Provoking excellence in performing arts & cultivating talent in our multi-cultural and diverse world!



I-PATH is delighted to offer the Level 4 Diploma in Performing Arts Pedagogy & Principles; one of the most robust and innovative Teaching Diplomas currently available in the Performing Arts world. This qualification has been developed collectively by both performers and academics from institutions such as Cirque du Soleil to University of Oxford. The course has been verified by leading dance and theatre professionals from across the globe for suitability for Performing Arts teachers. 

The Diploma in Performing Arts Pedagogy & Principles is our flagship qualification. Here, I-PATH is having a double impact - supporting our mission of providing consistently outstanding performing arts teaching by ensuring students have outstanding teachers.

The Level 4 Diploma in Performing Arts Pedagogy & Principles is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to access employment in I-PATH registered schools, and in other performing arts schools and colleges, or provide an additional edge in the competitive job market. This two year online course provides the opportunity to learn how to become a 21st Century Teacher in the Performing Arts; by allowing candidates to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure, which is stimulating and provides a supportive transition to becoming an outstanding teacher. Here, candidates develop their competencies and are appraised with traditional and contemporary pedagogies and attitudes to allow them to inspire the next generation of students.

The course consists of seven sequential units to be studied and must be successfully completed by each candidate. Prior learning is considered through our prior learning policy.

This course is accredited by Global Education Training & Qualifications. 

Please Note: Teachers do not have to complete this course in order to become a 'Teacher Member' of I-PATH or to deliver our syllabi. The course is designed to enhance your teaching skills and knowledge. However, if you do not hold a level 4 teaching qualification, you may be asked to enrol on to this course if you wish to deliver graded qualifications. 


Course Leader 

Adam Tate MSc, BSc, PGCE, FRSA, MInstLM, MITOL

Other Course Tutors

In specific units, candidates may listen to webinars that are delivered by experts in their own fields. As an example, this could include but is not limited to: Kate Parkinson (Safeguarding Expert and University Lecturer); Terry Hyde (Psychotherapist and Mental Health for Dancers Expert); Rick Tjia (Casting Director at Cirque du Soleil and CEO of Choreography Online). This course is always evolving so different experts maybe invited to speak in different cohorts. All of our guest course tutors are experts in their own fields. 


Course Details & Assessment 

This course is delivered entirely online via our specialist online learning platform. Candidates receive approximately 2 hours contact hours each month but then have to complete assignments in their own time as well as keep a log of their own progression as a teacher. 

The course consists of seven sequential units: 

Unit 1: Teaching & Learning

Unit 2: Safeguarding & Legal Fulfilment 

Unit 3: Inclusion, Differentiation & Behaviour Management 

Unit 4: Physical, Social, Emotional & Intellectual Development

Unit 5: Instilling Creativity 

Unit 6: Professional Learning & Development In Practise 

Unit 7: Reflective Practice, Critique and Assessment

Unit assignment(s) are assessed by the Course Lead and in some cases the Guest Course Tutor. Candidates are also expected to keep their own log and reflect on their own progression and practice through the course. 


International Students

This online course is available internationally. We have course convenors in the USA, Vietnam, China, Canada, Holland, Japan and Australia. (As our organisation grows, so too will the opportunities for international candidates).  


Fees and Funding

Deposit: £35 (non-refundable) 

Course Cost: £600 (excluding deposit)

Candidates can pay for the course upfront or opt to pay via monthly direct debit of £25 a month for 24 months. 

Candidates have in the past be given funding from the Equity Charitable Trust. 


Course Commencement Dates

 Intake Number
 Course Commencement 
Deadline To Apply
Friday, 2nd September 2022
Wednesday, 31st August 2022