Course summary

Graduates of this combined degree can teach in both primary and secondary schools (Kindergarten to Year 12), significantly expanding their career opportunities. Students complete curriculum studies in six key learning areas for primary school teaching and one secondary teaching subject in English, mathematics, geography or modern history.

Entry into our teaching degrees is based on an indicative ATAR of 70 or OP of 13 with no additional prerequisite entry requirements. Our education degrees are combined with a Bachelor of Arts to ensure a comprehensive foundation for our educations students in relevant discipline areas like mathematics, English and science. Our suite of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education combined degrees enable students to commence first year foundation studies which meet the new English, mathematics and science requirements. Our foundation studies provide a solid base of knowledge in six key learning areas, including literacy and numeracy. Graduates will be equipped to teach in early childhood, primary or secondary settings, depending on their chosen course.

Starting in their second year, and continuing throughout the remainder of their degree, students study curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies. This includes discipline studies in their chosen secondary teaching subject. They also begin significant blocks of professional teaching experiences in primary and secondary schools to thoroughly prepare them for teaching practice.

These experiences give students the opportunity to put theory into practice and to observe and reflect on the dynamics of the education environment. Students graduate with the broad capabilities to increase employment opportunities in schools and other education-related fields. 

In order to teach in secondary schools, students must undertake eight units including two secondary curriculum specialisations units and six units from one of the following areas:

  • English (L, O)
  • Mathematics (O)
  • Modern History (O)
  • Geography (L, O)

L = Lismore, O = Online

Some units may include on-campus workshops. Availability of units may be subject to change.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate analytical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills which show broad understanding and depth relevant to the education profession.

Creativity

Demonstrate an ability to identify and solve problems with intellectual independence.

Demonstrate an ability to develop innovative and creative responses to challenges in an educational setting.

Ethical practice

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical, legal and human rights principles in education settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to legislative requirements and codes of conduct relevant to the education profession.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the relevant curriculum frameworks.

Demonstrate a solid knowledge of the pedagogy of effective educational practice.

Lifelong learning

Demonstrate the capacity for self-reflective learning and critical thinking with responsibility and accountability in professional practice.

Demonstrate skills in maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills to keep currency with pedagogical practice and professional development.

Communication and social skills

Communicate clearly, coherently and independently with exposition of knowledge and ideas in both oral and written forms.

Demonstrate teamwork skills and leadership in professional and learning community settings.

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for diversity in others and self identify and apply proactive and inclusive strategies to encourage and support student engagement.

Students complete significant blocks of in-school supervised professional experiences throughout the degree to demonstrate their capabilities as school teachers.

Courses are accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Courses have national accreditation through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Usually, Australian teacher qualifications are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.


Course overview

Course code

3207312

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd(Prim/Sec)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Domestic duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

International duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour 1 330152 050551
Gold Coast 1 330162 050561
Lismore 1 330112 050511
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary) a candidate shall successfully complete:
    1. not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
      1. all eleven (11) units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units; and
      2. all thirteen (13) units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units; and
      3. one eight (8) unit First Teaching Subject from Part C of the Schedule of Units.
    2. Both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.
  2. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Educational Studies may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Educational Studies following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary).
  3. Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access and Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access and Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

PART A

EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
ENG10010 - Foundations: Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory

PART B Primary

ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
CAR10003 - Foundations: The Arts Introductory
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate

PART C Secondary


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
ENG00401 - Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing Intermediate
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
ENG00406 - Theories of Text and Culture Advanced
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
TCH10174 - Curriculum Specialisation: English I Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
TCH10175 - Curriculum Specialisation: English II Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
Session 2, Year 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
Session 1, Year 3
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Session 2, Year 3
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
Session 1, Year 4
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
EDU01145 - Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics I Intermediate
MAT10722 - Complex Analysis Advanced
Session 2, Year 4
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
EDU01146 - Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics II Advanced
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
HIS10016 - Making History Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
HIS10725 - US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization Introductory
Session 1, Year 3
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Session 2, Year 3
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
HIS10726 - Australian Cultural History Intermediate
Session 1, Year 4
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
HIS10018 - Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History Intermediate
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
TCH10007 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate
Session 2, Year 4
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
HIS00235 - Community History Research Project Advanced
TCH10008 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Session 1, Year 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Session 2, Year 1
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Session 1, Year 2
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
Session 2, Year 2
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
SOC00107 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Intermediate
Session 1, Year 3
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Session 2, Year 3
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
Session 1, Year 4
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
TCH10007 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
Session 2, Year 4
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
TCH10008 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
WRI10001 - Contemporary Reading and Writing Practices Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
ENG00401 - Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing Intermediate
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
ENG00406 - Theories of Text and Culture Advanced
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
TCH10174 - Curriculum Specialisation: English I Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10175 - Curriculum Specialisation: English II Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
MAT71215 - Introductory Algebra and Calculus Introductory
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
Year 3, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU01145 - Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics I Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
EDU01146 - Curriculum Specialisation: Mathematics II Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
MAT10722 - Complex Analysis Advanced
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
HIS10016 - Making History Introductory
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
HIS10725 - US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization Introductory
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
HIS10726 - Australian Cultural History Intermediate
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10007 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
HIS00235 - Community History Research Project Advanced
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10008 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HIS10018 - Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
ENG10004 - Foundations: English Introductory
SCI10003 - Foundations: Science and Technology Introductory
HEA10003 - Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Introductory
HUM10001 - Foundations: Human Society and its Environments Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
ENG10010 - Language & Literacy Introductory
MAT10002 - Mathematics and Numeracy Introductory
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
EDU10128 - Introduction to Teaching Introductory
SOC00107 - Planning and Delivering Human Services Intermediate
EDU20001 - Literacy, Assessment and Information & Communication Technology Intermediate
EDU10514 - Understanding Children and Young People Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
EDU20007 - English Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20009 - Mathematics Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU30006 - Science and Technology Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Advanced
CAR10003 - Foundations: Creative Arts Introductory
Year 3, Session 2
TCH10014 - Professional Experience I: Becoming a Teacher Introductory
BIO01230 - Principles of Coastal Resource Management Advanced
EDU20006 - Creative Arts Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Introductory
EDU30004 - English Education: Issues Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
EDU20008 - Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
EDU20010 - Personal Development, Health and Physical Education: Curriculum and Pedagogy Intermediate
TCH10007 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment I Intermediate
TCH20001 - Professional Experience II: Effective Teaching Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
BIO00244 - Protected Area Management Advanced
EDU83003 - Inclusive Teaching Advanced
EDU30005 - Mathematics Education: Issues Advanced
TCH10008 - Curriculum Specialisation: Human Society and its Environment II Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
TCH30002 - Professional Experience III: Transition to the Profession Advanced
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
CUL00210 - Australia, Asia and the World Introductory