The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is an awarding body approved and regulated by Ofqual. ISTD examinations are accepted as part of the Government National Framework of Qualifications (NQF). Consequently, the qualifications achieved may be quoted as part of a student’s GCSE and A-level qualifications.

All graded examinations are accredited by the national qualifications framework as follows:

  • ISTD Grades 1 – 3 : NQF Level 1 (equivalent to GCSE grades D - G)
  • ISTD Grades 4 – 5 : NQF Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grades A* - C)
  • ISTD Grades 6 : NQF Level 3 (equivalent to A-level)

The ISTD's Level 3 Graded and Vocationally-Graded dance examinations are awarded UCAS points.  Students applying for university entrance who wish to add such qualifications to their UCAS applications should seek advice from Miss Jess.


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Jessica Ann School of Dancing is a fresh, friendly Dance School in Ipswich, and provides excellent and specialized dance training for all ages and styles of performing arts.