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Overview

The new four-year Bachelor of Education (Secondary) has replaced the previous five-year combined education degrees. This course will give you a professional qualification to teach in secondary schools, giving you the opportunity to specialise in the areas of humanities and social sciences, mathematics or science.

The redesign of this degree aims to align our secondary teaching education with innovations occurring throughout the university and the industry, ensuring that you have better opportunities to engage in a range of learning contexts and challenges and graduate job-ready.  

The course covers professional teaching, Aboriginal education, special and inclusive education, international education, and information and communications technology.

You will gain a strong practical and theoretical preparation for teaching. School observations and work-based training, offered in partnership with participating schools, are integral components of your developing professional experience. These experiences will provide you with the opportunity to develop your teaching skills and professional understanding of how to work in schools.

An advanced coursework or an honours pathway is also available in the new five-year Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Secondary).

For language studies: Pathways are available for applicants with no prior language experience, as well as for those with prior experience in the respective language of study.

This course is offered full-time or as structured part-time mode, day-time only. All professional experience placements are only undertaken full-time.

Subject areas
Shared pool

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 - 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 (February)

What you'll study

Core studies in education plus intensive study and professional experience. A major in a teaching area and study in a second teaching area.

Teaching areas include:

  • Aboriginal studies
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business studies
  • drama
  • economics
  • English
  • geography
  • health and physical education
  • history (modern or ancient)
  • languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (modern or classical), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek or Spanish
  • mathematics
  • physics

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.

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

Prerequisites for NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

Band 5 in three HSC subjects (or equivalent) one of which must be English (English Standard or English Advanced).

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 this degree. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess these qualities and skills (PDF).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) program is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

You'll be qualififed to teach in secondary schools, in areas including:

  • Aboriginal studies
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business studies
  • drama
  • economics
  • English
  • geography
  • health and physical education
  • history (modern or ancient)
  • languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (modern or classical), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek or Spanish
  • mathematics
  • physics

You'll also have expertise to act in variety of other education roles including: curriculum consultant; educational administrator; educational researcher; government policy adviser.

Domestic students

International students

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