Course summary

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four year (full-time or part-time equivalent) combined degree in secondary education. The course provides a strong foundation of knowledge in teaching subjects for the secondary school curriculum and in the professional practice of teaching. The course is flexible, enabling students to complete a number of first and second teaching subjects to expand their employment opportunities in high demand areas.

The core education units can be studied either on-campus or by distance education. Distance education requires students to attend two two-day workshops on campus.

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four year (full-time or part-time equivalent) combined degree in secondary education. The course provides a strong foundation of knowledge in teaching subjects for the secondary school curriculum and in the professional practice of teaching. The course is flexible, enabling students to complete a number of first and second teaching subjects to expand their employment opportunities in high demand areas.

The core education units can be studied either on-campus or by distance education. Distance education requires students to attend two two-day workshops on campus.

Students can tailor the course to specialise in one or more of the following teaching subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Geography
  • Society and Culture (for students who complete history or geography)

The education component of the combined degree also provides studies in the professional practice of teaching.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Creativity

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Ethical practice

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Knowledge of a discipline

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Lifelong learning

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Communication and social skills

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Cultural competence

Data Conversion - Last intake 2014

Students complete a program of in-school practical teaching experiences during the course, culminating in a seven-week in-school professional development experience, to demonstrate their professional capabilities as secondary school teachers.

This course is approved by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards and is nationally recognised. Graduates meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.

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

3207002

Course abbreviation

BA/BEd (Sec)

Credit points

384

Equivalent units

32

Duration

4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

Duration

4 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 331156 051651
Gold Coast Session 1 331165 051661
Lismore Session 1 331104 051031

Fee information

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 a combined degree a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units (384 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. two (2) sequential units in a curriculum specialisation (which must accord with the First Teaching Subject selected for Course Requirement (a)(iii), below, from Part B; and
    3. a minimum of six (6) sequential units (i.e. First Teaching Subject) from Part C, as determined by the Course Coordinator from the School of Education, to ensure equivalence and compliance with the Minimum Requirements for Eligibility for Accreditation to Teach in a NSW Secondary School, as determined from time to time by the NSW Institute of Teachers or its successor; and
    4. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Contemporary Music/Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education must complete two (2) units from Part D; and
    5. Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education students must also complete all units in Part E
    6. Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education students must complete Biology as a First Teaching Subject, and Chemistry as a Second Teaching Subject, and Earth and Environmental Science as a Second Teaching Subject
    7. the balance of units will be selected from Part B, Part C, Part D or Part E
  2. A candidate who as part of the combined degrees completes a First Teaching Subject from Part C:
    1. in English or Modern History or Geography or Mathematics is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Arts
    2. in Biology is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Science
    3. in Visual Arts is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Visual Arts
    4. in Music is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Contemporary Music
    5. in PDHPE is eligible for a combined degree which includes a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  3. A candidate who while enrolled for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts may elect to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts following withdrawal from candidature for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree.
  4. Permission to undertake a practicum will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of the School of Education.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

EDU10710 - Learners, Teachers and Pedagogies Intermediate
EDU10711 - Effective Communication in the Classroom Intermediate
EDU10712 - Supporting Learners with Diverse Abilities Intermediate
EDU10713 - Curriculum, Assessment and New Media Advanced
EDU10714 - The Inclusive Classroom Intermediate
EDU10715 - Issues in Education Advanced
EDU10716 - Professional Development in Education Advanced
TCH10709 - Introduction to Secondary Teaching Introductory

