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.


Aspire is an annual initiative run by CDET. It is a three-tiered mentoring scheme which partners a young talented person with an ambition to train in the future, with a dance or musical theatre student currently studying at a CDET accredited school. This student is then, in turn, partnered with a professional mentor from the industry.

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.

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.


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.