Start Date
February

Campus
Whyalla

Duration
4 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
LHSE

SATAC Code
464172 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
SACE Stage 2 Math Methods
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Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 73.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): A,B,B
TAFE/RTO: DIP
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2021 Cut-Offs
TAFE/RTO: Dip
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Degree overview

  • This degree is based at the Whyalla campus, with the flexibility to also study online.
  • Focusing on the learning and development of students from Years 7 to 12.
  • Major in mathematics and digital technologies (sub-major only) on-campus.
  • Get practical experience with field-based starting in your first six months.
  • Graduate career-ready when you complete 100 days of professional placements throughout your degree.
  • 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.
  • Enhance your employment prospects by graduating with demonstrated research skills through your professional Honours project
  • UniSA's education degrees are number one in South Australia1 and top 150 in the world for 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.

12020 QS Subject Rankings 

22021 THE Subject Rankings

3ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-19, Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA-founded universities only.

4Results for Specialist Studies in Education – 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

52021 Good Universities Guide – Teacher Education (Undergraduate).

Snapshot

Snapshot

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.

On-campus Subject (Learning Areas) areas are Mathematics* (major) and Digital Technologies (sub-major only).

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

  • Teaching Children with Disabilities
  • Teaching in Regional and Rural Communities
  • The Educator as Counsellor
  • Peers, Relationships and Health
  • Teaching Linguistically Diverse Learners

*Please note that these subject areas require you to have completed the following prerequisites: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is assumed knowledge for the Major in Mathematics.

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 are our 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 an honours project, 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 YEAR
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
Discrete Mathematics MATH 1043 4.5 Note(s): 4
Statistical Methods MATH 1068 4.5 Note(s): 4
Information Technology Fundamentals INFT 1016 4.5 Note(s): 5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 1: Identity, Diversity and Adolescence EDUC 1109 4.5 Note(s): 1
Calculus 1 MATH 1054 4.5 Note(s): 4
Linear Algebra MATH 1056 4.5 Note(s): 4
Problem Solving and Programming COMP 1039 4.5 Note(s): 5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Design Thinking Studio INFT 1030 4.5 Note(s): 5
Linear Programming and Networks MATH 2014 4.5 Note(s): 4
Game Asset Design INFT 2062 4.5 Note(s): 5
Mathematics Curriculum 1 EDUC 2087 4.5 Note(s): 3
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
Teaching and Learning in Aboriginal Education EDUC 2061 4.5 Note(s): 1
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 6
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Learning, Teaching and Inquiry 3: Creating Positive Secondary Learning Environments EDUC 3085 4.5 Note(s): 1
Professional Experience 3: Informed Planning (HP) EDUC 3086 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 2,3,4
Technologies Curriculum 1 EDUC 2090 4.5 Note(s): 3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Geometry MATH 2033 4.5 Note(s): 4
System Requirements and User Experience INFS 1026 4.5 Note(s): 5
Big Data Concepts INFS 4020 4.5 Note(s): 5
Mathematical Sciences Project MATH 3013 4.5 Note(s): 4
FOURTH YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1)
Honours A: Introduction to Research in Education EDUC 4224 4.5 Note(s): 1
First Semester (Study Period 2 or 3)
Honours B: Research Methodology, Methods and Ethics EDUC 4239 4.5 Note(s): 1
Probabilities and Data MATH 4043 4.5 Note(s): 4,6
Mathematics Curriculum 2 EDUC 4242 4.5 Note(s): 3
Technologies Curriculum 2 EDUC 4236 4.5 Note(s): 3
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. 

Assessment

Assessment

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
  • research proposals
  • research methodologies
  • honours project

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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 Secondary Education (Honours) (Whyalla)

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.

You may be eligible to undertake an additional internship opportunity in the school you are placed in as part of your professional experience.

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:

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

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

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.

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

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
you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application
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 will be required to submit a 400-word Teaching Capabilities Statement with their SATAC application, about their motivation to teach, addressing the topic, ‘Why I want to be a teacher and my understanding of the role’. The Education Statement should include a list of relevant community service, volunteer or professional experiences and significant awards. Complete information on content, format and submission is available here

*Please note that these subject areas require you to have completed the following prerequisites: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods is assumed knowledge for the Major in Mathematics.

Alternative Pathways

Australian

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

Deferment

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.

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

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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest 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

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

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