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This four year course prepares students to work with primary school children, aged from five to 12 years. Graduates are highly regarded in the primary teaching profession because of the quality of their preparation for professional practice.
Graduates may pursue employment as a primary school teacher, after-school care coordinator, tutor, community / environment / outdoors educator, or education officer with various organisations including the armed services.
This course is approved by the NSW Institute of Teachers and is nationally recognised. Graduates of the course meet the qualification requirements for accreditation/registration as a teacher in schools across all Australian states and territories.
Usually, teacher education qualifications approved in New South Wales are recognised internationally, but students need to check with potential employers and teacher registration authorities in other countries regarding accreditation requirements.
During the first year of the course, students are placed in schools to observe teaching and learning, culminating in a block practicum. In-school experiences are included in each year of the course.
The course includes studies in areas of teaching and learning, professional practice, behaviour management, understanding children and young people, special education, Aboriginal education, information and communications technology, and curriculum studies across six key learning areas.
Some units are available via distance education.
Students with a distinguished academic record who complete a research unit and an extended project (in accordance with the Award Rules) can graduate with Honours.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) a total of 384 credit points (usually 32 units) must be completed.
Students with a distinguished academic record who complete the required research and project units (in accordance with the Award Rules) can graduate with Honours.
Please note that some majors and units may not be available at each location. Unit availabilities are published for each study period and vary from year to year. Please contact the School for further information.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Locations||In 2013 some classes at the Gold Coast may be taught out of facilities at Tweed Heads.|
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1|
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Course Duration||4 years full-time; 8 years part-time
* May be completed in a shorter duration subject to unit availabilities.
|Fees and Charges||• Domestic fees
• International fees
• Additional fee information
|School||School of Education|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||www.scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Domestic applicants: Ph: 1800 626 481
International applicants: Ph: +61 2 6620 3876; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Total Units:||Award Abbreviation:||2013 ATAR equivalent/OP:|
|UAC Course Code||QTAC Course Code||CRICOS Course Code|
|Coffs Harbour: 331155
Gold Coast: 331163
|Coffs Harbour: 051251
Gold Coast: 051461
|Gold Coast QLD: 078014E
Coffs Harbour NSW: 019837K
Lismore NSW: 019837K
Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials / workshops, professional experience in schools, and online discussion forums. Some units are available via distance education.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The assessment methods vary from unit to unit. Most units use progressive assessment with marks typically allocated across a combination of tasks which are due at different times during the study period and sometimes include an end of period examination. Students are advised of assessment requirements for each unit, including clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment, at the commencement of each study period.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
Please note that this course is not available to international students intending to study at Gold Coast.
Pre-requisite Year 12 subjects
There are no pre-requisite subjects required for this course.
On-campus Undergraduate applications
To apply to study an undergraduate degree at a SCU campus, apply online through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). For more information please visit either the UAC or QTAC websites: www.uac.edu.au or www.qtac.edu.au. A late fee applies for UAC and QTAC applications received after the 30th of September.
Please refer to the International Office website.
At Southern Cross University, your previous study or work experience may help you cut time off your degree.
We recommend that you apply for advance standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount and type of credit awarded will determine your study plan.
For more details and how to apply please visit the Advanced Standing website.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Technology Education
Graduate Diploma of Education
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Contemporary Music/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.4.1 Qualification for Admission
Applicants for admission to candidature must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or demonstrate proficiency of English by:
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Education (Primary) a candidate shall successfully complete not less than thirty-two (32) units comprising:
First Class Honours
Second Class Honours – Division I
Second Class Honours – Division II
* Double-weighted unit