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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 redesigned Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree aims to ensure our secondary teachers will be responsive to the future of education and be leaders in the field. The new degree aims to answer the ongoing challenges and innovations within the broader education industry and equip students to have better opportunities to engage in a range of learning contexts, to address challenges during these unprecedented times, and ultimately be immediately job-ready.

Benefitting from a redesigned approach to discipline and curriculum, and embedded learning from Country, the course covers innovations in areas such as sociological perspectives in education, psychological perspectives in education, Aboriginal education, and special and inclusive education.

You will be taught by world-leading experts in learning sciences and curriculum to design and develop frontline practices, through new modalities of teaching and multi-disciplinary approaches. You will also 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. You will be required to complete a minor in your first teaching area and at least four units of study in a second teaching area. A guide will be provided to you upon enrolment.

Teaching areas include:

  • Aboriginal studies
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • business studies
  • drama
  • economics
  • English
  • geography
  • Judaic studies
  • history (modern or ancient)
  • languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew (modern or classical), Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Modern Greek or Spanish
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • Teaching English as a second language (TESOL)

Below are the acceptable teaching areas for students undertaking the combined Education/Arts undergraduate degree. Please note that this list does not take into account the combinations possible for NESA Accreditation. You need to see a Program Support Manager in Education 307 to ensure that your preferred combination is possible.

First Teaching Area Second Teaching Area
Aboriginal Studies Aboriginal Studies (2nd or 3rd Teaching Area)
Ancient History Ancient History
Arabic Arabic
Chinese Biology
Drama Chemistry
Economics (Political Economy major) Chinese
English Commerce
French Drama
German
Economics (Politucal Economy units)
Hebrew (Classical or Modern)
English
Indonesian French
Italian Geography
Japanese German
Korean
Hebrew (Classic or Modern)
Latin Indonesian
Modern Greek Italian
Modern History
Japanese
Spanish Korean
  Latin
  Mathematics
  Modern Greek
  Modern History
  Physics
  Spanish
  TESOL (2nd or 3rd Teaching Area)

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.

Sample study plan (students commencing 2022)

Year

Sem

Unit of study

Other Units of study

First Teaching Area Units of Study

Second Teaching Area Units of Study

1

1

Rethinking Education

Elective/OLE

1st teaching area 1000-level units of study

2nd teaching area 1000-level units of study

 

2

Sociological Perspectives in Education

Elective/OLE

1st teaching area 1000-level units of study

2nd teaching area 1000-level units of study

2

1

Aboriginal Education

1st teaching area 2000-level units of study

1st teaching area 2000-level units of study

2nd teaching area 2000-level units of study

 

2

Special and Inclusive Education

Pedagogy, Leading and Learning 1

1st teaching area 3000-level units of study 

 

 

LANTITE

2nd teaching area 2000-level units of study

3

1

Psychological Perspectives in Education

Table A elective or 2nd teaching area 3000-level units of study

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 1A

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 1B

 

2

Selective unit

Pedagogy, Leading & Learning 2

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 2A

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 2B

4

1

Interdisciplinary Unit

Pedagogy, Leading & Learning 3

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 3A

Discipline and Curriculum Knowledge 3B

 

2

Education Capstone

Prof Engagement Final Practice

1st year area 3000-level units of study

Table A elective or 2nd teaching area 3000-level units of study

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 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 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 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

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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