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Start Date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code

474092 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge
Refer to program schedule and notes
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Entry Scores
2024 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 73.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): A,B,B
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2023 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 73.00
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Degree overview

  • This degree is based at the Mount Gambier campus, with the flexibility to also study online.
  • Focusing on the learning and development of students from Years 7 to 12.
  • Major in English*, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology (sub-major only) or Digital Technologies (sub-major only).
  • Get practical experience with field-based placements starting in your first six months.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • Learn with experienced secondary school teachers in collaborative learning classes.
  • Build professional knowledge through education and curriculum studies, school, community and industry-based experiences.
  • Graduate career-ready and with Honours in just four years. The addition of Honours will set you apart from your competitors and provide increased employment opportunities.
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1 and World top 150 in Education2.
  • UniSA is ranked No.1 in SA for graduate careers in education3.
  • Our curriculum is informed by our above world-class research in education4.
  • UniSA is No.1 in SA for starting salaries in Teaching5.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities6, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

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*Please note that these subject areas require you to have completed the following prerequisites: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is a pre-requisite for the Major in Mathematics. SACE Stage 2 English or Stage 2 English Literary Studies is assumed knowledge for the major and sub-major in English.



The Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) is a four-year professional teaching degree that will equip you with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to thrive as a contemporary educator in secondary school settings.

As well as real-world experience, you will be given the opportunity to fine-tune your learning as you focus on two subject areas (Learning Areas) aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Your selected major and sub-major will enable you to teach in both of these subject areas up to Year 12.

Choose from subject areas (Learning Areas):

  • English*
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Psychology (sub-major only)
  • Digital Technologies (sub-major only).

You can also select from a range of elective subjects including:

  • Teaching in Regional and Rural Locations
  • Integrated Teaching and Vocational Education in Secondary Settings
  • Constructions of Wellbeing and Identity 

*Please note that this subject area requires you to have completed the following prerequisites: SACE Stage 2 English or Stage 2 English Literary Studies is assumed knowledge for the major and sub-major in English.

The Australian Government is providing financial support for initial teacher education (ITE) students commencing full-time teaching degrees from 2024. You could be eligible for up to $40,000. Conditions apply. Find out more.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will learn the skills and develop the knowledge to teach adolescent students from Years 7-12 in the major and sub-major subjects of your choice.  You will have the opportunity to develop a broad and coherent body of knowledge through the following three components of the program:

  • curriculum studies – includes courses that introduce and consolidate the specific teaching content of your major and sub-major learning areas
  • professional experience courses – placement courses, which allow you to develop and practice your professional knowledge and skills in secondary classroom settings
  • education studies – includes courses that explore more broadly what it means to be an educator of adolescent students

Your studies will culminate in a Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment, where you will be able to reflect on your developing professional understanding and practice as a new teacher. This reflection will be an invaluable resource to support continuous improvement in your teaching.

You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in secondary school settings. 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.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Experience 1: Introduction to Educators' Practices EDUC 1081 4.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 1: Identity, Diversity and Adolescence EDUC 1109 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1)
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2 or 3)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
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
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 2: Pedagogy, Curriculum and Inclusivity EDUC 2086 4.5 Note(s): 1
Curriculum Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Curriculum Sub-Major 1 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (HP) EDUC 3086 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 3: Creating Positive Secondary Learning Environments EDUC 3085 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
Sub-Major 4.5 Note(s): 7,8
First Semester (Study Period 1)
Honours Educational Research: Theory, Literature and Policy EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2 or 3)
Honours Research Methodology: Methods and Ethics EDUC 4239 4.5 Note(s): 1
Major 4.5 Note(s): 6,8
Curriculum Sub-Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3,5
Curriculum Major 2 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Professional Experience 4 (Honours): Inquiry into Practice EDUC 4245 13.5 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4,5

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, as well as to 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:

  • professional experience placements
  • presentations
  • reports
  • essays
  • examinations
  • digital portfolios
  • websites
  • videos.

Why Bachelor of Secondary Education (Honours) (Mount Gambier)

Why this Degree

This degree prepares you from day one for the practical nature of your role as a secondary educator across the schooling years of 7-12. You will be equipped with the professional skills and knowledge to meet the learning needs of adolescent learners and teach in two subject areas up to Year 12. You will undertake 100 days of professional placements in secondary schools, providing you with the confidence and networks to succeed as a secondary educator.

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 think critically and strategically, to problem solve and to undertake classroom-based research.

Real-world connections

Practical workplace learning is a major focus of this degree, as we want to ensure you’re prepared with the skills and experience to be an effective educator. Throughout your degree, you will complete 100 days of field-based placements in secondary school settings and can be involved in community and industry experiences. A range of practical experiences will equip you with the skills and confidence needed after graduation and will also help to build community and industry networks and relationships.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

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. Careers to consider include:

  • secondary school teacher
  • senior coordinator
  • education consultant
  • youth support officer
  • education policy adviser

Note: Graduates can apply for teacher registration in South Australia, interstate and some overseas countries. Applicants should note that there are other criteria determining eligibility for registration by the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia and other registration and regulatory authorities.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • continue your application when you are redirected through to the SATAC website
  • address the non-academic entry requirements

    -----Additional entry requirements-----

In accordance with national teacher education program standards, please note that as part of your SATAC application, you are also required to meet non-academic entry requirements. 

All applicants who wish to commence study in our Education degrees are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement in addition to your SATAC application. This supports the national priority to ensure those entering the teaching profession have the personal qualities to best support learners and graduate as classroom ready, high quality teachers.  
The Teaching Capabilities Statement complies with the national Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) initial teacher education program standard of academic and non-academic entry requirements. Further information can be found on the Entry Requirements page

*Please note that these subject areas require you to have completed the following pre-requisites: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is a pre-requisite  for the Major in Mathematics.

Alternative Pathways


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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 sports and fitness facilities, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

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