Australia’s first Bachelor of Dance Education! Delivered through ACPE, this is a specialist professional qualification that is unique in Australia. Units are provided by highly qualified and experienced professionals, empowering you with all the knowledge and skills to become qualified as a dance teacher and PDHPE teacher.
Combine dance, health, physical education, and teaching into one degree. Personal development, health, and physical education (PDHPE) are offered as a parallel course of study, enabling you to also qualify in a second teaching method and a key learning area in secondary schools.
It doesn’t matter what style of dance you prefer to teach or where, your industry-recognised qualification from ACPE will be your ticket to success. From tailoring classes in your dance studio to conducting performances in primary or high schools, the future looks bright for Bachelor of Dance Education graduates from ACPE.
We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE. Compared to other universities and education providers, for 2021, ACPE ranked number 1 for Education courses in Australia, for skills development and learning resources.
The Bachelor of Dance Education is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority.
CRICOS provider code (054156M)
Potential career outcomes could include:
- Dance teacher (secondary schools)
- PDHPE (secondary schools)
- Dance instructor (private studio)
- Dance coordinator (arts industry)
- Community wellness officer (dance)
- BlendedBlended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
- In-classIn class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
- OnlineOnline delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
- VirtualVirtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online
- New South Wales
- Olympic Park
Duration Study Load
- 4 years full-time and part-time equivalent
This course is available on campus with selected units available online. This dance course is taught via lectures, tutorials, dance classes, performance workshops, and seminars. Students also undertake four professional experience school placements.
Applicants for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses must meet both the academic entry requirements of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) – or their equivalent, AND be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of ACPE your suitability for entry into an ITE program. You may be granted direct or indirect entry into an Education degree.
To be admitted directly into an ITE course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- A minimum of three (3) NSW HSC band 5 results, including one in English; or
- the completion of bridging units equivalent to a minimum of 3 bands 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by NESA;
- or the completion of a Bachelor-level or higher degree at an accredited higher education institution;
- or the completion of a NESA-approved alternative entry pathway. The Bachelor of Dance Practice is ACPE’s NESA-approved pathway into Education.
If you do not meet the criteria for direct entry, you could be permitted to enrol in a linked undergraduate degree and apply for transfer at the end of the first year of study under the following conditions:
- You pass all first-year units in the designated ACPE degree with an overall credit average; or
- if a credit average is not attained, have completed all first-year subjects of the designated ACPE degree and pass the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Literacy and Numeracy test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE); or
- have a credit average in a full year of academic studies at another institution in a degree with ACPE-equivalent and relevant discipline subjects.
In addition, all applicants for ITE courses must sign a letter acknowledging that AITSL and NESA regulations that require you to demonstrate adequate literacy and numeracy capacities. You will need to complete a LANTITE test by ACER, done at your own cost.
All applicants must complete a dance workshop before entry.
ACPE offers a range of alternative entry pathways to help you enter a degree. If you are looking to turn your passion for dance and education into a career, an industry-recognised qualification from ACPE will give you the foundation you need.
- All applicants must meet minimum computer literacy standards as determined by ACPE and have unrestricted access to the internet and a personal email account. Domestic applicants must be 18 years of age or turn 18 within their first semester of study. International applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements for their chosen course of study.
- For courses that involve work-integrated learning where you may deal with children (i.e. under 18 years of age) such as Education courses, applicants require a valid “Working with Children Check” which needs to be supplied to ACPE before you commence your course
Suitability for teaching
ACPE reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicant based on their inability to demonstrate to our satisfaction, suitability for entry into an ITE program. You must achieve a satisfactory outcome in the Suitability for Teaching Application.
Recognition Of Prior Learning
Recognition of prior learning acknowledges the skills and knowledge that students will bring to their studies at ACPE through previous education or employment experience.
ACPE will assess prior learning to grant credit towards an award, provided the prior learning is current and relevant to the learning outcomes of the award. The assessment for admission and/or credit transfer must be evidence-based, equitable, and academically defensible (TEQSA Threshold Standards).
ACPE may, at its discretion, set additional requirements for the recognition of prior learning, including testing, interviews, and portfolio submission.
While some subjects require mid-term and final exams, assessments may also comprise essays, research tasks, practical presentations and dance performances. Students enrolled in an online subject sit their final exam at the College or, if they live at a distance, under external supervision.
Katie DuynhovenBachelor of Dance Education
About Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)
Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is Australia's leading sport education provider that is renowned for its specialist accredited degree and diploma programs.
Since our story began in 1917, many students have become respected and admired sport professionals. ACPE’s work-ready experience placements, unit delivery with industry experts, Elite Athlete Program, and Scholarships are just some of the ways we help students reach their fullest potential and achieve a sustainable long-term career.
We outshine our competitors based on the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) Student Experience Survey, which is run by the Government. This is important because it tells you what our current students have said about their experiences at ACPE.
Compared to other universities and education providers, ACPE is rated in the top 15 for the overall quality of the student experience in 2021. We achieved a 94.4% rating for teaching quality, 88.5% for the quality of the overall student experience, and 92.9% for student support - significantly ahead - making ACPE the leading provider of sport, health, and dance courses in Australia.
Located at Sydney Olympic Park, we are surrounded by sport organisations and industry partners presenting opportunities at our doorstep. We are FEE-HELP approved and not ATAR dependent. Turn your passion for sport into a career. Why go anywhere else?
Check out the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)’s next Experience Day to see the hands-on experience you will receive when studying at ACPE & where it can take your career!
Date: Friday 15 December 2023
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: ACPE campus – 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127.
ACPE CRICOS provider code (01822J)