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SQA News 11 February 2021

Dance: changes to approval for new centres

From August 2021, any new centres planning to deliver Dance courses at National 5 and Higher, or freestanding Dance units at SCQF levels 5, 6 and 7, will need to apply for approval from SQA. SQA will work with each centre to identify what support they need to be able to deliver the qualifications. Existing centres that are already delivering these qualifications will not be affected and do not need to come forward for approval.

When applying for approval, centres must demonstrate that teachers and lecturers delivering/assessing Dance have completed at least two years’ successful study of dance to a minimum of Higher National Diploma (HND) level (SCQF level 8) or have extensive knowledge in dance, which can be supported by vocational and teaching qualifications through accredited dance awarding bodies. It would also be beneficial if staff have, or are working towards, assessor qualifications, or are GTC registered.

We are making this change due to a significant increase in centres delivering these qualifications, and an increased demand for additional support from SQA to help teachers and lecturers develop their knowledge of the subject.