UCAS Points

Whilst taking our dance classes students have the opportunity to accumulate UCAS points from their graded examinations, as well as having the opportunity to partake in award schemes such as the Gold Arts Award and The Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Vocational Grades are accredited by Ofqual and include Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. These examinations form a cohesive bridge between grade work and the dance profession to provide the basis for either a career as a dancer, or further training as a dance teacher.

RAD Ballet

If a Pass, Merit, High Merit, Distinction or High Distinction is achieved in grades 6, 7, 8, Intermediate or Advanced Foundation the student can achieve the following UCAS points. UCAS points can be used when applying for university or a higher education course.

ISTD Ballet

If a Pass, Merit or Distinction is achieved in grades 6 or Intermediate the student can achieve the following UCAS points. UCAS points can be used when applying for university or a higher education course.




High Merit


High Distinction

Grade 6

8 10 12 14 16

Grade 7

12 14 16 18 20

Grade 8

16 18 20 22 24


18 21 24 27 30


24 27 30 33 36






Grade 6

8 10 12


8 14 20


Arts Award

Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award.

  • Level 1 – Discover
  • Level 2 – Explore
  • Level 3 – Bronze
  • Level 4 – Silver
  • Level 5 – Gold

On completing this award the student gains UCAS points, which can contribute to their university or other higher education course applications.


Castle Street influenced my Gold Arts Award hugely in different sections of the award, it gave me the opportunity to learn a new skill, in my case acro, I also did my work experience and volunteering in helping the younger grades. I used my knowledge of dance in teaching a skill for which I created a musical theatre dance club at school and interviewed some teachers about an issue in the arts.

– Chloe Walker, Student

Duke of Edinburgh International Award

The DofE award is an adventurous challenge which can be used to enhance CVs and university applications. Open to ages 14-24, students can accomplish a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award by completing a wide range of activities in 4 or 5 modules depending on the award level. The modules include:

  • Volunteering 
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition 
  • Residential – Gold Level Only


Castle Street provided me with a great opportunity to complete each section of my Bronze DofE award (volunteering, skill and physical). For volunteering, I helped out with the younger students dance classes, assisting the teacher in caring for and teaching the children. This allowed me to develop my own skills and support others in a fun and rewarding environment. For physical, I attended my dance classes, each week growing in confidence and improving as a dancer with help from the teachers and my classmates. Finally, for skill, I attended acro classes. Here I was able to learn new moves and tricks every week surrounded by my supportive and encouraging peers.

– Maddie Harker, Alumni

Work Experience

We also offer work experience placements as Castle Street Dance Studios, suitable for students studying at GCSE, A Level, BTEC and University. If you are looking for somewhere to do your work experience contact us