Part B

Note 1

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
For English as a First Teaching Subject, complete six (6) units, including the first four (4) units.
For English as a Second Teaching Subject, complete the first four (4) units.
ENG00400 - Introduction to Written Texts Introductory
ENG00401 - Issues and Themes in Contemporary Writing Intermediate
ENG00406 - Theories of Text and Culture Advanced
WRI10001 - Introduction to Creative Writing Introductory
Choose two (2) from the following:
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
WRI10003 - Short Story Writing Intermediate
ENG00411 - Writing Genre Intermediate
ENG00407 - Writing for Performance Intermediate
WRI20004 - Writing Lives Intermediate
WRI20003 - Writing Poetry Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
For Modern History as a First Teaching Subject, complete all six units.
For Modern History as a second teaching subject, complete the first four units.
HIS10016 - Making History Introductory
CUL00420 - History of Invasion of Aboriginal Nations Advanced
HIS10725 - US History: From Reconstruction to Globalization Introductory
HIS10726 - Australian Cultural History Intermediate
HIS10018 - Writing Place: Landscapes, Memory, History Intermediate
HIS00235 - Community History Research Project Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
For Mathematics as a First Teaching Subject, complete six (6) units.
For Mathematics as a Second Teaching Subject, complete the first four (4) units.
MAT10251 - Statistical Analysis Intermediate
MAT10718 - Mathematical Ideas Introductory
MAT10719 - Calculus Intermediate
MAT10720 - Linear Algebra Intermediate
MAT10721 - Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations Advanced
MAT10722 - Complex Analysis Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
For Geography as a First Teaching Subject, complete six (6) units.
For Geography as a Second Teaching Subject, complete the first four (4) units.
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
GLY00223 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Intermediate
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
Choose two (2) from the following:
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
ISY01224 - Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Intermediate
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Society and Culture should only be completed in conjunction with Modern History or Geography.
For Society and Culture as a Second Teaching Subject, as the following units will be covered in Part E, complete two (2) additional units.
- HUM00270 Doing Cultural Studies, and
- HUM00271 Unruly Subjects: Citizenship
Choose two (2) from:
HUM00272 - Space, Place and Travel Intermediate
HUM00273 - Borderlands: Identity, Culture and Belonging Advanced
HUM00274 - EcoCultural Studies Advanced
SOC10400 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture Intermediate
HUM00275 - Cultural Studies Research Project Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
For Biology as a First Teaching Subject, complete six (6) units. For Biology as a Second Teaching Subject, complete the first four (4) units.
BIO00201 - Biology Introductory
BIO00202 - Ecology Introductory
BIO00212 - Wildlife Conservation Intermediate
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO00232 - Coastal Marine Ecosystems Intermediate
BIO00213 - Plant Identification and Conservation Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
For Chemistry as a Second Teaching Subject, complete all four (4) units.
CHE00201 - Chemistry Introductory
CHE00073 - Environmental Chemistry Intermediate
GLY00232 - Coastal Biogeochemistry Intermediate
CHE10700 - Chemistry for Health Sciences Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
For Earth and Environmental Science as a Second Teaching Subject, complete four (4) units.
GLY00201 - Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere Introductory
ENS00203 - Earth Systems II: The Hydrosphere Introductory
Choose two (2) from the following:
SUR00201 - Environmental Mapping Introductory
AGR00214 - Soil Processes Intermediate
AGT00217 - Land Degradation and Rehabilitation Advanced

Title Level of learning Note
Physics units can be completed as “Cross-Institutional Units”.
Please note that cross-institutional enrolment must be finalised at least six (6) weeks prior to the intended session of enrolment.

