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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Arts

Inspire a love of the arts through teaching. Specialise in two teaching areas such as English, geography, history, drama, Japanese, music, screen media, psychology, biology, chemistry or mathematics. You will study how to plan lessons, assess students, and manage a classroom of students in Years 7-12.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to plan lessons, assess students, and manage a classroom
  • Be provided the opportunity to experience different school settings and learners by taking a trip to rural and remote areas
  • Gain eligibility to become members of the Queensland College of Teachers

Location

CRICOS code

082693J

Entry threshold

68.00 68.00 ATAR/Rank
ATAR/Rank

Duration

4 years 4 years Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$11,964 CSP
CSP
A$24,400 / A$97,600 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee

QTAC code

017221 014221^

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Limited Major and Minor options available at UniSC Moreton Bay.

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
32
Total units
384
Duration
4 years 4 years
CRICOS code
082693J
UniSC program code
AE304
Program coordinator
Program structure
Required courses (13) 156 units

EDU114 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU119 English Language and Literacy
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU328 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU411 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher Δ
EDU417 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDU419 Professional Experience: Individual Learner Needs
EDU420 The Psychology of Learning
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Required Curriculum and Pedagogy courses from (4) 48 units

Select 4 curriculum and pedagogy courses (48 units) associated with your teaching areas (major and extended minor courses) from:

EDU337 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts
EDU338 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts 1
EDU347 Teaching Junior Secondary English
EDU348 Teaching Senior Secondary English
EDU352 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 1
EDU353 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1
EDU356 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU357 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU358 Teaching Junior Secondary History
EDU359 Teaching Senior Secondary History
EDU363 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU364 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics
EDU375 Teaching Senior Secondary Psychology
EDU376 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts 2
EDU377 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts 2
EDU378 Teaching Junior Secondary Languages
EDU379 Teaching Senior Secondary Languages

Major courses (8) 96 units #

# The following combinations of teaching areas will take longer than four years to complete and students will
need an additional semester to finish: Japanese on-campus Major with any of the extended minors, Japanese
Studies Extended Minor and Psychological Sciences Extended Minor with any of the majors, Theatre and
Performance Major combined with the Biological Sciences Extended Minor.
These combinations are NOT available for international students.

English
Geography
History
Japanese Studies#
Screen Media
Theatre and Performance#

Extended Minor courses (6) 72 units*

* The minor must be chosen from a different discipline area to the major.

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
English Studies
Geography
History Studies
Japanese Studies Δ#
Mathematical Sciences
Music Studies#
Screen Media Studies
Psychological Sciences ^ Δ
Theatre and Performance Studies Δ#

Elective course (1) 12 units^

Select 1 elective course (12 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.

^Students undertaking the following extended minor will have the elective replaced by another course:
- Psychological Sciences Extended Minor – elective replaced by PSY201 Research Methods in Psychology B.

Δ The Japanese Studies Extended Minor and the Psychological Sciences Extended Minor are only available for
students admitted in the program in Semester 1.

# The following teaching areas are not available at USC Moreton Bay: Japanese, Music, Theatre and Performance.

Δ refer to Program notes

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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Adjusted ATARs are a calculation of a student's ATAR + eligible adjustment factors and are used to determine admission. The raw ATAR is the student's rank before any adjustments are applied.

Prior to entry, students will need to:
  • Complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for teaching
  • Submit a 600-1000-word personal statement on why you would make a great teacher
  • Obtain a Blue Card before starting supervised professional experience

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Minimum entry threshold

Applicants must meed the minimum ATAR/Rank.

Location ATAR/Rank
Sunshine Coast 68.00
Moreton Bay 68.00

Post admission requirements

Complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education

Additional entry information

Applicants must demonstrate non-academic capabilities as per Personal Statement requirement. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must attain an IELTS score of at least 7.5 with a minimum of 8.0 in speaking and listening and 7.0 in all other subtests - refer to English language requirements.

Prerequisites

English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Maths, Maths Methods or Specialist Maths (Units 3 and 4, C)

Recommended prior study
A history subject
Program requirements
Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level (100 coded)courses (180 units), including the core course
  • Complete a minimum of  80 days Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks and complete 30 hours of Wider Field Experience
  • Successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:
  • Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information.
  • Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
  • Be willing to travel to attend supervised professional experience placements
  • Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
Program notes
  • EDU415MUST be studied in your final semester of study with your final Professional Experience
  • The following combinations of teaching areas will take longer than four years to complete and students will
    need an additional semester to finish. These combinations are NOT available for international students:
    • Japanese on-campus Major with any of the extended minors,
    • Japanese Studies Extended Minor and Psychological Sciences Extended Minor with any of the majors,
    • Theatre and Performance Major combined with the Biological Sciences Extended Minor.
  • The Japanese Studies Extended Minor and the Psychological Sciences Extended Minor are only available for
    students admitted in the program in Semester 1.
  • The Australian Professional Standards (AITSL – Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership)
    require a minimum of six courses chosen for a major teaching area, with no more than two introductory
    courses and a minimum of two graduate courses.
    AITSL require a minimum of four courses chosen for a minor teaching area, with no more than two
    introductory courses.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the education (EDU) coded courses and SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Each course must count towards one discipline area only. They cannot be used to count towards both teaching discipline areas
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
Inherent academic requirements

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts - Inherent Academic Requirements

USC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

USC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Community education centres
  • Education consultant
  • Education policy analyst
  • Private practice tutor
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Teacher of English overseas
  • Youth support worker

Memberships

Graduates may be eligible to become members of:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a USC degree based on your potential to succeed, under USC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$11,964
Annual tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$24,400
Estimated total tuition fee ($AUD, 2022)
A$97,600

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Estimated total tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the minimum number of courses required within the programs standard duration.

Annual tuition fees are based on 2022 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). Some applicants may be eligible to apply direct to USC if they meet certain criteria.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your USC experience today.

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QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 017221
Moreton Bay 014221
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