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.

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science) and Bachelor of Science five-year combined degree will give you a professional qualification to teach science in secondary schools. Covering professional teaching, special education, international education, and information and communications technology, this degree will give you a strong practical and theoretical preparation for teaching.

Professional experience is integral to the degree, with school observations commencing in your first year and building up to a 29-day internship in your fifth year.

In your first year you will engage in a broad tertiary education that will comprise units from the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and the Faculty of Science. Science teaching areas include biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geography, and physics.

You need to also complete at least two years of a second science teaching area, plus at least one year of mathematics. You will also be required to take one year of chemistry or physics as part of this combined degree.

In fifth year, you can choose from various education units including Teaching International English, Meeting the Needs of Cultural Diversity, and Responding to Diverse Needs in Schools. You can choose to undertake honours by completing an alternative set of units of study in your final three semesters of study.

Why study with us?

1. The University of Sydney is world renowned for education, ranked 16th in the world*, with our rigorous and innovative courses employing the latest teaching approaches and placing significant emphasis on professional experience.

2. Study in acclaimed research institutes including the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Charles Perkins Centre.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016


What is a major?

All students need to 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.

Further course information

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

Secondary teacher
Policy officer
Youth support officer
Curriculum consultancy
Government and public service roles
Careers adviser
Family support worker

Course accreditation

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

Further study

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.

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 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.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

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.

Current 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 transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's 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) with a minimum 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