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Southern Cross University (SCU)

  • 20% international / 80% domestic

Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary)

  • Bachelor

Inspire, empower and educate - three goals to strive towards for success as a teacher. This combined degree gives you the tools and skills to achieve these goals and significantly expand your career opportunities. See professional experience requirements. See education non-academic requirements.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Course Code
3207312
Study Mode
In person, Online
ATAR
60

About this course

Inspire, empower and educate - three goals to strive towards for success as a teacher. This combined degree gives you the tools and skills to achieve these goals and significantly expand your career opportunities.

You will study foundational content for teaching in primary and secondary schools before progressing to significant blocks of in-school teaching experience where you can hone your teaching capabilities.

The course covers curriculum, pedagogy and effective teaching strategies as well as core primary curriculum subjects and the choice of one secondary teaching subject in either English, Mathematics, Geography or Modern History.

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 are qualified to teach in both primary and secondary schools, significantly expanding career opportunities. 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.
    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

Students complete a Primary English major and choose a secondary teaching area from the following specialisations:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Modern History
  • Geography.

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

Some units in this course are only delivered online. Some online units include on-campus workshops.

Career pathways

Dual qualification: graduates can work as both a primary school teacher and a secondary school teacher (in English, Mathematics, Modern History or Geography).

Course structure

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary), 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 Secondary major, 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.