Prerequisites and Age Requirements

Information on exam prerequisites and age requirements for exams.

Exam Prerequisites

Prerequisite qualifications for entry to vocational graded exams apply as follows:

Exam Prerequisite
Intermediate Foundation None
Intermediate None
Advanced Foundation Intermediate
Advanced 1 Intermediate
Advanced 2 Advanced 1
Solo Seal Advanced 2 (Distinction)

Equivalent ballet qualifications from the following organizations are accepted:

  • British Ballet Organisation (BBO/bbodance)
  • British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA)
  • National Association of Teachers of Dance (NATD)
  • Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
  • International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA)

Where, exceptionally, candidates enter for an exam and the prerequisite in the same session, the award of the exam will be dependent on the prerequisite also being passed.

For more information, please see Entering candidates for exams in our specifications.

Age Requirements

It is up to a teacher to identify when a candidate is ready to take an exam. For demonstration classes, the following target ages apply:

Level Target age
Level 1 2½ – 3½
Level 2 3½ – 4½ or 5

There are age requirements for RAD exams, class awards, solo performance awards and presentation classes.

The minimum age must have been reached by the following date before each exam session:

  • 1 January (for exam sessions taking place between January and August); or
  • 1 September (for exam sessions taking place between September and December), in the year the exam takes place:
Level Minimum age
Pre-Primary in Dance 5
Primary in Dance 6
Grades 1-5 7
Grades 6-8 11
Intermediate Foundation 11
Intermediate 12
Advanced Foundation 13
Advanced 1 14
Advanced 2 15
Solo Seal 15