Education (Sec: HSS), BA
Course duration: 5 years full-time
Assumed knowledge: Depends on subjects chosen
2015 ATAR cut-off: 82.55
UAC code: 511605
This combined degree offers students a secondary-school teaching qualification in: English; drama; history; mathematics; TESOL; geography; economics; languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Classical 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, mathematics or economics must choose their major from the humanities subjects offered by the Faculty of Arts 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 Teaching English as a Second Language; teaching English internationally; or cultural diversity.
School observation and practice teaching are major, integral components of the professional experiences in all education and teaching programs at the Faculty 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.
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