Bachelor of Education (Primary) / Bachelor of Science

School of Education, Fremantle Campus

Are you passionate about educating young minds? Do you love sharing your knowledge and watching your students grow? If so, our Bachelor of Education (Primary)/Bachelor of Science is the ideal degree for you. Designed to be completed over five years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study, this degree equips you with the skills you need to teach children aged from six to 12 years in Catholic, Independent and Government schools.

  • Why study this degree?

    If your ambition is to teach in a primary school, this five-year double degree from The University of Notre Dame Australia is the ideal qualification. Recognised by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia, our Bachelor of Education (Primary)/Bachelor of Science combines educational theory and classroom learning, with plenty of hands-on teaching opportunities.

    The degree offers contemporary coursework, exposure to the latest learning technologies, and the integration of theory and practice. In addition to acquiring the academic skills needed to teach primary school age children, you will also be required to choose one specialist subject area such as Mathematics, Science, English, Humanities, Special Needs, Service Learning and Social Justice or Theatre Studies.

    As part of the Bachelor of Science component of the double degree you will study a set of core interdisciplinary Science courses including experimental design, maths, biology and chemistry. These courses provide the basis for strong skills in scientific investigation, including data collection and analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and effective communication. These skills are highly sort after by employers and applicable to many workplaces both within and outside of the field of Science.

    Building on these core Science courses, you will deepen your study of Science by selecting a Science Stream that matches your interests: Biology & Environment, Environment & Heritage, Human & Medical Science, or Multidisciplinary Science. Each Stream ensures in-depth knowledge and skill development through practical hands-on experience in the classroom, the laboratory, and in the field. This will prepare you well to inspire your young students and teach Science within an educational setting.

    The practical component of your degree involves 32 weeks of teaching practice spread across five years. This extensive teaching apprenticeship provides a total immersion in the classroom environment, exposing you to the lived experience of a teacher.

    Please note: Education students in WA must sit the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). The test is administered externally by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). You must register and pay for the test.

  • Program summary

    CoursesUnits of Credit
    Core Curriculum courses 75
    Education compulsory courses 705
    Science compulsory courses 300
    Total units of credit in the double degree 1180

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    See Bachelor of Science Program Regulations for details of Science Streams and courses.

    Information about individual courses can be found at the School of Education and the School of Arts and Sciences course description pages.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 80 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature  or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD); or
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 28.

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects.

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with  relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 150 in the Multiple Choice section and Written English section are required;
      OR
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting  ATAR of 80 or above; 
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
  • Fees

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    HECS-HELP
    HECS-HELP is a loan scheme intended for students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. The scheme will pay your student contribution amounts, but not additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Although there is no interest charged on HECS-HELP loans, your debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees Page.

  • Career opportunities

    Teaching opportunities in the following schools are open to graduates of this program:

    • Independent schools
    • Government schools
    • Catholic schools
  • Professional accreditation

    Teachers’ Registration Board of Western Australia

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Education (Primary) / Bachelor of Science, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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