Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Whether you’re leaving school or changing careers in Australia or overseas, you’ve probably got a lot of questions!

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General FAQ

In some degrees, like Education degrees, there are certain requirements that have to be met in order to gain direct entry to the degree.

In the case of education degrees, it requires 3 Band 5 scores one of which has to be English.

A pathway course allows you to demonstrate that you will be able to meet the professional requirements and are able to cope with the demands of undergraduate study. Units done in the pathway course are identical to the first year units in the Education degree. This means that you can transfer to the Education degree after the first year with credit for units completed if you meet all the requirements. This is often described as Indirect Entry. You would have to have passed all 8 units in the first year with a credit average and if you have not achieved a credit average, then pass the LANTITE test.

An ITE course is an Initial Teacher Education course which covers the Professional Standards and the course framework.

Applicants for ITE courses must meet both the academic entry requirements of the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) or their equivalent AND be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the College their suitability for entry into an ITE program.
To be admitted directly into an ITE course, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
  • a minimum of three (3) NSW HSC Band 5 results, including one in English; or
  • the completion of bridging units equivalent to a minimum of 3 Band 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by NESA; or
  • the completion of a Bachelor-level or higher degree at an accredited higher education institution; or
  • the completion of a NESA approved alternative entry pathway.
All applicants for ITE courses must sign a letter acknowledging that AITSL and NESA regulations require them to demonstrate literacy and numeracy capacities commensurate with the top 30% of the population through the LANTITE test by ACER at their own cost prior to commencing the final professional experience placement.
  • Teaching in secondary schools as a PHE teacher
  • Sport Development Officer
  • Public Health
  • Sports Management Officer
  • Sport and Recreation Officer
  • Club Development Officer to build sport participation in a community
  • Community Engagement Officer
We would recommend that you have studied PHE in School. To be admitted directly into an ITE course, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
  • a minimum of three (3) NSW HSC Band 5 results, including one in English; or
  • the completion of bridging units equivalent to a minimum of 3 Band 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by NESA; or
  • the completion of a Bachelor-level or higher degree at an accredited higher education institution; or
  • the completion of a NESA approved alternative entry pathway.

The National Skills Commission data indicates that a Secondary school teacher (ANZSCO ID 2414) generally earns approximately $2052 per week.  https://labourmarketinsights.gov.au/occupation-profile/secondary-school-teachers?occupationCode=2414

Coaching can be a career or you can pursue it as a part time interest at a local sport club in your sport of choice.

Great opportunities arise from engaging with your local sporting clubs and associations.  Volunteer and get involved in the sport – this will build your network.   If you want a coaching career, you should pursue further education in coaching, sport development, exercise science or strength and conditioning. 

Many sport study options have coach certification requirements.  Sport coaches primarily focus on improving athlete performance but also need to take a holistic approach to develop and improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of athletes to enhance their competitive performance in their sport of choice. 

The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)  offers two Sports Coaching degrees – the Bachelor of Sports Coaching (management) and the Bachelor of Sport Coaching (Strength and Conditioning).

A good way to determine whether or not you will have a quality experience at a university or college is to look at the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT) data. This survey will indicate what students have said about their experience at a provider.  In particular you can look at the Quality of the Overall Undergraduate Student Experience rating in the Student Experience Survey (SES) which can be found on the ComparEd website.  It also gives scores for teaching quality and support among other key metrics. You can compare the scores of institutions.

https://www.compared.edu.au/

ACPE is an independent institution of Higher Education.  The difference between ACPE and a University is that ACPE is private and most universities are public institutions with a wider range of discipline areas.  

As a leading Health, Sport, Education and Dance provider in Australia, ACPE is tends to focus on niche areas that are combined with experience placements. This has enabled graduates to find immediate employment.  

To be a university under the Higher Education Category standards, a provider has to have a larger number of discipline areas among other criteria.  However, our degrees are fully accredited by TEQSA and are recognised in the same way as those of large public providers.

Yes, ACPE’s degrees are fully accredited by TEQSA and relate to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

ACPE is a registered CRICOS provider and has several courses which are open to international students.  Courses which have a CRICOS code are those which are open to international enrolments.

ACPE has a team of friendly student enrolment advisors who are available to assist you.  We also recommend that you visit the campus and meet with the academic team – especially on open days or experience days.  This will help you to find the best course for you. 

