Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Science) and Bachelor of Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Teach with confidence in our specialised program to become a secondary school teacher in the sciences.This degree gives you a professionally accredited qualification and covers professional teaching, special education, international education, and information and communications technology. Science teaching areas on offer include biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geography and physics.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1 CP
EDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching 6
1 Junior Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your major teaching area 6
1 Junior Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your minor teaching area 6
2 Junior Maths units of study 6
Semester 2 CP
EDUF1019 Human Development and Education 6
1 Junior Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your major teaching area 6
1 Junior Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your minor teaching area 6
2 Junior Maths units of study 6

Year 2

Semester 1 CP
EDUF2006 Educational Psychology 6
EDSE2001 Pedagogy and Professional Practice 1 6
1 intermediate Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your major teaching area 6
1 intermediate Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your minor teaching area 6
Semester 2 CP
EDUF2007 Social Perspectives on Education 6
EDSE2003 Literacy and Diversity 6
1 intermediate Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your major teaching area 6
1 intermediate Science unit of study - This unit must relate to your minor teaching area 6

Year 3

Semester 1 CP
2 Senior Science units of study -This unit must relate to your major teaching area 12
EDSE3051 Teaching Science 1A 6
1 Curriculum 1 Unit (minor teaching area)* 6
Semester 2 CP
EDSE3082 Pedagogy and Professional Practice 2 6
EDSE3073 Professional Experience A 2
EDSE4044 Information Technology in Schools 4
EDSE3068 Teaching Science 2A 6
1 Curriculum 2 Unit (minor teaching area)** 6

Year 4

Semester 1 CP
EDSE4042 Craft Knowledge and Prof Practices 3 6
EDSE4043 Professional Experience B 2
EDSE4046 Language, Literacy and Diversity 6
2 Curriculum 3 Units *** 12
Semester 2 CP
EDSE4044 Information Technology in Schools 4
EDUF4044 Reading and Applying Educational Research 6
2 Senior Science units of study - This unit must relate to your major teaching area 12

Curriculum Units

Curriculum 1 Curriculum 2 Curriculum 3
Teaching Geography 1 (EDSE3041) Teaching Geography 2 (EDSE3059) Teaching Geography 3 (EDSE4024)
Teaching Mathematics 1A (EDSE3045) Teaching Mathematics 2A (EDSE3063) Teaching Mathematics 3A (EDSE4028)

Teaching Science 1B (EDSE3078) - for double Science teaching method students only

Teaching Science 2B (EDSE3079) - for double Science teaching method students only Teaching Science Elective: Biology (EDSE4047)
    Teaching Science Elective: Chemistry (EDSE4048)
    Teaching Science Elective: EES (EDSE4049)
    Teaching Science Elective: Physics (EDSE4075)

Year 5

Semester 1 CP
4 Senior Science units of study, Table 1. These units do not need to relate to your major or minor teaching area - You may choose a maximum of 2 Junior Science units. 24
Semester 2 CP
EDSE5008 Internship 6
1 Education Three Option unit of study 6
1 Year 5 Option unit/s**** 12
Year 5 Option Unit/s **** Name CP
Option 1 EDSE5010 Meeting the Needs of Cultural Diversity 12
Option 2 EDSE5013 Responding to Diverse Needs in Schools 12
Option 3 EDSE5014 Teaching International English 12

Students complete 240 credit points comprising 132 credit points in Education studies and 108 credit points taken from the Faculty of Science. Students will qualify to teach in two HSC science subject areas offered or in one HSC science subject area and HSC mathematics. The majority of units completed for the Bachelor of Science requirements directly relate to the teaching areas chosen but there is some opportunity for students to take elective units of study outside the chosen teaching areas. All students must complete at least 2 Junior level units of study in mathematics and either chemistry or physics. For further information regarding the course structure, please visit the Faculty of Education and Social Work website (http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/undergraduate/bed_sec_science/course_structure.shtml)

Majors

What is a major?

All students must complete at least one major for the requirements of the combined degree. This major must be in an area offered by the Faculty of Science and relate directly to the student's first science teaching area. A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study, generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs. In most cases a major requires the completion of 24 credit points of senior units of study in one Science subject area, including any units of study specified in the table of units of study as compulsory for that major. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas. Students may obtain a second major and this must relate to their second science teaching area or mathematics. A student may not count a unit of study toward more than one major.

Core majors

Optional majors

Further course information

Progression rules

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.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Candidates select electives from the Faculty of Science to form their major and minor teaching subjects. You can choose up to four junior units of study in your first year (two of these units should be in either chemistry or physics), four intermediate units of study in your second year and complete at least four senior units of study in your major science teaching subject.

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Science) and Bachelor of Science 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.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Science) and Bachelor of Science combined award provides a qualification to teach in secondary schools as well as pursue career opportunities in curriculum consultancy, educational research and corporate training.

Course accreditation

Sydney undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the New South Wales Institute of Teachers.

Further study

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program with the Faculty 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.

About honours

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

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

Inherent requirements for programs in secondary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, the Faculty of Education and Social Work has identified inherent requirements for coursework-award courses in Primary and Secondary Education. In order to successfully complete such a course, students must possess the qualities and skills listed in the document below.

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/future_students/resources/inherent-requirements/IR-EC-230915.pdf (pdf, 68kB)

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor 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 transferring courses page.

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

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

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English (not English as a Second Language) Band 5, and Band 5 in two other HSC subjects. For Bachelor of Science: Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the areas or units studied.

International students

How to apply

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). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2015 your student contribution may differ.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Future Students' website.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.