Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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

Inspire our next generation in this professional qualification to teach in a primary school with children aged five to twelve-years. With a program offering extensive professional experiences at schools throughout the four-year program and mandatory units in Indigenous education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Special Education.



This comprehensive program will set you up to be an accredited primary school teacher in secondary schools in NSW, Australia and overseas.

Course outline

Study plan

Year 1

Semester 1 CP
EDUF1018 Education, Teachers and Teaching 6
EDUP1002 English, Literacy and Learning 6
EDUP1004 Science Concepts 1 6
1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective 6
Semester 2 CP
EDUF1019 Human Development and Education 6
EDUP1001 Creative Arts 1 6
EDUP1003 Mathematics and Numeracy 6
1 Junior Arts, Science or Business elective 6

Year 2

Semester 1 CP
EDUF2006 Educational Psychology 6
EDUP2007 Creative Arts 2 6
EDUP2002 English: Learning to be Literate 4
EDUP2004 PDHPE 1: Physical Activity 4
EDUP2006 Indigenous Australian Education 4
Semester 2 CP
EDUF2007 Social Perspectives on Education 6
EDUP2008 Science Concepts 2 6
EDUP2005 Mathematics Education 1: Early Number 4
EDUP2009 Intercultural Understanding in HSIE K-6 4
EDUP2010 Professional Experiences 2 (Primary) 4

Year 3

Semester 1 CP
EDUF3031 Positive Approaches to Special Education 6
EDUP3001 PDHPE 2: Active and Healthy Primary Schools 4
EDUP3002 Human Society and its Environment 2 4
EDUP3003 Teaching in Multilingual Classrooms 4
EDUP3008 Creative Arts 3 4
Semester 2 CP
EDUF4044 Reading and Applying Educational Research (or EDUF4020 Education Honours Preliminary) 6
EDUP3004 Mathematics Education 2 4
EDUP3006 English: Becoming Literate 4
EDUP3007 Professional Experiences 3 (Primary) 4
EDUP3009 Science and Technology 1 4
EDUP3034 PDHPE 3: The Health Promoting School 4  

Year 4

Semester 1 CP
EDUP4018 Science and Technology (K-6) 2 4
EDUP4074 Mathematics Education 3 4
EDUP4076 English: Being Critically Literate 4
EDUP4079 Professional Experiences 4 (Primary) 4
Primary IV Option Unit of Study 4
Education III Option Unit of Study 6
Semester 2 CP
EDUP4017 Professional Experiences Internship 4
EDUP4077 Teaching Children with Special Needs 4
EDUP4080 Human Society and its Environment 3 4
Primary IV Option Unit of Study 4
Education III Option Unit of Study (or EDUF4021 Education Honours Dissertation) 6

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is undertaken full-time over four years. Students enrol in 48 credit points per year. Students study all key learning areas (KLAs) of the primary curriculum, English, mathematics, creative arts, science, PDHPE and HSIE with additional areas such as TESOL, Indigenous education, ICT and special education. Students are introduced to teaching by observing and interacting with small groups in first year. This will later expand to include patterns of classroom interaction, teacher-developed curriculum materials and whole school activities. The expectation is that by the final professional experience placement in year four, a student teacher is fully competent to teach without close supervision.

Majors

What is a major?

There are no majors in this degree. Instead, we offer general units in child development and learning, education and professional studies, specialist studies in Key Learning Areas (eg language, arts, mathematics, health and wellbeing, science). Units in the humanities, sciences and social sciences are offered by the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Science, and the Business School.

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. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and Sydney Business School (subject to permission from the Faculty of Education and Social Work).

Course opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) 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.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides national and international primary school teaching recognition with career opportunities including curriculum consultancy, educational research, corporate training and development, government (policy development), educational administration, management, tourism and politics.

Course accreditation

Sydney undergraduate Education courses are accredited by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES).

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 who complete an alternative set of units of study in Semester 2 of Year 3 and Semester 2 of Year 4. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of Semester 1 of Year 3. Admission and award requirements for honours in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are set out in the Resolutions of the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

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 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.

Students entering teaching programs will need to have achieved a minimum of three Band 5s in their NSW Higher School Certificate, one of which must be English (not ESL). 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.

Inherent requirements for programs in primary 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. Any 2 units of Maths at HSC level or equivalent.

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.