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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 can commence their studies remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Remote study is not available for some units of study and/or placements essential to this course and you will be required to attend in-person on campus from Semester 1, Year 2.

Inspire our next generation in this professional qualification to teach in a primary school with children aged five to 12 years.

In the new Primary Bachelor of Education, you will be part of a vibrant education community that mentors students to become confident, skilled teachers and future leaders engaging in critical and reflective practice to meet the challenges of our global community.

From the first semester, you will benefit from in-school experiences, beginning with interactions with small groups of primary students and culminating in the fourth-year professional experience when you will be fully competent to teach with minimal supervision.

Teaching is a profession with a social justice mission, and we welcome students from diverse backgrounds to enrich a program of study that values diversity and promotes the development of teachers who can effectively meet the needs of all young learners in a variety of educational contexts.

All graduates will be generalist primary teachers qualified to teach all areas of the primary curriculum, including knowledge and skills in Aboriginal education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), digital learning technologies and special and inclusive education.

Students who demonstrate high achievement and enthusiasm in mathematics or science may elect to undertake a fully accredited specialisation pathway. Students with established skills in a language other than English may choose a Primary Languages specialisation pathway. All students will have the opportunity to graduate with an AITSL recognised specialisation in English and Literacy.


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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is undertaken full-time over four years, or part-time equivalent. Full-time students enrol in 48 credit points per year. 

Students study all key learning areas (KLAs) of the primary curriculum, English, mathematics, creative arts, science, PDHPE and HSIE with additional areas such as TESOL, Indigenous education, ICT and special education. Eligible students may undertake specialist units in order to receive NESA specialisation in Languages, Mathematics or Science and Technology.

Students are introduced to teaching by observing and interacting with small groups in first year. This will later expand to include patterns of classroom interaction, teacher-developed curriculum materials and whole school activities. The expectation is that by the final professional experience placement in year four, a student teacher is fully competent to teach without close supervision.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 560 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.


It is important you are aware that all people working at school or in early education and care facilities, including students on placement, are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19:  see the Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Education and Care Workers) Order 2021. An exemption from vaccination is available only if you are unable to be vaccinated in the rare situation of a medical contraindication and you can provide the required evidence.

While the Order is a temporary measure under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), the government may make further similar orders, and educational facilities that provide placements to students may also introduce their own vaccination requirements. It is therefore possible that vaccination against COVID-19 will be a continuing requirement to meet the requirements of your degree and practice in your profession. 

If you choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be able to undertake placement(s) at facilities covered by the Order or facilities with their own vaccination requirements.  This may result in you being unable to complete your degree.

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study. Except with the permission of the Dean, a candidate must complete all unit of study requirements specified for each year, including professional experience units, before proceeding to the next year.

Admission requirement

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


Prerequisites for NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

Until 2023: Band 5 in three HSC subjects (or equivalent) one of which must be English (English Standard or English Advanced or ESL/EALD).

From 2023: Band 5 in three HSC subjects (or equivalent) one of which must be English (English Standard or English Advanced or ESL/EALD); and Band 4 in Mathematics Standard (or equivalent) or higher.

Similar requirements will be applied to the IB and other Australian Year 12 qualifications. For other secondary qualifications applicants will need to achieve the minimum scores provided as a guide as well as achieve good results in English (not ESL). Applicants who must meet English proficiency requirements through an English proficiency test such as IELTS must meet those requirements separately. Applicants must also meet any additional requirements as set by regulatory bodies or accrediting agencies.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The requirement to complete the LANTITE applies to all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary); BEd (Health and PE); BEd (Secondary); BEd/BAS (Secondary); and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

All BEd students are expected to sit and pass the test within the first two years of candidature.

Register to take the LANTITE.

For information about teacher-accreditation requirements in NSW, including the testing, visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements for programs in primary education
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Sydney School of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the second year of the course and the amount of responsibility and duration of the placements progressively increases until the final placement in which students are competent to teach under minimal supervision.

Professional accreditation

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) accreditation.

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

Our graduates can be found in a broad range of careers and roles, including:

  • Primary school teacher
  • Corporate trainer
  • Development manager
  • Curriculum consultant
  • Educational administrator
  • Educational researcher
  • Government policy adviser

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides national and international primary school teaching recognition.  

Domestic students

International students

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