Over 2,000 accredited courses from leading Australian universities, TAFEs and colleges

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; up to 10 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

Want more course info?

What you'll learn

About this course

Begin a rewarding career shaping the young minds of tomorrow with this Bachelor of Education (Primary) course at the University of New England (UNE).

This qualification meets the accreditation requirements for primary initial-teacher education in Australia, allowing you the flexibility to choose from a range of units that cover different aspects of teaching. You'll also have the option to select units from different disciplines to round out your educational experience.

Core units cover basic areas of the primary curriculum, including literacy, numeracy, science and technology, PDHPE, creative arts and humanities and social sciences. You'll pair these with units that tackle pedagogy, teaching methods and assessments to develop a comprehensive skill set.

Available for study online or on campus, this qualification will equip you to pursue a career teaching for primary schools on completion of your degree, or to undertake further study and seek work as a school counsellor.

Practical industry experience

This course includes a mandatory work placement component to ensure that you graduate with a strong mix of practical industry experience that complements your learning. You will be required to complete 80 days of placement, in consultation with the School.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a 50-day internship if you undertake the Professional Placement education focus area.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Bachelor of Education (Primary), you could still be eligible to receive a qualification.

Depending on the number of credit points you've completed, you could exit with the non-accredited, non-teaching Bachelor of Education Studies.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission; AND
  • Have a minimum of three Band 5 and/or E3 HSC results, including one in English; OR
  • Have completed at least one year (48 credit points) of discipline studies (non-education units) in a higher education qualification; OR
  • Have completed a BOSTES-approved alternative entry pathway.

Assumed knowledge is any two units of English.

Students must also satisfy the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • English is the applicant's first language; OR
  • If the applicant is applying for an undergraduate course, satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of applying for admission to UNE, of at least four years of full-time or equivalent full-time study at senior secondary, post-secondary or tertiary level in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the period of study claimed, resulting in an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) award or an award recognised by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR); OR
  • If the applicant is applying for a graduate entry course, satisfactory completion, no more than five years prior to the date of applying for admission to UNE, of at least three years of full-time or equivalent full-time study at tertiary level in English in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, in which English was the sole medium of instruction and assessment for the particular period of study claimed, resulting in an AQF award or an award recognised by NOOSR; OR
  • Have an IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 7.5, including a minimum result of 8.0 in both the speaking and listening modules and 7.0 in reading and writing; OR
  • Have an International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) score of at least 4+ in each of the four areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this education course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Creative arts curriculum studies I & II
  • Society and education
  • Aboriginal education: PrEx 20 days
  • English pedagogy in the Primary curriculum
  • English teaching: focus on reading and writing
  • Literacies in context
  • Text, grammar and writing in the primary school
  • ICT across the curriculum: PrEx 20 days
  • Learners and learning
  • Learners and teaching
  • Planning and assessing for learning: PrEx 20 days
  • Differentiation for talent development
  • Primary mathematics 1: numeracy
  • Primary mathematics 2A: Space, measurement and number
  • Primary mathematics 2B: Statistics, algebra and number
  • Teaching physical education in Primary PDHPE
  • Teaching health education in Primary PDHPE
  • Primary science and technology curriculum studies
  • Primary environmental science for sustainability
  • Educating students in inclusive environments
  • Classroom behaviour management: PrEx 20 days
  • Humanities and social sciences in the primary school 1 & 2
  • Foundations of professional classroom practice
  • Teaching for cultural diversity-NESB students

And one of the following:

  • Schedule 1 - Discipline studies related to Key Learning Area (KLA)
  • Schedule 2 - Education focus area
  • Schedule 3 - Professional placement
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Education (Primary) from the University of New England.

Designed to meet the requirements for primary initial teacher education in Australia, this degree meets the accreditation requirements of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Graduates will be qualified to pursue work in primary school teaching or to seek other education-related careers.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in education could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Primary Teacher
  • Teacher's Aide
  • Education Administrator
  • Policy Developer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

Get more information

Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

Your details will only be shared with the provider listed above.
View our privacy policy

Related Courses

Master of Teaching (Primary)

Available online or on campus, the Master of Teaching (Primary) prepares students for teaching primary school subjects in Australia.

read more

Over 1,000 accredited online courses from leading Australian universities, TAFEs and colleges