Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of 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 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 the Science major from your Bachelor of Science.

  • Why study this degree?

    Our Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Program summary

    CoursesUnits of Credit
    Core Curriculum courses 75
    Education compulsory courses 625
    Science compulsory courses 300
    General elective 25
    Total units of credit in the double degree 1025

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

    See Bachelor of Science Program Regulations for details about ScienceMajors 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 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.

  • 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

  • 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 Science BASIS OF ADMISSION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE

    Applicant background

    Semester 1 2019

    Number of students

    Percentage of all students

    (A) Higher education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    00%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study00%
    (C) Work and life experience
    (Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    00%
    (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)
    N/AN/A
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, interview, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    0 0%
    • 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 <5
    International students00%
    All students<5100.0%

    TABLE 2b – Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science ATAR PROFILE DATA FOR APPLICANTS ENTERING ON THE BASIS OF RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION IN SEMESTER 1, 2019 INTAKE

    RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION - ATAR-based offersATAR
    (Excluding adjustment factors) *
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
    [only if relevant]
    Highest rank to receive an offer <5 N/A
    Median rank to receive an offer <5 N/A

    Lowest rank to receive an offer

    <5 N/A

    Notes:  

    “<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

  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / 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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