Bachelor of Primary Education

Course summary

Primary teaching is a rewarding profession that can change lives. A primary teacher educates children from Kindergarten to Year 6 (ages 5 to 12 years) and teaches all areas of the Australian primary curriculum. UOW Bachelor of Primary Education graduates focus on educating the 'whole child' and promote lifelong learning in children.

This degree is a nationally accredited qualification for employment as a Kindergarten to Year 6 teacher in the public and independent school systems. You will learn through on-campus classes and online learning as well as school and community placements. The extensive professional experience program involves placement in schools from the second year of your degree, allowing you to learn by observation and apply your skills in the classroom early in your degree.

During your studies you will have opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, to study overseas with UOW's international exchange and study abroad partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs.

What you will study

The first year of study is focused on studying subjects that will develop mathematics and literacy competencies.  You will study the content required for teaching the key learning areas of Mathematics, English, Science and Technology, and explore the impact of psychology and culture on education in our society. After successfully completing the first year of study, you will commence education teaching subjects and undertake professional experiences in schools.

Teaching is an academically rigorous profession and teachers play a critical role in our communities. Strengthening requirements for studying teaching degrees is an initiative of the NSW Government to ensure that initial teacher education programs prepare high-quality graduate teachers who can respond to the needs of all learners and make a positive impact on student learning. At UOW we are committed to ensuring our graduates are of the highest standard by setting appropriate entry criteria and maintaining a strong developmental program that supports teacher education students from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences, abilities and perspectives to become the teachers of the future.

Course information

Study area

Education

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

371

ATAR-SR

75

IB Score

26

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

092683F

UAC Code

755112

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR-Selection Rank of 75 or an IB of 26. This includes the effect of adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

Adjustment factors, such as the subjects you are studying, the area in which you live or equity and access schemes, are taken into consideration and these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. Find out more about UOW's adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

WORKLOAD

A full time study load is four x 6 credit point subjects per session. Each 6 credit point subject implies a work load of  approx 12 hours per week i.e. 2 hours per credit point. Of the weekly 12 hours per subject, on average 3-5 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials, workshops or lab sessions.

Class attendance ranges between 12-16 hours per week for full-time study, depending on the course studied.

Students are required to balance the remaining hours to meet the reading, research, assignment and other work requirements of each subject.

RECORD CHECK

New enrolling students will be required to complete the new online Working with Children Check and clearance must be obtained prior to attending Professional Experience.

Please note: Professional Experience is a compulsory component embedded in our undergraduate and Master of Teaching courses. Therefore it is an expectation that students who participate in these courses are capable of meeting the demands of navigating their own way to, from and around the Professional Experience contexts (e.g. school sites). It needs to be noted that the off-campus environment is beyond the control of UOW.

FEES

Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia. A teaching questionnaire will also need to be completed as part of the application.

In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.5

7.0

7.0

8.0

8.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

106

25

25

28

27

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 75 in Academic Reading and Writing)
Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

Click here for more information on UOW's credit transfer arrangements.

WORKLOAD

A full time study load is four x 6 credit point subjects per session. Each 6 credit point subject implies a work load of  approx 12 hours per week i.e. 2 hours per credit point. Of the weekly 12 hours per subject, on average 3-5 hours will be spent in lectures, tutorials, workshops or lab sessions.

Class attendance ranges between 12-16 hours per week for full-time study, depending on the course studied.

Students are required to balance the remaining hours to meet the reading, research, assignment and other work requirements of each subject.

RECORD CHECK

New enrolling students will be required to complete the new online Working with Children Check and clearance must be obtained prior to attending Professional Experience.

Please note: Professional Experience is a compulsory component embedded in our undergraduate and Master of Teaching courses. Therefore it is an expectation that students who participate in these courses are capable of meeting the demands of navigating their own way to, from and around the Professional Experience contexts (e.g. school sites). It needs to be noted that the off-campus environment is beyond the control of UOW.

FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$14,232 (2020)

