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Bolton GOLD Mark
Dawson's Academy is the first dance school in Bolton to receive accreditation from the Bolton Council with the Bolton Gold Mark. Awarded by Bolton Council’s Sport, Health and Inclusion Service, this accreditation recognises the development and commitment of clubs that are deemed safe, effective and child-friendly.

Examination Boards
As shown in the following framework, chosen students are given training for, and undertake, examinations by QCA -Ed Excel recognised examination boards including: ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing)
RAD (Royal Academy of Dance)
LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art)
CDET (Council for Dance Education & Training)
LCM (London College of Music)
BAGA (Gymnastic awards)

Our teachers are associated and qualified with the appropriate organisation. Click to read more about our teachers.

National Qualifications Framework

Level General Qualifications (ISTD / RAD) General Qualifications Equivalent Vocational Qualifications (ISTD / RAD) Vocational Qualifications Equivalent
Level One (Foundation) Grade 1 - 3 GCSE (D - G)
Level Two (Intermediate) Grade 4 - 5 GCSE (A* - C) Intermediate Foundation Intermediate GNVQ
Level Three Grade 6 A-Level Foundation of Dance, Instruction, Advanced 2, Advanced 1 Vocational A Level Advanced GNVQ
Level Four Certificate of Dance Education 1st Year Degree

Arts Award

Miss Dawn Dawson has now completed assessor training for the Bronze & Silver Arts Award. The mission of Arts Award is to support young people who want to deepen their engagement with the arts, build creative and leadership skills, and to achieve a national qualification. Through Arts Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, young people aged 11-25 can explore any of the art forms including performing arts, visual arts, literature, media and multimedia. The award builds confidence, helps young people to enjoy cultural activities, and prepares them for further education or employment. As an assessor Miss Dawn can now take young people through the Bronze and Silver awards allowing them to develop and receive recognition for their achievements. Find our more about the Arts Award at their website: Arts Award Website