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Bachelor of Dance Education

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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What you'll learn

Become a qualified dance teacher with ACPE.

About this course

The Bachelor of Dance Education course offers a comprehensive program of practical and theoretical training, and is ideally suited to individuals looking to pursue a career as a high school dance teacher.

Combining dance, health and teaching into one targeted degree, this course allows you to focus your training on dance teaching while covering a breadth of topics relevant to physical education and physical training.

ACPE offers this degree on campus study and the course content is delivered through a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, performance workshops, dance classes and individual tuition.

Campus location

This course is offered for study at the following location:

  • Sydney - 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127


To be eligible to enrol in this course, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have completed the NSW HSC with minimum average of 65 (calculated from the highest 10 units completed) or equivalent; AND
  • Have achieved at least three Band 5 results or higher, including one in NSW English or equivalent

Applicants are also required to attend a dance audition.

Areas of study

In this dance education course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Child and adolescent development
  • Foundations of dance
  • Dance history
  • Skill acquisition
  • Dance composition 1
  • Dance production
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Popular dance styles
  • Classroom skills 1
  • Classical dance styles
  • Understanding health
  • Practices in movement
  • Professional experience 1: orientation of teaching
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching dance 1
  • Dance analysis
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching in PDHPE 1
  • Elements of movement
  • Classroom skills 2
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching in PDHPE 2
  • Dance and technology
  • Contemporary youth health issues
  • Social influences and student diversity
  • Dance performance
  • Curriculum planning for learning and teaching dance 2
  • The application of teaching games
  • The inclusive classroom
  • Current issues in teaching
  • The art of dance teaching
  • Building resilience
  • Literacy for learning and teaching
  • Aboriginal education
  • Biomechanics of human movement
  • Dance composition 2
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s premier educational facilities for accredited courses in sport and fitness, sports education and dance. With its practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, ACPE provides students with a world-class education and is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport as an Elite Athlete Friendly Institution. It also offers extensive student support through FEE-HELP, academic assistance and a Career Development Program. ACPE is a registered higher education provider with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), offering TEQSA-accredited courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The staff at ACPE comprises both academics and industry professionals, each dedicated to ensuring you receive useful feedback and continual guidance. As a student of ACPE, you will receive ongoing support via the Academic Development Office (ADO), which offers a variety of education and career-related resources targeting professional development. The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Dance Education from the Australian College of Physical Education.

This qualification will enable you to pursue dance teaching as a career in the secondary school system, as well as other educational contexts.

Providing you with training in dance as an aspect of physical education, you will emerge from your studies ready to pursue employment in government and independent schools, private dance studios and community recreation centres.

Curious about where a career in fitness could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Dancer
  • Artistic Director
  • Performance Director
  • Dance Motivator
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Teacher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to help with the upfront costs of this course.

Affordable payment plans are also available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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