The VCE VET Dance program is drawn from a national training package and offers portable qualifications which are recognised throughout Australia. These qualifications provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge to pursue a career or further training in the live performance industry.
Scored assessment is available for the scored Unit 3–4 sequence of the VCE VET Dance program.
2023 VCE VET Dance program structure.
CUA20120 Certificate II in Dance: is a preparatory qualification that allows learners to develop basic technical skills and knowledge to prepare for working in the live performance industry. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include trainee Indigenous dancer, trainee contemporary dancer or trainee musical theatre dancer.
Credit in the VCE (including VCE VM and VPC): recognition of up to five VCE VET units at Units 1 and 2 level.
CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance: this qualification reflects the role of those working as entry level dancers in the live performance industry. Learners are expected to demonstrate the application of foundational skills and knowledge for routine activities expected for dance and live performance contexts. Job roles that relate to this qualification may include ensemble dancer.
Credit in the VCE (including VCE VM and VPC): recognition of a scored VCE VET Unit 3–4 sequence and an additional non-scored VCE VET Unit 3–4 sequence.
Note: Students entering Certificate III in Dance must complete an audition or provide evidence which demonstrates their competence in at least two dance styles equivalent to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 2 or above. Students are advised against undertaking the Unit 3–4 sequence without first completing CUAWHS111 Follow safe dance practices and CUAWHS211 Develop a basic level of physical fitness for dance performances.
The VCE VET Dance program booklet contains information relating to the qualifications approved by the VCAA for delivery to VCE (including VCE VM and VPC) students.
It includes advice on the units of competency making up the program and the credit available for students.
It also provides advice on Structured Workplace Learning, the ATAR contribution and pathways to further learning.
2023 VCE VET Dance program booklet.
The program booklet should be read in conjunction with the
CUA Training Package.
VCE VET Dance Supplementary Advice
The VCE VET Dance Supplementary Advice resource provides training and assessment guidance for the VCE VET Dance program, Units 1 to 4. This publication contains advice for dance teachers about developing delivery sequences, learning activities and strategies for performance exam preparation. It can be used as a tool to improve delivery and provides insight into the performing arts sector.
VCE VET Dance Supplementary Advice
Scored assessment is available for CUA30120 Certificate III in Dance.
Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for VCE VET Dance must undertake scored assessment. This consists of three coursework tasks, worth 50% of the overall study score, and a performance examination worth 50% of the overall study score.
Scored assessment is based on the scored Unit 3–4 sequence of VCE VET Dance.
The scored Unit 3–4 sequence of the VCE VET Dance program must be delivered and assessed in a single enrolment year.
Materials for scored assessment
VCE VET Scored Assessment Guide.
2023 VCE VET Dance assessment plan template and sample.
VCE VET scoring criteria sheets.
View assessment templates for task types:
Task type overview.
Examination specifications, past examinations and reports
VCE VET Dance examination specifications, past examinations and reports.
Students wishing to receive an ATAR contribution for the VCE VET Dance program Unit 3–4 sequence must undertake scored assessment for the purpose of achieving a study score. This study score can contribute directly to the ATAR, either as one of the student's best four studies (the primary four) or as a fifth or sixth study increment.
Where a student elects not to receive a study score for a scored Unit 3–4 sequence no contribution to the ATAR will be available.
Where an additional non-scored Unit 3–4 sequence is undertaken students may be eligible for a fifth or sixth study increment.
The increment is awarded by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC).
Further information can be found on the
Where a scored Unit 3–4 sequence is used as an increment, the increment will be calculated using 10% of the scaled score.
Where an additional non-scored Unit 3–4 sequence is used as an increment, the increment will be calculated using 10% of the fourth study score of the primary four.
Structured workplace learning recognition
The VCAA provides recognition for Structured Workplace Learning for students undertaking VCE VET programs.
Workplace Learning Record booklets.
VCE VET Dance State Reviewer
VCE VET state reviewers are appointed for scored VCE VET programs.
Swinburne Senior Secondary College
VCE Season of Excellence
High quality works created by students who complete this VCE VET program are eligible to apply for the VCE Season of Excellence. For further information, visit