Title Level of learning Note
For Music as a First Teaching Subject where a second Teaching Subject is also completed:
• complete first twelve (12) units, then the four (4) unit Music Education II stream.
For Music as a First Teaching Subject (and only Teaching Subject):
• complete the first twelve (12) units, then either the eight (8) unit Performance or the eight (8) unit Music Education I stream.
MUS10501 - Music Practice I Introductory
MUS10502 - Music Practice II Introductory
MUS00497 - Introduction to Music Technology Introductory
MUS00620 - Contemporary Music Theory I Introductory
MUS00621 - Contemporary Music Theory II Intermediate
MUS00630 - Songwriting Introductory
MUS10505 - Applied Musicianship Introductory
MUS10509 - Sounds, Styles and Cultures Introductory
MUS10524 - Studies in Western Art Music Advanced
MUS10525 - Advanced Studies in Western Art and Contemporary Music Advanced
MUS10544 - Advanced Musicianship Intermediate
MUS10546 - Ensemble Direction and Arranging Advanced
Plus choose one (1) of the following three streams.
Performance Stream
For Music as a first and only Teaching Subject
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
MUS10531 - Performance I Intermediate Note 2
MUS10532 - Performance II Intermediate
MUS10541 - Ensemble I Intermediate Note 2
MUS10542 - Ensemble II Intermediate
MUS10508 - Sound Theory and Recording Technique Intermediate
MUS10548 - Sounds, Beats and the Home Studio Intermediate
One (1) music education elective
OR
Music Education Stream I
For Music as a first and only Teaching Subject.
MUS10506 - Music Industry Landscapes Introductory
MUS10503 - Music Practice III Intermediate
MUS10504 - Music Practice IV Intermediate
MUS10508 - Sound Theory and Recording Technique Intermediate
MUS10548 - Sounds, Beats and the Home Studio Intermediate
Three (3) music education electives
OR
Music Education Stream II
For Music as a First Teaching Subject, where a Second Teaching Subject is also completed
MUS10503 - Music Practice III Intermediate
MUS10504 - Music Practice IV Intermediate
MUS10548 - Sounds, Beats and the Home Studio Intermediate
One (1) music education elective
Music Education Electives
MUS10552 - Advanced Recording Studio Production Advanced
MUS10551 - Advanced Live Sound Production Advanced
MUS10547 - Advanced Songwriting and Arrangement Intermediate
MUS10545 - Oceans of Sound: Global Music Cultures in the 21st Century Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
For PDHPE as First Teaching Subject and the Sport Management Stream, complete all of the following:
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
HEA00331 - Principles of Behaviour in Physical Activity Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
HMS00202 - Principles and Practices of Sport and Exercise Science Introductory
HMS00203 - Sports Conditioning and Training Methods Intermediate
BIO10493 - Motor Control Intermediate
BIO00203 - Exercise Physiology Intermediate
BIO10494 - Human Growth, Development and Ageing Intermediate
BIO00209 - Musculoskeletal Functional Anatomy Intermediate
HMS00328 - Motor Learning Intermediate
EDU10691 - Physical Education Studies I: Athletics and Aquatics Intermediate
EDU10692 - Physical Education Studies II: Dance and Gymnastics Intermediate
EDU10694 - Contemporary Health Issues for Young People Advanced
NUT00330 - Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity Intermediate
EDU10693 - Promoting the Health and Wellbeing of Young People Advanced
Sport Management Stream
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
MNG00301 - Management for Sport and Exercise Introductory
MKT00205 - Sport Promotion and Public Relations Intermediate
MNG00307 - Sports Policy and Planning Intermediate
MNG00305 - Sport Facilities and Events Advanced
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory

Title Level of learning Note
For Visual Arts as a First Teaching Subject where a second Teaching Subject is also completed, complete the first ten (10) units.
For Visual Arts as the First Teaching Subject and only Teaching Subject, all twelve (12) units must be completed.
ART00621 - Visual Arts Studio Studies I: Foundation Introductory
ART00600 - Introduction to Visual Culture Introductory
ART00406 - Studio Drawing I Introductory
ART00622 - Visual Arts Studio Studies II Introductory
ART00601 - Framing Modernity Introductory
ART00630 - Design Introductory
ART00623 - Visual Arts Studio Studies III Intermediate
ART00602 - Australian Visual Cultures Advanced
ART00498 - Contemporary Debates in Visual Culture Intermediate
ART00624 - Visual Arts Studio Studies IV Intermediate
ART00625 - Visual Arts Studio Studies V Advanced
ART00626 - Visual Arts Studio Studies VI Advanced

Part D

Part E


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

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

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Please refer to the course enrolment guide available on the School of Education website (www.scu.edu.au/education) within the student information and downloads tab

Notes

Note 1: Sequential units in a curriculum specialisation are indicated by their naming, e.g. Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts I and Curriculum Specialisation: Visual Arts II.
Note 2: Prior to enrolment students must demonstrate performance aptitude through an audition for this unit