Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online

  • Career Outcomes:

    Early Childhood Teacher | Primary Teacher | Teacher's Aide | Education Administrator | Policy Developer | View All

Course Rundown

Study the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course and explore the latest techniques and tools needed to become a successful primary teacher. Run by education professionals, the course covers everything from language and literacy, health and physical education to curriculum planning – everything you need to become a role model to your students. Encompassing a practical component, this online undergraduate degree will give you a well-rounded education and the confidence to work as a teacher and help your students grow and learn.

Practical work placement

To successfully complete this course, you must undertake 81 days of practical work experience in a real classroom. The placement will give you the opportunity to hone your skills in real-world scenarios and build your confidence as a teacher.

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Applicants must meet the following entry requirements to enrol in this course:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), or its equivalent, including units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum score of 25, and meeting the associated minimum ATAR score; OR
  • Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification; OR
  • Significant and relevant work experience

What You’ll Learn

In this primary teaching course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Learning and communicating online
  • Understanding language and literacy
  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • Teaching and learning in the 21st century
  • Develop literacy
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning and development
  • Sustainable education and perspectives
  • Mathematics in the primary classroom
  • Discovering science
  • Supporting diversity and equity
  • Curriculum and pedagogy for primary: practicum 3P
  • Integrated studies
  • Supporting inclusion for primary
  • Teaching the humanities
  • Introduction to curriculum planning and assessment: practicum 1
  • The world of maths
  • Indigenous education and perspectives
  • Contemporary perspectives of learning and development for early childhood
  • Mathematics in practice
  • Understanding and supporting behaviour
  • Curriculum, planning and assessment for primary: practicum 2
  • Teaching literacy
  • Teaching science and technology
  • Health and physical education
  • Teaching in Australian schools
  • Arts education
  • Assessment for primary
  • Ready to teach professional experience: practicum 4

Students must also complete 4 elective units.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

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With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.

Student Support

As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Swinburne University of Technology. 

This undergraduate qualification will ready you for a career in primary school teaching. Accredited by VIT, this course will help you become innovative and effective with the ability to build a strong rapport with your students.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through HECS-HELP. Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

HECS-HELP 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.