How necessary is a qualification in dance?

When students audition for professional work, their qualifications will not be a consideration.  They will audition and be chosen on the specific needs and requirements for that particular show.  The purpose of the qualification is not just to have something to show for a year/s study but to give students an opportunity for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if they go on to study a specific field of pursuit in the future.  The units of work have been specifically chosen to enhance a student's learning, to give them a greater understanding of how their bodies work and to ensure they are thinking, knowing students.  The additional theoretical studies include preparing for a career, knowing how to apply for funding for projects, understanding concepts of choreography, anatomy, music and more.