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Admission Criteria

All applicants must meet the general admissions criteria. In addition, entry into ACPE Dance and Education degrees also require special entry requirements.

ACPE recognises that many students in Years 11 and 12 may have been impacted by the disruption caused by the COVID19 pandemic. This may in turn affect their results and ATARs in Year 12.  Students who intend to enrol at ACPE in 2021 may apply on the basis of their Year 11 results together with a letter of recommendation from the school.  Students are still required to complete the HSC and submit their results upon commencement.

General admissions criteria

Applicants must meet at least ONE of the following criteria to be considered for admission. For applicants unable to meet the general admission requirements below, please read this information

  • A minimum NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent. ACPE will review results to determine if students require any additional support in their studies and will be counselled about the most appropriate course for them based on their previous studies and results.
  • Students who do not fully meet these requirements may be enrolled in an ACPE Foundation unit (at no cost to the student) for one semester.  In these instances a student may not enrol in any other units until the student has passed the Foundation unit in the first semester.  Once a student has passed the first unit, the student may then formally be accepted into the degree
  • A qualification from a recognised higher education provider
  • An Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Tertiary Preparation Certificate from a TAFE or other recognised VET provider qualification (Students wishing to enter through Certificate IV must have completed Year 11 or equivalent)
  • One year full-time or equivalent in a degree course at an Australian university
  • Satisfaction of entry requirements specified under formal articulation arrangements as determined by the ACPE Academic Board
  • A recognised overseas qualification with demonstrated proficiency in English
  • Demonstration to the Dean’s satisfaction 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)

Special entry requirements


Applicants for the Bachelor of Dance Education, Bachelor of Dance Practice and Bachelor of Health Science (Dance) are required to attend an audition and achieve a satisfactory outcome. Please contact an enrolment advisor on 1300 302 867 to apply for a dance audition.

Prospective students need to demonstrate skills and attributes at an audition in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome for entry into the qualification. The criteria for a successful Dance audition and acceptance into one of the three Dance courses is linked to standards of dance technique and dance composition. Students are evaluated on their ability to achieve the minimum standard required for Year 1.

These criteria include:

  • Fitness for dance: (strength, endurance, flexibility)
  • Alignment, coordination and self-use
  • Ability to learn and remember new movement patterns and sequences
  • Accuracy and clarity of execution
  • Performance presence / quality
  • Composition: inventiveness and readiness generating unique movement relative to an idea

Education and Dance Education

To enter directly into the Bachelor of Education (Physical & Health Education) course or the Bachelor of Dance Education course, an applicant must meet one of the following criteria;

  • Achieve at least three (3) NSW HSC Band 5 results, including one in English or
  • Pass bridging units benchmarked to a NSW HSC Band 5 result or
  • Enrol in an accredited degree and pass a full year of academic studies in the subjects you will teach or
  • Complete a NESA approved alternative entry pathway as advised by your prospective university.

    Graduate Diploma

    Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • A Bachelor degree in a relevant area.
    • An Advanced Diploma, Diploma or higher level vocational certificate with additional relevant work experience.
    • Extensive relevant work or educational experience demonstrating potential to undertake work at the Graduate Diploma level.

    Such students may be accepted to the Graduate Certificate and can progress to the Graduate Diploma on successful completion of the four Graduate Certificate subjects.

    Mature Age Entry

    If you finished High School a few years ago and are now thinking about studying again – we can help.

    The Mature Age Entry pathway is a formal admissions process.  Being of “mature age” does not automatically qualify you for entry into ACPE courses.

    It is intended for individuals who wish to enter university for the first time but who have not been enrolled in Year 12 in the last two years.

    You can apply for entry as a mature age student if:

    • You will be 21 years or older on 1 March of the year you intend to enrol at ACPE.
    • You do not have an ATAR for admission to any course but have completed an
    • HSC or equivalent
    • a Year 11 and Cert IV.
    • You do not have any records of previous study at undergraduate level
    • You have completed a Tertiary Preparation course in the last two years.

    Also, additional criteria apply for entry to some degrees, for example an audition for dance programs and entry requirements for Education degrees.

    • Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on the basis of the work experience relevant to the course, determined by the type and level of employment, details of the employer and length of employment.  References or a statement from the employer substantiating claims of employment are required.
    • Applicants will be required to submit a short statement how they will use the knowledge, skills, abilities and personal qualities they have gained through their life and work experience to succeed in their chosen course.  (please create a form fill).
    • ACPE will also accept the STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) as evidence.  The STAT will be held on several occasions during the year. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) administers the STAT, and you must register with ACER directly.  The STAT is a 2 hour aptitude test that demonstrates your capability of undertaking tertiary study. You will need a minimum of  140 in the Verbal section and a minimum of 160 in the Written English section. You can book a test on the ACER website here:   A STAT test information guide is available on the website:
    • If you have existing qualifications, you may be able to receive credit for previous studies. (link to RPL form)

    Prepare the following documents:

    • A current resume
    • Certified copy of your Australian citizenship document or Australian Passport / birth certificate
    • Reference from your current employer indicating your ability to apply yourself to tertiary studies.
    • A 500 word statement indicating what you wish to study, how your experience has prepared you and how you intend to apply yourself to your studies, and what your intentions are once you have completed the course.
    • Lodge your application by the closing date for the relevant semester.