$113,856 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 25 – 27 February 2020
Session: 2 March – 25 June 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2019.
  • International Applicants: 14 February 2020. Late applications may be considered.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, empathy and respect for the linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity of children, families and communities in contemporary Australia.
2 Demonstrate sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the complexity of child development and its impact on academic learning and development.
3 Demonstrate understanding of teaching as a collaborative profession involving productive relationships with parents and colleagues that is driven by ethical behaviour, professional learning, systematic reflection and deep understandings about a diversity of learners.
4 Demonstrate deep theoretical understanding and domain specific content knowledge for the six primary key learning areas as a foundation for effective teaching.
5 Demonstrate an understanding of teaching as a complex multi-faceted and ever-changing role that requires effective communication, organisation, resilience, empathy and adaptability to ensure all learners are engaged in expert, dynamic, and contemporary learning experiences.
6 Demonstrate contemporary pedagogies informed by theory, research and reflective practice that engage learners in safe, effective and appropriate learning experiences informed by rigorous and comprehensive assessment practices, and sensitive, timely and constructive feedback.
7 Demonstrate understanding of compliance requirements related to mandated curricula, professional accreditation and the implementation of legislated policy.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Primary Education requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points comprising:
    1. 28 core subjects (174cp);
    2. 3 elective subjects (18cp); and
    3. No more than 60 credit points will be at 100 level.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course.
  3. Students must successfully complete 36 credit points from the Year 1 subjects to be eligible for the first Professional Experience and to enrol in Year 2 subjects. Students should also note that a number of subject pre-requisites will be in place throughout the course.
  4. To be eligible for the final Professional Experience, students must have passed all core subjects in the first three and a half years of their degree, successfully completed the Literacy and Numeracy Test (LANTITE) and be enrolled in any annual and final semester core subjects.
  5. Students must successfully complete all subject requirements, including the teaching performance assessment (UOW TPA) in EDPD402, to be eligible to graduate.

Students may choose to complete the Mathematics and Numeracy in Education minor.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
EDLE100 Learning in Higher Education 6 Autumn
EDLL101 Language and Learning 6 Autumn
EDMM101 Mathematics Foundations 6 Autumn
PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDSC102 Science Content Knowledge for Educators 6 Spring
EDSO101 Education and Society 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following:
EDPD100 * Introduction to the Profession 6 Spring
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
MATH132 ** Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators 6 Spring

* This subject is only available to students who have three Band 5 scores in their HSC results, including one in English.
** This subject is required for students who are seeking a NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation.

Year 2
Autumn Session
EDPD201 Professional Development 1: The Learning Environment 6 Autumn
EDKL200 Language and Literacy 1: The Early Years 6 Autumn
EDKM201 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 1 6 Autumn
EDKP201 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Content & Pedagogy 6Autumn
Spring Session
EDPD202 Professional Development 2: The Teacher as Managing Professional 6 Spring
EDKG202 History and Geography in Primary Schools 6 Spring
EDKM202 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2 6 Spring
EDKL202 Language and Literacy 2: Teaching the Constrained Skills in Context 6 Spring
Year 3
Autumn Session
EDPD301 Professional Development 3: The Teacher as Researcher 6 Autumn
EDSC301 K-6 Science and Technology: Curriculum and Pedagogy 6 Autumn
EDTA301 The Arts in Education 6 Not available in 2020
EDAE301 Aboriginal Education 6 Not available in 2020
Spring Session
EDFE302 Education Foundations: Cognition & Communication in the Classroom 6 Spring
EDCM302 Classroom Management: Creating Positive School Environments 6 Not available in 2020
EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring

Plus ONE 6 credit point subject selected from the School of Education electives, or from the General Schedule.
Recommendations: EDEM302 is required for those seeking a NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation, EDRM302 is required for those seeking admission into Honours.

Year 4
Autumn Session
EDPD401 Professional Development 3: The Teacher as Planner 6 Autumn
EDKL401 Language and Literacy 3: The Later Primary Years 6 Not available in 2020
EDLE401 Inclusive Education in Schools 6 Not available in 2020
EDFE401 Educational Foundations: Sociology and Cultural Studies of Education 6 Autumn
Spring Session
EDPD402 Professional Development 4: The Teacher as Reflective Practitioner 12 Spring
EDIT402 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Not available in 2020

Plus ONE 6 credit point subject selected from the School of Education electives, or from the General Schedule.
Recommendations: EDEM402 is required for those seeking a NSW Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation.

Mathematics and Numeracy in Education Minor

Students have the option of completing the Mathematics and Numeracy in Education minor. This minor will offer students the opportunity to develop more comprehensive discipline and pedagogical knowledge, so they can facilitate enriched teaching practices in primary school classrooms.  Subjects completed in this minor will count towards the NESA recognised Mathematics/Numeracy specialisation.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
 MATH132  Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators  6  Spring
 EDKM202  Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2  6  Spring
 EDEM302  Mathematics Elective 1  6  Spring
 EDEM402  Quality Teaching in Mathematics  6  Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

This degree is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification. All students will receive a national English/Literacy specialisation on successful completion of the program. A NSW specialisation in Mathematics/Numeracy is also available to students with relevant interest and aptitude.

Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.

The University of Wollongong is committed to supporting students to meet the accreditation requirements to teach in Catholic Diocesan schools.

Why choose this course

UOW Education degrees produce career-ready accredited graduates with extensive professional experience and strong industry links. Our academics are accredited professionals and published authors who are passionate about teaching and connected to industry networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

UOW Education has strong community ties with schools and an extensive professional experience program. You will also have access to academic staff and career consultants, who provide services and support to increase your employability.

Career opportunities
  • School teacher 
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational manager
  • Preschool teacher
  • Private college teacher
  • Recreational activities coordinator
  • Sport development officer
  • TAFE teacher
  • Training and development officer
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