Education (Secondary: Mathematics) and Science

Applications for students wishing to enrol in Year 1 in 2019

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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: mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on what subjects are chosen – see the faculty handbook.
Recommended studies: HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Guaranteed ATAR/IB 2018: 80 / 28
UAC Code: 511607

This degree allows graduates to qualify as secondary-school teachers in the curriculum area of mathematics; or in mathematics and science.

Candidates who wish to teach mathematics exclusively are able to specialise in this curriculum area; others can choose their second major from a wide range of physical sciences.

The two degrees are completed in five years. It is possible to withdraw from the Bachelor of Education program at any time and complete a Bachelor of Science only, but students who do so after Year 1 will not receive full credit towards the BSc for all units of study completed. This means completing the Bachelor of Science as a single degree will take in excess of three years.

Why study at the University of Sydney

A double degree in science and education from the University of Sydney provides students with a strong practical and theoretical preparation for teaching secondary school students and 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.

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: Mathematics), BSc 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