BAST Training's Singing teacher qualification

Quick overview

This singing teacher qualification will prepare singers with the skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching singing to all ages, sexes and ability levels.

Who is a singing teacher qualification for?

Primarily aimed at singers or professionals who want a singing teacher qualification. Also beneficial for those already teaching but want to further develop and gain a deeper understanding of the vocal instrument and how to teach singing effectively and safely.

It is suitable for candidates who wish to teach: 

  • one-to-one 
  • group settings
  • as a peripatetic teacher
  • in HE settings
  • in adult or community settings 
  • private, voluntary or community organisations
  • set up and run their own singing teaching practice

This singing teacher qualification is aimed at candidates looking to progress to a higher level of education. The unifying element of work within modern creative industries is the expectation for practitioners to undertake a portfolio career. This qualification belongs to a suite of qualifications that have been designed to encourage the professional development needed to navigate through a complex landscape of a performing arts career.

Awarding Body

BAST Training is an RSL Awards accredited Learning Centre. Operating in over 45 countries and certifying over 80,000 learners each year, RSL is is the leading provider of contemporary arts awards worldwide. Their qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual), in Wales by Qualifications Wales and in Scotland by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (RCF Regulated Qualification Framework) is the way of recognising achievement through the awarding of credits for qualifications and individual units.


Our aim is to provide a flexible route to gaining singing teacher qualifications and enabling progression to be achieved in smaller steps.

The course is delivered weekly via the online LMS Canvas and consists of a combination of videos, practical tasks, assessments, live online tutorials and masterclasses. Each module runs over 10 weeks + 1 week for assessments.

Learners will also have access to a tutor or mentor for the course duration. In addition you will be able to access the BAST Training community and membership, which has additional learning resources.

Singing Teacher Qualifications available

The qualification is delivered at Level 5 and awards the learner 120 Credits. The final qualification will be awarded upon successful completion of a specified number of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) at each level. A Level 5 qualification is equivalent in standard to the second year of a university degree.

The final awards are:

  • Certificate
  • Extended Certificate
  • Subsidiary Diploma
  • Diploma
  • Extended Diploma

Unit Summary

There is flexibility

The qualifications are designed to give learners academic flexibility. For example, a learner who has completed the units required for a Certificate can build on this and work towards an Extended Certificate (by completing an additional unit), or towards a Subsidiary Diploma or Diploma by completing further units. Similarly, learners working towards a Diploma may subsequently decide to discontinue their studies after having achieved sufficient units to be awarded the Extended Certificate or Certificate.

Start dates and duration

There are four start dates in the months of January, April, July and September. Each unit is ten weeks of guided learning and one week of assessment.

There is flexibility in terms of course duration. Candidates may complete a course over a duration that suits their schedule. The shortest duration for the Extended Diploma is six months; the longest is three years.

The normal duration for the Extended Diploma (6 units) is one year completing two units per term (10 weeks + assessment week).

The maximum duration to complete all 6 units for the Extended Diploma is three years (12 terms) from the start of the first unit. Single units must be completed in the allocated term.


Extended Diploma = £3300 deposit 20% then 12 x instalments to be paid in full before final results and certificates are issued. We offer 5% bursary on total fee for students opting to pay in full up front.

£550 per module. Payment plan available, full amount due by term start date.

How to apply for for the singing teacher qualification

Firstly, we advise prospective candidates to do their research to decide if this is the right time to commit to a singing teacher qualification. Read through the full prospectus and look through our website to get a feel for what we do and who we are.

You can book a free consultation call with us if you have further questions. Click button below to book: 

When you are ready, apply online through our application process.

Successful applicants will then be invited to an interview. This is an informal conversation with a course tutor or members of the admissions team. You will be asked about your motivations for becoming a singing teacher and for undertaking this course. Candidates may need to provide evidence of qualifications such as GCSEs, A Levels, BTECs, undergrad courses and evidence of professional singing experience.

At times the candidate may be required to do an assessment (e.g. piano or singing skills) or submit additional evidence to gauge suitability for the course.

What past grads say

Before training with BAST, I found it difficult to make sense of many key concepts as I had drawn my knowledge from so many sources over the years. I often struggled to explain certain things to my students, and this fuelled a feeling of ‘imposter syndrome’ surrounding my teaching. The BAST course has completely transformed the way I teach. It has helped me build a solid foundation of knowledge that I know will serve me well for years to come.


The course is packed with wonderful information. It’s a really great launchpad that can take you in so many directions. After completing the course I feel 100 times more confident and qualified to really make a difference to my students. The support and resources available are extremely valuable.


I am so happy I decided to to the BAST course! Having all this knowledge makes me feel so empowered and I can’t wait to use all of it for my own singing career and to help my future students. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in vocal physiology and singing!


The course demystified the process of teaching and gave me a clear idea of what I needed to know and what I should expect. I found the introduction to vocal anatomy so useful and appreciated being encouraged to teach as we learn.


BAST helped me realise my potential as a singing teacher and gave me the confidence to put myself forward for teaching positions I never thought I’d be capable of. The pace and content of the course were fantastic, and I know I will be using the resources I received for the rest of my teaching career.