Australian College of Physical Education

Australian College of Physical Education

ACPE is Australia’s leading provider of specialist undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the related disciplines of health science, applied fitness, sports and business, education and dance. As an independent tertiary institution located in the centre of Sydney’s internationally renowned Olympic Park precinct, ACPE attracts individuals from around Australia and the world who wish to launch or further their careers in the sports sector and its related professions.

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) offers bachelor degrees and graduate diplomas in sport, fitness, health science, community health, dance and physical education. Established in 1917, our vision is to continue to be recognised as a leading national provider of innovative career education in sport, physical activity, and health.

Recognised as an Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) by Sport Australia, ACPE is proud to have supported student athletes to strive for academic and sporting excellence, providing the highest level of service to elite athletes.

You don’t need to be a school leaver (or wait for your results) to apply to enrol with ACPE. Our courses are direct entry, meaning that no matter who you are, you can apply to study immediately with us.

Admission criteria

All applicants must meet the general admissions criteria. In addition, entry into ACPE Dance and Education degrees also require special entry requirements.

General admissions criteria

Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following criteria to be considered for admission. For applicants unable to meet the general admission requirements below, please read this information.

  • A minimum NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) average of 60 (calculated from the average of the highest 10 units completed) or equivalent
  • A qualification from a recognised higher education provider
  • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification (Students wishing to enter through Certificate IV must have completed Year 11 or equivalent)
  • One year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at an Australian university
  • Satisfaction of entry requirements specified under formal articulation arrangements as determined by the ACPE Academic Board
  • A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English
  • Demonstration to the Dean’s satisfaction of good selection prospects as a student (for example, relevant work experience and motivation to study), and ineligibility to compete for admission based on the academic achievement criteria (1) to (6).
Special entry requirements


Applicants for the Bachelor of Dance EducationBachelor of Dance Practice and Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) are required to attend an audition and achieve a satisfactory outcome. Please contact an enrolment advisor on 1300 302 867 to apply for a dance audition.

Prospective students need to demonstrate skills and attributes at an audition in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome for entry into the qualification. The criteria for a successful Dance audition and acceptance into one of the three Dance courses is linked to standards of dance technique and dance composition. Students are evaluated on their ability to achieve the minimum standard required for Year 1.

These criteria include:

  • Fitness for dance: (strength, endurance, flexibility)
  • Alignment, coordination and self-use
  • Ability to learn and remember new movement patterns and sequences
  • Accuracy and clarity of execution
  • Performance presence / quality
  • Composition: inventiveness and readiness generating unique movement relative to an idea.

Education and Dance Education

To enter directly into the Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education) course or the Bachelor of Dance Education course, an applicant must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Achieve at least three (3) NSW HSC Band 5 results, including one in English or
  • Pass bridging units benchmarked to a NSW HSC Band 5 result or
  • Enrol in an accredited degree and pass a full year of academic studies in the subjects you will teach or
  • Complete a NESA approved alternative entry pathway as advised by your prospective university.

Graduate Diploma

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant area.
  • An Advanced Diploma, Diploma or higher level vocational certificate with additional relevant work experience.
  • Extensive relevant work or educational experience demonstrating potential to undertake work at the Graduate Diploma level.

Such students may be accepted to the Graduate Certificate and can progress to the Graduate Diploma on successful completion of the four Graduate Certificate subjects.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

ACPE encourages lifelong learning and provides the opportunity for students to have previous learning recognised for advanced standing in their courses (including formal, informal and non-formal 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.

The College will assess Prior Learning for the purpose of granting Credit towards an Award, provided the Prior learning is current and relevant to the Learning Outcomes of the Award. The assessment of Prior Learning for the purposes of admission and/or credit transfer will be evidence-based, equitable and academically defensible (TEQSA Threshold Standards). The precise nature of the evidence-based assessment may vary from discipline to discipline and assessments will be made on the merit of each individual case. The College may, at its discretion, set additional requirements for the Recognition of Prior Learning, including testing, interviews and portfolio submission.

For more information, please refer to the ACPE Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Financial assistance

The College is accredited as a Higher Education Provider (HEP) by the Commonwealth Government, allowing eligible domestic ACPE students to access FEE-HELP. The financial assistance packages available to assist students are detailed below. Full fee students are NOT eligible for HECS (the Higher Education Contribution Scheme).


FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees. The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan directly to the students Higher Education Provider, in this case ACPE. Students repay their loan through the Australian taxation system once their income rises above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. Additional information about the FEE-HELP loan scheme is available from the Government website. Specific information about FEE-HELP and its administration at ACPE is available from the Policies and Procedures section of the our website. The FEE-HELP Assistance Application Form and a hard copy of the Government’s FEE-HELP information booklet can be obtained from the college.

ACPE Payment Instalments

Students who pay fees directly to ACPE are not required to pay the semester’s tuition fees in full until the end of the semester in which they are enrolled. They can choose to make payment instalments after the semester’s census date until the semester end date in amounts and dates of their choosing.

Centrelink payments while you’re studying

Local students may qualify for Centrelink support payments while studying at ACPE. Students are normally required to be Australian residents and enrolled in at least 75% of the normal full-time study load. Further information about Centrelink support payments while studying can be obtained from Centrelink or by phoning the Centrelink national telephone number for enquiries on 13 24 90.

Tuition assurance

Tuition Assurance protects the interest of current and intending students of ACPE courses that lead to an accredited award in that it ensures students are given a suitable alternative course or have their fees refunded if the College cannot provide the course for which the student has paid.

 As of 1st of January 2018, and in accordance with the Department of Education’s interim arrangements, ACPE will be exempted from the requirement to meet Higher Education tuition assurance requirements. Instead, ACPE is required to comply with the interim arrangements which ensure similar tuition assurance protection is provided to students.  

The Department of Education’s tuition assurance scheme exemption only applies to domestic FEE-HELP students. Full-fee paying domestic students are protected under a payment in arrears arrangement, whereby students are only liable for tuition fees for units in which they have remained enrolled beyond census date at the end of the study period in which they are enrolled.  This is consistent with the refund arrangements for FEE-HELP students in which students are only liable for fees for units in which they have remained enrolled after census.

You can read the ACPE Limited Statement of Tuition Assurance Exemption here.

There have been no changes which apply to eligibility for FEE-HELP. Details of eligibility are published by the Australian Government on the StudyAssist website.

Student and campus services

ACPE is proud of its strong sense of community, with our Student Services team helping to make each and every student feel like part of the family. Whether it’s being responsible for providing support services, running student activities or maximising the college experience, the Student Services team are here to help. Based on-campus, these friendly staff are available throughout the week to assist you in any way they can.

So how can the Student Services team help you? By providing the following activities of course:

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Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)
10 Parkview Drive
Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127

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