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Bachelor of Dance Education

Australian College of Physical Education

CRICOS provider number: 01822J TEQSA provider ID: PRV12066

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The Bachelor of Dance Education is a specialist professional qualification that is unique in Australia equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills to become qualified to teach Dance and PDHPE in the secondary school system, or apply their skills and knowledge in other educational contexts

Students simultaneously broaden their experience in dance and in physical and health education, in an environment that focuses on educational pedagogy. Both teaching areas are supported by the study of personal development, health, and the anatomy of the human body.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is offered as a parallel course of study, enabling students to qualify in a second teaching method and a key learning area in secondary schools. The Bachelor of Dance Education is endorsed by the NSW Department of Education.

Areas of study

Dance, physical and health education.

Career opportunities

Dance teacher (secondary schools), PDHPE teacher (secondary schools), specialist dance and/or PE primary school teacher, dance instructor (private studio), dance coordinator (arts industry), community wellness officer (dance).

Professional recognition

Accredited by NSW Education and Standards Authority (NESA).

Practical experience

Includes a professional experience component of 85 days in NSW schools.

Fees and charges

Refer to ACPE latest fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Minimum age: 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.

Questionnaire: Applicants must successfully complete the Suitability to Teach Questionnaire.

Literacy and numeracy skills: Applicants must sign a form acknowledging that they understand the AITSL and NESA regulations requiring them to demonstrate literacy and numeracy capacities commensurate with the top 30% of the population through the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE). The LANTITE test is administered by ACER (at applicant's cost) and must be passed prior to commencing their final professional experience.

Inherent requirements: Students must meet essential components of this course (capabilities, knowledge, skills) to achieve the course learning outcomes.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education 

Assumed Knowledge: 2 units of English, experience and training in dance.

Other applicants

Refer to the ACPE general admission information

English language requirements: All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements for their chosen course of study.

Computer literacy: All applicants for entry to any course must meet minimum computer literacy standards as determined by the college, have a personal email account and unrestricted access to the internet.

Working with Children Check: For courses that involve work integrated learning where students may deal with children (ie under 18 years of age) a valid Working with Children Check must be supplied to the college prior to the student undertaking coursework. Applicants who anticipate failing a Working with Children Check should not apply for course entry.

Direct entry

To be considered for direct entry to the Bachelor of Dance Education, applicants who have completed Year 12 must meet one of the following requirements:

  • a minimum of three NSW HSC Band 5 results, including one in English, or
  • completion of bridging units equivalent to a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including English (as approved by NESA), or
  • completion of a NESA-approved alternative entry pathway, or
  • have completed a higher degree.

Applicants can also be considered for direct entry into the Bachelor of Dance Education if they meet the following ACPE education requirements:

  • completed four (4) HSC subjects, one being Standard English or a Higher English and with a minimum Band 3 for all 4 units.

Progression Requirements for applicants admitted via the ACPE education requirements:

Students can only progress to the second year of the course if they:

  • pass all eight (8) first year discipline units; and
  • have completed the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students (LANTITE); and
  • have an interview with the Head of Department Education and Dance to discuss progression into the second year

Students who do not meet these progression requirements will transfer to the Bachelor of Dance Practice.

Indirect entry

Initial Teacher Education degree applicants who do not meet the direct entry requirements may be considered for entry via the indirect entry pathway program. Students must enrol in the Bachelor of Dance Practice and may be permitted to transfer to the second year of the Bachelor of Dance Education under the following conditions:

  • pass all eight first-year units in the linked degree
  • achieve a minimum credit average in the first eight units, or
  • if an overall credit average is not achieved in the first eight units of the linked degree, pass the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students (LANTITE) at their own cost.

The College reserves the right to refuse entry to any applicant based on an individual’s inability to demonstrate to its satisfaction suitability for entry into an ITE program.

Additional criteria – dance courses

Dance Workshop: Students applying to enter these courses must meet the requirements under one of the categories above. Applicants for Dance degrees are expected to have experience and training in Dance, which may include Dance as a HSC subject. Students will be required to attend a dance workshop prior to enrolment. Through the dance workshops, we will be able to assess the level of your dance skills and assign appropriate level tutorial group. Students are encouraged to disclose pre-existing injuries which may affect your study.

Dance workshops are held on a regular basis. Read further information and register for a dance workshop.

Advanced standing

Applicants may request recognition of prior learning (RPL). Applications for RPL will be assessed on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the college's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Further information

View all details of this course on the ACPE website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2024)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

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