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4 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 26,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Ranked #6 in Australia for international outlook.1
  • UniSA’s new education degrees offer Honours with a difference.
  • Study our new Honours degrees, which let you graduate with an achievable and highly sought-after qualification in just four years.
  • Study at Mawson Lakes, Magill, Mount Gambier, Whyalla or online.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests when you select a primary specialism.
  • Study a Learning Area of interest that aligns with the Australian Curriculum.
  • Benefit from a pathway straight into further study.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by graduating with demonstrated research skills through your Honours project.
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements in a variety of settings, including metropolitan and rural schools, starting in the first six months.
  • Benefit from flexible study options, including online study (depending on the primary specialism chosen).
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • Gain an international perspective when you get the opportunity to complete one of your placements in an overseas setting.
  • No. 2 in Australia for student services.2

THE  World University Rankings 2019
2 International Student Barometer (of 32 institutions in Australia surveyed) Campus Central Student Advisory Services 2018



UniSA’s new education degrees offer honours with a difference. They focus on you being ready-to-teach, with enhanced career opportunities, with the added benefit of graduating with an Honours.  You will graduate skilled, confident and ready to pursue your teaching career in early childhood or primary education.

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) is a new four-year professional degree solely focused on teaching that will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to thrive as a contemporary educator in junior primary and primary settings.

As well as real-world experience, you will also be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning with a primary specialism, focusing on particular Learning Area aligned with the Australian Curriculum:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Science

At Magill campus, the primary specialisms offered are:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Psychical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Mathematics

At Mawson Lakes campus, the primary specialisms offered are:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The primary specialism offered externally include:

  • Arts
  • English
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages (Italian only)

Please note that while your home campus may offer specific specialisms, you are able to study your specialism cross-campus.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

This degree is structured around four components: curriculum studies; professional experience; education studies; and primary specialism.

  • curriculum studies courses examine the specific learning areas of the primary school curriculum
  • professional experience courses allow students to develop their knowledge and skills in a practical environment
  • education studies include courses that explore what it means to be an educator
  • primary specialism includes courses in the following Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum:
    • Arts
    • Design and Technology
    • English
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Languages
    • Mathematics
    • Science

You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in primary schools from reception to year seven. Placements are taken on a continuous full-time basis at designated times during the year, as organised by the University in partnership with the schooling sectors.

The key focus of this honours degree is research and the production of an honours project at the end of your studies.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
Language and Numeracy for Learning EDUC 1106 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Digital Literacies for Learning EDUC 1101 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 1: Learning through Play EDUC 1102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Design and Technology Education EDUC 1018 4.5 Note(s): 3
Theories of Learning EDUC 1077 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 1 4.5 Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Studies in English Education 1 EDUC 2058 4.5 Note(s): 3
Health and Physical Education EDUC 2006 4.5 Note(s): 3
Humanities and Social Sciences Education EDUC 2056 4.5 Note(s): 3
Primary Specialism 2 4.5 Note(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Mathematics Education EDUC 2059 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 2: Creating Positive Learning Environments EDUC 2078 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science and Mathematics Education 1 (Years R-7) EDUC 3075 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning EDUC 3061 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Inclusive Education EDUC 3055 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Science and Mathematics Education 2 EDUC 3073 4.5 Note(s): 3
Studies in English Education 2 EDUC 3062 4.5 Note(s): 3
Foundations in Learning and Teaching 3: Educating for Diversity and Inclusion EDUC 3079 4.5 Note(s): 1
Primary Specialism 3 4.5 Note(s): 4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Primary Specialism 4 4.5 Note(s): 4
Honours A: Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
Critical Perspectives on Curriculum Pedagogy, and Assessment EDUC 4212 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, 6 or 7)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Educator as Inquirer EDUC 4228 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4,5
Honours B: Research Project EDUC 4225 9 Note(s): 1

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays
  • reports
  • examinations
  • research proposals
  • research methodologies
  • presentations
  • honours thesis
  • professional experience placements

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

Why this Degree

The addition of Honours offers a higher-level qualification, which will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities due to your ability to undertake research.

Honours is a focused approach to learning and is attainable and achievable by all, including you. It adds no extra time to your degree, and you will develop planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills that are essential for a career as a contemporary educator.

This degree is industry-relevant and prepares you from day one for the practical nature of your role as a primary educator.

The curriculum is informed by our world-class research – research that has been ranked number one in SA*– and you will complete specialist courses that will focus on your particular areas of interest.

Overseas professional experience is also available to interested students, with the University offering the opportunity for you to undertake up to 20 days of professional experience as part of an overseas placement. 

*2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

Workplace learning is a major focus of this degree and throughout your studies you will complete 100 days of field-based placements in primary school settings. This practical experience will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation and will also help to build industry networks and relationships.


We also host regular University-wide employee master classes, employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) program offers a range of diverse employment options beyond teaching only specific roles. You may choose to work for a variety of employers including:

  • business associations
  • the Department for Education
  • private and community-based child care providers
  • Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
  • the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

The Honours program will equip you with an additional qualification and specialised skills which will enhance your employment prospects if you choose to continue into teaching. The demand for teachers is high* and UniSA education degrees are ranked number one in South Australia for graduate employment**. Careers to consider:

  • primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in reception to year seven
  • junior primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children aged five to eight

*Australian Governments Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

**QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only

You may also choose to continue onto further research with a PhD, Masters of Education or Education Doctorate.*

*A class 2A honours grade or higher is required.

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student gyms, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I am passionate about supporting our pre-service teachers to be successful teachers by focusing on sound pedagogical practices, which include how to generate inquiry based questions.

Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Dr Yvonne Zeegers

Program Director


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