Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Arts

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 secondary 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.


NOT available part time; NO intake in Semester Two

Course duration: 5 years full-time
Assumed knowledge: Depends on subjects chosen

Guaranteed ATAR/IB 2018: 80 / 28
UAC code: 511605

This combined degree offers students a secondary-school teaching qualification in: Aboriginal studies; English; drama; history; mathematics; TESOL; geography; economics; languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Modern Hebrew, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Modern Greek; and Classical Hebrew and Judaism as a social science.

Students who choose to major in geography or mathematics must choose their major from the humanities subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts. As well, candidates who wish to teach only languages are able to choose to specialise in these curriculum areas instead of undertaking their second major from a different subject area. The term for this is "double-method" study.

Why study at the University of Sydney?

A double degree in arts and education from the University of Sydney features units of study often found only in postgraduate programs. These include: special education, international education, education and ICT, and the professional knowledge of teaching. The program also has a fifth-year option that allows students to undertake a third teaching method in Aboriginal studies; Teaching English as a Second Language; teaching English internationally; or cultural diversity.

Professional experience

School observation and practice teaching are major, integral components of the professional experiences in all education and teaching programs at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Practicums and internships – which are offered in partnership with participating schools – are designed to augment University coursework and provide student teachers with opportunities to develop their teaching skills and professional understanding. The combined degree program features 20 days' professional experience in Year 3; 25 days' in Year 4; and 30 days' in Year 5.

Course outcomes

The BEd (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), BA prepares graduates for:

  • teaching in secondary schools in NSW, Australia and overseas

  • taking on leadership roles in secondary schools

  • work in policy development for schools

  • careers in corporate training and human-resource settings