Education (Secondary: Science) and Science

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: mathematics. Other assumed knowledge depends on what subjects are chosen – see the Arts and Social Sciences handbook.
Recommended studies: for mathematics teachers – HSC Mathematics Extension 1

Guaranteed ATAR/IB 2018: 80 / 28
UAC Code: 511608

This combined degree offers students a secondary-school teaching qualification in science; science and geography; or science and mathematics. All students must complete a major in one teaching science area, such as biology, chemistry, geology or physics, as well as at least one year of study in a second science. One year of either chemistry or physics must be included in the science studies.

Degree pathways that result in graduates qualified to teach a science subject as well as mathematics or geography are termed "single-method" study. Degree pathways that result in graduates who will teach science subjects exclusively are called "double-method" study. Science undertaken as a double method requires students to major in one science; include a second science as a minor; and study a third science for at least one semester.

Intending combined-degree students are advised that, because not all units of study offered by the Faculty of Science relate to the teaching of science in schools, advice must be sought during enrolment to ensure that the science units chosen will prepare them for the teaching of science.

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: Science), 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