Bachelor of Health Science (Dance)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: On Campus
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 3 years full time or part-time equivalent
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

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About this course

Taking a scientific approach to movement, its function and implications on the health of the human body, this Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) offers a new perspective on dance as both a form of art and exercise.

Focusing on the physiology and biomechanics of choreography and dance styles, this course provides you with a deep understanding of the functions of the body and how best to condition it through exercise.

The course is ideally suited to those wishing to pursue a career in dance below the level of elite performer, and is offered on campus at ACPE’s Sydney Olympic Park facilities.

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.
  • Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider.
  • Hold an Associate Diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider.
  • Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university.
  • Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board.
  • Demonstrate to the Dean’s satisfaction that you are capable of succeeding in this course through relevant work experience and are motivated to study.

Areas of study

In this health science course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Understanding health
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Foundations of dance
  • Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology
  • Application of maths and statistics for health and sport
  • Biochemistry and nutrition
  • Dance composition 1
  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Systems anatomy and physiology
  • Classical dance styles
  • Dance history
  • Principles of health promotion
  • Biomechanics
  • Popular dance styles
  • Dance and somatics
  • Research design and epidemiology
  • Human pathophysiology and pharmacology
  • Dance composition 2
  • Professional integrity
  • Psychology
  • Health and physical assessment
  • Research in action (dance)
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  • Dance performance
  • Small business management
  • Exercise prescription throughout the lifespan

How will this course advance my career?

This qualification will allow you to pursue a career that combines your passion for dance with a deeper understanding of health sciences. Such a unique skillset qualifies you to work across both the public and private sectors to promote the growing interest in dance and its health benefits.

Possible career avenues include employment as a:

  • Dance instructor
  • Community wellness officer
  • Dance studio adviser
  • Yoga or Pilates instructor

How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from the Australian College of Physical Education.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

Alternatively, payment plans are available.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

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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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 based at Sydney Olympic Park, offering a centralised sports hub with Olympic level athletic facilities.

Campus location
Sydney – 10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127
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. Upon enrolment you will gain access to SMARTHINKING, an online learning portal that provides 24/7 access to academic tutors and resources.

The college’s unique location also provides students with unrivalled access to state-of-the-art facilities at Sydney Olympic Park.

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