Education (Primary Education)

Applications for students wishing to enrol in Year 1 in 2019

As part of the application process for teacher-education degrees, you will need to provide a personal statement that demonstrates your suitability for teaching, with the right combination of qualities to enable you to become an effective teacher. The University provides guidance in this process through a free half-day workshop and in writing on the web. Details are available on

Inherent requirements for programs in primary education

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, Sydney School 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.


Course duration: 4 years, full time
Minimum entry requirements: Band 5 HSC result in English and two other subjects (or equivalent interstate or International Baccalaureate results)

Guaranteed ATAR/IB 2018: 85 / 31
UAC Code: 511600

This degree gives students a professional qualification to teach in a primary school and other contexts with young children (aged 5–12 years) in Years K–6. Students undertake generalist units in education and professional studies as well as units of study in the sciences, social sciences and humanities offered by the faculties of Arts, Science and Economics and Business.

Why study at the University of Sydney?

The Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) covers all the Key Learning Areas (primary-school subject areas) with special attention to the mandatory areas of Indigenous education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), and special education. Professional experience (practice teaching) is integral to the program and commences in the first year. During their fourth year, students can specialise in one of a number of year-long elective units, including creative arts, special education, TESOL and Aboriginal education.

Course outcomes

The Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) prepares graduates who have:

  • a broad general education with in-depth knowledge in at least one area

  • an evolving personal theory of education, based on an understanding of contemporary society, children's development, the variety of roles of teachers, and the purposes and functions of schooling

  • the necessary knowledge, attitudes and attributes for the effective performance of the complex tasks and responsibilities of primary teachers

  • a capacity to construct, implement and evaluate appropriate programs of learning experiences for primary-school children

  • the maturity and humanity necessary for professional teaching

  • an ability to maintain, enquire into, and evaluate their own professional development

  • the ability to analyse critically new professional and policy developments.