clear. For example a Graded Examination in Dance can be referred to as regulated, but a Medal Test cannot.

Use of Ofqual logo:

The Ofqual logo can only be used on certificates produced by IDTA. The logo cannot be used on any publicity materials, publications or on websites. 

Additional information

The following documents are available from IDTA Head Office on request, or members can download the information from the members section of the website;

  • IDTA-Ofqual guidance for members
  • Request for Reasonable Adjustment / Special Consideration
  • Equal Opportunities policy
  • Examination Fees List
  • Malpractice and maladministration
  • Enquiries / complaints / appeals policy
  • All about unique learner numbers
  • Syllabus specification, which is an outline of graded and vocational graded examination syllabus. The full examination syllabi and technique books are available at www.idta.co.uk. Simply click the “IDTA Shop” link on the main page.

Enquiries and request for information

Please contact Liz Murphy (Assistant Chief Executive) at IDTA Head Office if you have any questions. Email: l.murphy@idta.co.uk or info@idta.co.uk or telephone: 01273 685652.

Head Office hours are Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (lunch 12.30-1.00 pm).