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Start date
February
July

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LHPE

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2021: AUD$ 29,400 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)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
098151G

Degree overview

  • UniSA’s education degrees offer Honours with a difference.
  • Our Honours degrees allow you to graduate with an achievable and highly sought-after qualification in just four years.
  • 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.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • UniSA is ranked top 10 in Australia and top 100 in the world for education1.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education2.
  • No. 2 in Australia for student services3.
  • This degree is based at the Mawson Lakes campus, with the flexibility to also study at Magill campus or online.

12020 QS Subject Rankings.
2Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).
32018 International Student Barometer (of 32 institutions in Australia surveyed) Campus Central Student Advisory Services.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Based at the Mawson Lakes campus, this degree offers honours with a difference. Graduate ready-to-teach, with enhanced career opportunities, and the added benefit of graduating with Honours. You will graduate skilled, confident and ready to pursue your teaching career in primary education.

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) is a 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
  • Religious Education (Catholic Studies)
  • Science

At Mawson Lakes campus, the primary specialisms offered are:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education (Catholic Studies)
  • Science

At Magill campus, the primary specialisms offered are:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education (Catholic Studies)

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.

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The aim of this degree is to provide you with knowledge across a range of contexts. The learning is largely practically-based, and centres heavily on the principles and concepts relating to the primary school curriculum. The four key components of the curriculum include:

  • 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
    • Religious Education (Catholic Education) 
    • Science


You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in primary schools from reception to year six. 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 YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations in Arts Education EDUC 2054 4.5 Note(s): 3
Language and Mathematics 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
LANTITE Program Requirements EDUC 4237 0 Rule(s): 5
SECOND YEAR
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)
Professional Experience 2: Curriculum and Pedagogy EDUC 2062 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Science and Mathematics Education 1 EDUC 3073 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Science and Mathematics Education 2 (Years R-7) EDUC 3075 4.5 Note(s): 3
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (HP) EDUC 3086 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)
Mathematics Education EDUC 2059 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
FOURTH YEAR
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): 1,6
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: Developing a Research Proposal EDUC 4239 4.5 Note(s): 1
Honours C: Research Findings EDUC 4240 4.5 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.

Assessment

Assessment

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 solely focused on primary education, with specialist courses that will focus on your particular area of interest. Much of the learning in this industry-relevant degree is practical in nature, ensuring you graduate career-ready as a primary educator. The practical component begins in the first six months, giving you the opportunity early on to experience exactly what the job is all about. 

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.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

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 primary school teaching field shows promising job prospects Australia-wide, with strong long-term growth*. Careers to consider:

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

*Joboutlook.gov.au July 2020.

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.

The initial teacher education qualification for the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) meets the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (the Board) qualification requirements for the purpose of teacher registration in South Australia and the requirements of the national approach to the Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education Programs in Australia.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Successful completion of this program provides a recognised academic qualification which will enable graduates to apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities. Applicants are advised to check registration requirements as they are subject to change.

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

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Scholarships

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 are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. 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 lots 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, a 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 Deborah Green

Program Director

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