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C09080v1 Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education

Award(s): Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Primary Education (BEd(Hons))
CRICOS code: 084886F
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


This course is discontinued from 2018.

Course aims
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


This course prepares students to teach in schools from kindergarten to Year 6. It is a practice-oriented course that aims to produce high-quality graduates through an integrated program of the latest educational theory, along with professional experience every session in every year.

This course is designed for students who want the benefit of extensive and diverse professional experience opportunities. It provides graduates with advanced knowledge of primary education and research. Graduates undertake a scholarly piece of work, working with an academic supervisor and representing the research community in educational settings.

Students continually develop teaching competence throughout the entire degree by teaching what they learn in professional experience. Students study innovative teaching methods in the key learning areas and have a wide choice of electives in which to add depth of study in fields of interest. Students have the opportunity to undertake an international teaching practicum in China, Thailand or Samoa.

Course aims

The course aims to produce primary school teachers who are reflective in their practice, are able to manage the changing nature of teaching, have well-developed interpersonal skills, are keen to put current developments in learning and teaching into practice, and have a commitment to lifelong learning. The course also prepares students for postgraduate research.

Career options

Career options include primary school teacher, curriculum consultant, educational researcher or educator in a community setting such as a hospital, community or migrant education centre.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Applicants must have completed two years of the Bachelor of Education in Primary Education (C10206) at an appropriate level.

The following requirements also apply:

  1. Applicants must have at least a credit grade point average by the end of second year.
  2. Applicants must have achieved a credit or above in 012223 Research in Learning.
  3. Applicants must submit a 500-word written expression of interest in and reasons for applying to do honours, as well as indicating a possible research topic.
  4. An applicant's chosen research topic must fit with one of the research programs in the faculty.
  5. Appropriately qualified staff must be available to supervise the honours component.

Entry to honours is competitive as only a limited number of students are accepted. Honours candidates are ranked in terms of their academic merit over the first two years of the bachelor's degree, and the fit of topic with a research program.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is four years of full-time study. The course may also be undertaken at a reduced load, provided it is completed within six years.

Course structure

The course totals 192 credit points of study and has four main streams:

  • Key learning areas develop student knowledge of the primary school syllabus and build pedagogical skills.
  • Professional experience builds student knowledge and skills in core aspects of teaching and learning practice, applies that practice in the field and reflects on it critically in subsequent course elements.
  • Contextual studies examine influences on students and their learning, as well as students' evolving sense of themselves and their place in the social and physical world.
  • Honours subjects provide advanced knowledge of primary education and research in particular: research design, methodologies, literature review and synthesis, data collection and analysis, and reporting of findings.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students undertake professional experience teaching in schools and/or community settings in every session and year throughout the degree. This includes a 20-day internship with a teaching and professional learning element. In the third year, an international teaching placement is available in China, Thailand or Samoa.

Course completion requirements

STM90328 Professional Experience 48cp
STM90572 Honours 36cp
STM90325 Key Learning Areas 78cp
STM90326 Contextual Studies 30cp
Total 192cp

Course program

An example full-time program is shown below.

full time
Year 1
Calendar B Autumn session
012217 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 1   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
012215 Social and Environmental Education 1   6cp
012219 Music, Movement and Dance   6cp
Year 2
Calendar B Autumn session
012210 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 1   6cp
012213 Learning in Science and Technology 1   6cp
012223 Research in Learning   6cp
012233 Professional Experience 3: Integrating Learning Technologies   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
012209 English Education 2   6cp
012218 Personal Development, Health and Physical Education 2   6cp
012224 Sociology of Education   6cp
012234 Professional Experience 4: Integrating Diverse Contexts in Education   6cp
Year 3
Calendar B Autumn session
012216 Social and Environmental Education 2   6cp
012221 Philosophical and Ethical Practice in Education   6cp
012235 Professional Experience 5: Teaching Students with Special Educational Needs   6cp
023625 Research Seminar   6cp
Calendar B Spring session
012211 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 2   6cp
012225 Issues in Indigenous Australian Education   6cp
012236 Professional Experience 6: Programming and Assessing in Education   6cp
Year 4
Calendar B Autumn session
012212 Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3   6cp
012237 Professional Experience 7: Meeting the English Language Needs of Learners   6cp
023634 Honours Thesis 1   12cp
Calendar B Spring session
012214 Learning in Science and Technology 2   6cp
012238 Professional Experience 8: Reflecting on Educational Practice   6cp
023635 Honours Thesis 2   12cp

Professional recognition

The course provides a teaching qualification recognised by the NSW Department of Education and Training, Independent Schools Association, Catholic Education Office, and is also recognised internationally. Accreditation of the primary teacher education component of the course is through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). To gain employment as a teacher in NSW schools, graduates must meet the requirements of the NESA, including language proficiency and mathematics.

Other information

Further information is available from UTS: Education on:

Local and current students:
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

Future international students:
telephone 1800 774 816 (freecall within Australia)
+61 3 9627 4816 (from outside Australia)
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