ACPE is a registered CRICOS provider and has several courses which are open to international students.  Courses which have a CRICOS code are those which are open to international enrolments.

To become a dance teacher in NSW schools you need to complete an Education degree and meet the Education degree entry requirements and LANTITE requirements.  ACPE is the only provider in Australia who offers a Bachelor of Dance Education.

You can apply to ACPE on our website or via UAC.  You are also welcome to visit the campus and speak to our enrolment team who can assist you to find the best course.

ACPE is not ATAR dependent.  We look beyond your ATAR because we know that there is more to you than just a rank.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements are able to apply for FEE Help loans from the Government.  Students are also able to pay their fees directly to ACPE.

ACPE has two intakes a year – one in March (Semester 1) and one in August (Semester 2).

To become a dance teacher in NSW schools you need to complete an Education degree and meet the education degree entry requirements and LANTITE requirements.  ACPE is the only provider in Australia who offers a Bachelor of Dance Education.

Some degrees are delivered fully online, others have online units.  It depends on the degree.  International students cannot study fully online degrees in Australia.

A full time load is four units per semester.   You also have the option of completing your course part time or online.

Sometimes a reduced load per semester can impact your completion time, and may affect government benefits.  We recommend speaking to our advisors to ensure that you are set up for success.  Sometimes a reduced load is in your best interest.

To become a physiotherapist, you would need to complete an accredited Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy or if you have completed a science based bachelor degree, you can complete a two year masters’ degree in physiotherapy.

 

Physiotherapists are required to be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia before they can practice.  Students can apply for this after graduation through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Physiotherapists are required to complete 20 hours of continued professional development (CPD) annually.

The key to career in the sport industry is to engage with the industry while you study.  

This will allow you to build up your professional network while you study and gain valuable industry experience.  ACPE believes that your career starts on the day you enrol.  The secret is to engage with our industry partners and use every opportunity available to you, and that’s why you will have the chance to participate in experience placements. So once you complete your studies, you’ll almost be guaranteed a job! 

The Bachelor of Sport Business is a business degree that will cover all the important elements of a business degree but applied within the context of sport.

Our auditions are important because it allows us to assess your current skill levels and screen for potential injuries which may affect your academic performance and dancing.

Student FAQ

Students who meet the eligibility requirements are able to apply for a FEE HELP loan from the government.  Or, if you are not eligible, then a payment plan can be arranged.  Talk to our team about payment options that are available to you. 

We strongly encourage students to volunteer in activities.  Events with partners in the industry or on campus events bring valuable opportunities for networking, building relationships and gaining valuable skills and experience.

ACPE has a range of support services for all students.

You should contact CORPIT or visit IT student support on level 3.  

You can approach Student Services for support and advice when you have lost your ID card.

Yes, ACPE has career advisors on campus.

If you are an Australian citizen, on a New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements, then you may be eligible to apply for FEE HELP.

There are several requirements, so please read them carefully to determine your eligibility.

Note, the FEE HELP loan does not cover costs like accommodation, laptops or textbooks and can only be used for tuition fees.

The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan directly to the student’s education provider, in this case ACPE. Students then repay their loan through the Australian taxation system once their income rises above the minimum threshold for compulsory repayment. It is also important for you to meet the pass rate requirements to remain eligible for FEE HELP.  Please refer to the Study Assist website for more information.

To apply for a FEE-HELP loan, you must submit the Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) on or before the census date of your first enrolment period. The form will require your Unique Student Identifier (USI) and tax file number (TFN).

Further information about FEE-HELP and its administration at ACPE is available from the Policies and Procedures section on the ACPE website.

To apply for a FEE-HELP loan, you must submit the Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) on or before the census date of your first enrolment period. The form will require your Unique Student Identifier (USI) and tax file number (TFN).

You can study a reduced load (fewer than 4 units).  You should be aware that this will affect the completion time and may affect AUSTUDY payments.

In some circumstances a student may be considered for an extra unit.  However, this is in exceptional circumstances and would require approval and a very strong academic record.

You can pay your fees up front.  You need to indicate that you will not using fee help but prefer to be a direct paying student.  You will then receive an invoice which will be payable on census date.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will receive a notification and a welcome letter (within 24 hours) which will contain your student email login details and your student ID.

Census date is the fourth Friday of each semester.  If you withdraw from a unit or a course after this date, you will be liable for the fees incurred.