In a nutshell
Taking a scientific approach to movement, its function and implications on the health of the human body, this Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) from the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), 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. Students will learn how to apply scientific principles to dance movements and develop a greater understanding of dance techniques and apply health science knowledge to improve dance performance.
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 (with selected subjects available online) at ACPE.
Study dance at ACPE
What you’ll need
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 60 (calculated from the highest 6 units completed) or equivalent; OR
- Hold a qualification from a recognised higher education provider; OR
- Hold an associate diploma or higher from a recognised VET provider; OR
- Have completed at least one year full-time or equivalent in a degree from an Australian university; OR
- Satisfy entry requirements specified under formal articulation agreements as determined by the ACPE academic board; OR
- A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English; OR
- emonstration 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)
In this health science course, the subjects you will study include:
- Foundations of Dance (Work Integrated Learning - WIL)
- Understanding Health
- Chemistry I
- Application of Maths and Statistics for Health and Sport
- Dance Composition 1
- Biology I
- Musculoskeletal Anatomy & Physiology
- Biochemistry and Nutrition
- Dance History
- Classical Dance Styles
- Systems Anatomy & Physiology
- Applied Exercise Physiology
- Popular Dance Styles
- Dance and Somatics
- Principles of Health Promotion
- Dance Composition II
- Professional Integrity
- Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
- Research Design and Epidemiology
- Research in Action (Dance)
- Health and Physical Assessments
Students undertake one of the following three electives:
- Small Business Management Principles
- Exercise Prescription Throughout the Lifespan
- Dance Performance
Why Australian College of Physical Education?
The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is one of Australia’s leading education providers when it comes to all things sports management, applied fitness, dance and physical education. Students here will graduate with the training to work as fitness professionals as well as the knowledge to manage their own businesses.
ACPE is one of the oldest higher education providers in NSW, providing a premier learning experience for over 100 years. By gaining your qualification at ACPE, you will receive a nationally recognised credential and have access to world-class athletic facilities and training that draws in students from all over the globe.
A key value for the team at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) is to ensure their staff and students are well supported and are encouraged to develop both personally and professionally.
ACPE has a Student Learning Services (SLS) resource centre which is a student’s hub for all things relating to academic skills and success throughout their studies. Students also have access to SMARTTHINKING - an online service that gives students 24-hour access to academic tutors and resources.
This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations: