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Overview

This five-year combined degree will give you a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools in the areas of humanities and social sciences.

You will gain a strong practical and theoretical preparation for teaching. The course covers professional teaching, special education, international education, and information and communications technology.

School observations and work-based training are integral components of the professional experiences in this degree.

Professional teaching experiences and internships are offered in partnership with participating schools and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and professional understanding of how to work in schools.

In your first year you will engage in a broad tertiary education, studying units from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

You may choose your major from one of the following teaching areas: Aboriginal studies, Commerce, Drama, Economics, English, History (modern or ancient), Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (modern or classical), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek or Spanish.

You will also complete at least two years of study, which can be extended to a minor, in a second teaching area chosen from the list above, or from mathematics, business studies, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), or geography.

Subject areas

All students need to complete at least one major for the requirements of their Bachelor of Arts degree. This major must be in an area offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and relate directly to the first teaching area. Students may obtain a second major and this must relate to their second teaching area.

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Admission, fees and how to apply

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Your fee

Your funding & scholarships

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 (March)

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.

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 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 (March)

What you'll study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 560 hours.

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

Completion requirement

Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Major - first teaching area Education One unit Arts and Social Sciences elective Minor - second teaching area
  2 Major - first teaching area Education One unit Arts and Social Sciences elective Minor - second teaching area
2 1 Major - first teaching area Education Two unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Minor - second teaching area
  2 Major - first teaching area Education Two unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Minor - second teaching area
3 1 Major - first teaching area Major - first teaching area Curriculum unit (major teaching area) Curriculum unit (minor teaching area)
  2 Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum unit (major teaching area) Curriculum unit (minor teaching area)
4 1 Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum unit (major teaching area) Curriculum unit (minor teaching area)
  2 Major - first teaching area Major - first teaching area Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit
5 1 Open Learning Environment units Open Learning Environment units Minor - second teaching area Minor - second teaching area
  2 Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Curriculum and Professional Studies unit Education Three unit

Assumed knowledge

Teacher education students seeking employment as secondary teachers in NSW schools must have achieved a Higher School Certificate minimum Band 4 in English (Advanced), English (Standard) or English as a Second Language.

Applying for honours

Honours is available to meritorious students, in either Education or the Bachelor of Arts. Honours in Education requires the completion of an alternative 12 credit-point honours pathway described in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) Table of units. Completion of the degree is required in the minimum standard full-time duration.

Admission criteria

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.

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:Humanities and Social Sciences)/BA; BEd (Secondary: Maths)/BSc; BEd (Secondary: Science)/BSc; and all Master of Teaching programs except MTeach (Early Childhood).

Information about LANTITE for students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be required to have successfully completed testing as follows: All BEd students commencing their studies in 2017 and beyond will be 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 secondary 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 Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Credit for previous study

If you’ve already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

 

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts combined course includes significant professional experience placements in schools. The placements begin in the third 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

Our undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career Pathways

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

  • Teacher in areas including English, drama, history, mathematics, TESOL, geography, economics and languages
  • Corporate trainer 
  • Development manager
  • Curriculum consultant
  • Educational administrator
  • Educational researcher
  • Government policy adviser
  • Human resource manager

 

Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Sydney School of Education and Social Work comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master's degrees include capstone independent research projects, supervised by experts in the field of study, which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

International students

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