Dance Works prepares candidates annually for examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance. These examinations are fully accredited and regulated by OFQUAL UK.

This information is taken from the RAD website. www.rad.org.uk and appears with their kind permission. 

Recognition and Accreditation RAD (link next to the RAD information about qualifications/accreditation)

Regulation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

The Royal Academy of Dance is recognized as an Awarding Organization in England by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), in Wales by the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), and in Northern Ireland by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) respectively.
The RAD’s qualifications are accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework as follows:

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is designed to provide learners, learning providers and employers with an inclusive and flexible regulated qualifications framework containing units, and qualifications built from those units, that recognise the widest possible range of quality-assured learner achievements. 

The QCF introduces a standard currency for learner achievement through the award of credit.  Each qualification on the QCF is assigned a level, indicating the standard or degree of difficulty, and a credit value, indicating the size or breadth of the qualification.  There are three sizes of QCF qualification: Award (1-12 credits), Certificate (13-36 credits) and Diploma (37 or more credits). 

In the case of the RAD’s Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations, each qualification comprises one mandatory unit, as indicated in the table above.

UCAS Points

Graded and Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance at Level 3 have now (2011) been allocated points on the UCAS Tariff.

This means that candidates who have achieved a Pass or higher in a Level 3 qualification (Grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation) can use their RAD examination result towards their points tariff when applying to University or a Higher Education institution in the UK.

It should be noted that the benchmarking process which resulted in this outcome related only to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) versions of the examinations, which have been awarded from November 2010 (January 2011 in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa). We are currently exploring with UCAS whether the earlier versions of the qualifications, accredited on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), also fall within the remit of the points tariff, and will make further announcements once this is clarified.

The point allocation varies, based on the examination level and attainment band (pass classification).

You can find the points tariff for each examination level and attainment band using the table below:

For further details, please visit the UCAS website.


We are currently working with other recognized dance Awarding Organizations and the Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET) for inclusion on the UCAS points tariff for UK university entrance.  Once agreed, points will be available to candidates who have been successful in achieving RAD qualifications at Level 3 (Grades 6, 7 and 8 Award; Intermediate and Advanced Foundation).  In the meantime, we recommend that applicants indicate on their UCAS application form if they have passed such qualifications.