Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science
School of Education, Fremantle Campus
At The University of Notre Dame Australia, we are committed to helping students become professionals who are in great demand in the workforce and this is especially true of our Education double degrees. The Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Behavioural Science provides students with the qualifications to work with students aged from 12 to 17 years in Catholic, Independent and Government schools. As part of your studies, you will complete 32 weeks of school-based practical experience and also choose a teaching Major in addition to your Behavioural Science Major.
Why study this degree?
Our Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Behavioural Science is a well-rounded undergraduate program that combines theory, the latest teaching technology, and plenty of hands-on classroom experience. Working from a rigorous and practical curriculum, you will acquire the academic skills needed to teach secondary school students. In addition, you will be required to choose one major teaching area such as English, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science or Religious Education and complete eight courses in this chosen major.
The Bachelor of Behavioural Science component of the double degree combines elements of psychology, political science, cultural studies and sociology. Integrating specialised knowledge developed in these social science disciplines, and with a strong focus on critical psychology, forges a connection between traditional psychology and social work. You will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work with those who may be experiencing marginalisation or disadvantage. You will also develop an understanding and respect for social and cultural diversity.
This double degree will give you the skills and knowledge you need to operate effectively in an educational setting.
An integral part of your degree is the 32 weeks of supervised teaching (practicum) experience. This is divided into two weeks of classroom immersion and teacher assistance in your first year; one term with a special focus on your Learning Area Major in your second year; one term with a special focus on your second Learning Area in your fourth year; and an internship in your final year which focuses on both your Learning Area Majors, as well as Religious Education if you have chosen to complete your accreditation to teach Religious Education.
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.
Courses Units of Credit Core Curriculum courses 75 Education compulsory courses 600 Behavioural Science compulsory courses 300 General electives 50 Total units of credit in the double degree 1025
Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.
See Bachelor of Behavioural Science Regulations for details about Behavioural Science Majors and courses.
You will learn from academics who are leaders in their fields and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.
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.
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;
- Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 80 or above;
- Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.
This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:
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.
Teaching opportunities in the following schools are open to graduates of this program:
- Independent schools
- Government schools
- Catholic schools
Student profile data
Table 2 below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this Program. It provides data on all students who commenced in this Program in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
TABLE 2a – Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE
Semester 1 2020
Number of students
Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, interview, school marks & recommendation with no minimum ATAR requirement)
<5 75% International students <5 N/A All students <5 100.0%
TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Behavioural Science ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2020 INTAKE
RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offers ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *[only if relevant]
Highest rank to receive an offer 93.35 N/A Median rank to receive an offer 88.60 N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer
“<5” – the number of students is less than 5
N/A – Students not accepted in this category
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR