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Southern Cross University (SCU)

  • 20% international / 80% domestic

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Bachelor

Teachers change lives. If you're enthusiastic, creative and want to be a positive influence for others, this double degree is at the top of the class. This course also includes a specialisation in English to meet the requirements for teaching language and literacy.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Course Code
3207310, 085928D, 085928D
Study Mode
In person, Online
International Fees
$26,800 per year / $107,200 total
ATAR
60

About this course

Teachers change lives. If you're enthusiastic, creative and want to be a positive influence for others, this double degree is at the top of the class.

You will study the essential skills to successfully teach from the first year of school to Year 6, progress your capabilities on supervised placements and complete an eight-unit specialisation. This course also includes a specialisation in English to meet the requirements for teaching language and literacy. Primary specialisations include English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Human Society and Its Environment; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

With expert educators providing guidance on teaching methods, assessment and educational leadership, you'll develop strong practical and theoretical skills.

The block professional teaching experiences, combined with volunteer activities and embedded site visits will provide you with a deep understanding about the role of a teacher. As you will be interacting with children and young people, upon enrolment you will be expected to apply and attain a valid Working with Children Check for your state or territory. See professional experience requirements.

Graduates will be qualified to work as a primary teacher Australia-wide, including Queensland and NSW. Please note your application must include a personal statement outlining your non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements.

Entry requirements

  1. Applicants for admission to candidature at a New South Wales campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in New South Wales, including: i) satisfactory completion of the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.
  2. Applicants for admission to candidature at a Queensland campus of Southern Cross University must have satisfied requirements specified by the Queensland College of Teachers for admission to an initial teacher education course that is approved for the purposes of enabling graduates to apply for registration as a teacher in Queensland, including: i) satisfactory completion of the UAC or QTAC non-academic entry requirement test.
  3. To meet the University's minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must satisfy one of the following criteria:
    1. have completed senior secondary study to the equivalent of the Australian year 12 or have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent part-time study) at AQF diploma equivalent or higher where:
      1. the country where those studies were undertaken is listed in Schedule A of the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2; and
      2. the language of instruction was English; or
    2. achieved a minimum test score, within two (2) years of the date of application for admission, equal to or above the minimum listed below:
      1. International English Language Test System (IELTS). The applicant must have a minimum overall score of 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; or
      2. International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR). The applicant must have a score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing; or
    3. successfully completed SCU's Preparing for Success Program.
    For the purposes of satisfying English Language Proficiency requirements for admission, applicants will only be considered on the above criteria and will not be considered on the basis of other criteria established by the Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 2, Section 1 - English Language Proficiency Subsection.

Study locations

Gold Coast

Lismore

Coffs Harbour

Online

What you will learn

You will study curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies as well as discipline and curriculum studies in primary teaching areas. You will also choose an eight-unit specialisation in either English; Mathematics; Human Society and Its Environment; Science and Technology; Creative Arts; and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

All students must complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) prior to undertaking the first professional experience placement.

Career pathways

Primary school teacher with the opportunity to specialise.

Course structure

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary), students must complete the equivalent of 32 units (384 credit points), comprising:

  • 7 core units (84 credit points),
  • 10 units (120 credit points) in the Primary Major,
  • 7 units (84 credit points) in the English Primary Specialisation,
  • 8 units (96 credit points) in a second Primary Specialisation, and
  • both components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) as required by the Federal Government.

Permission to undertake a professional experience placement will at all times be at the discretion of the Head of School.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Bachelor of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Associate Degree of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points).

Students may be eligible to exit with the Diploma of Educational Studies after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points).

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.