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.  Students will study the content knowledge required for teaching the primary key learning areas of mathematics, English, science and creative arts. After successfully completing the first year of study, students will commence studying education subjects and undertake professional experiences in schools.

Course information

Study area

Education

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

371

ATAR (UAI)

75

IB Score

26-27

Duration

4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

092683F

UAC Code

755112

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.

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)

110

22

22

24

24

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.

Additional Criteria

To be considered for this course you must submit a personal statement outlining your motivation and suitability for teaching; see http://uac.edu.au/undergraduate/admission/teaching-personal-statement.shtml for more information.

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

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $11,928
Full Course Fee: $95,424

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.

Entry Requirements

Assumed Knowledge: Any 2 units of English

Recommended Studies:
Any two units of Mathematics.

Further information is available at: http://socialsciences.uow.edu.au/education/future/admission-changes/index.html 

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how the results you’ve earned so far in Years 11 and 12 can secure you a place in a UOW degree before you sit your final exams. This program is for students currently completing their Higher School Certificate; an interstate equivalent or an International Baccalaureate in an on-shore Australian High School. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Indicative Criteria
Indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree.
The indicative criteria shows the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.


Tertiary/Secondary Studies

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission:

  • Overseas Year 12 qualification, equivalent to the Higher School Certificate in Australia.
  • A previous Australian Year 12 Higher School Certificate, ie ATAR, UAI, TER, OP, or equivalent
  • A score in the International Baccalaureate equivalent to the required ATAR for this course.
  • Australian Qualification Framework (AQF): Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution, not including UOW College UAP
  • TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)
  • Minimum record of attendance, equal to 1/6 of a bachelor degree from an approved university, provided there is no exclusion or suspension.

Mature Age

Applicants who achieve an appropriate score in one of the following qualifications will be considered for admission:

  • Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in the year preceding enrolment. STAT can be used to gain admission to all undergraduate courses other than Engineering and Law (excluding Mature Age Law). If you haven't been studying for some time please understand that the STAT test can be quite difficult. The WEA STAT Preparation Course is strongly recommended.
  • Limited UAI (5-9 HSC units, including at least 2 units of English) for people over 20 years of age on 1 March in year preceding enrolment. From 2010 the UAI will be replaced by the ATAR.
  • University Entrance Certificate (UEC) and STEP to UOW pathways programs offered through the UOW College.

Additional Criteria

To be considered for this course you must submit a personal statement outlining your motivation and suitability for teaching; see http://uac.edu.au/undergraduate/admission/teaching-personal-statement.shtml for more information.

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.

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.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

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.

Admission information

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 Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

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


STARTING YOUR JOURNEY

Starting your studies at UOW means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet. It means having the freedom and flexibility to tailor your experience, follow your passion and see where it takes you. It means belonging to a University with an international reputation for world-class research and exceptional teaching quality—benefits that will help support you in your future career.


Admission criteria


Higher education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of tertiary studies. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Vocational education & training

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of a prior qualification that is accredited by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), such as those provided at TAFE. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Recent secondary education

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree on the basis of ATAR (Australian Tertiary Academic Rank) or equivalent (ENTER, International Baccalaureate (IB), QLD’s Overall Position (OP), etc.) or an Australian Year 12 equivalent overseas qualification. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.

Work & life experience

This information is intended to provide criteria for eligibility for admission into a UOW undergraduate degree as a mature age student who does not have a sufficient ATAR (or Year 12 results), has not completed previous alternative study or did not finish to a Year 12 level at high school. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed admission criteria to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

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 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (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)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

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

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants: All applications must be made through UAC. On-time UAC applications close 29 September.
  • International applicants: One week prior to the course commencement date.

Session Detail
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Bachelor of Primary Education will demonstrate:

  1. A developing understanding of the complex multi-faceted role of the teacher and the learning environment.
  2. Emerging skills in regards to problem solving, technology and planning for all learners; differentiation of pedagogical strategies and reflection on practice.
  3. An understanding of the theory-practice nexus its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
  4. A holistic understanding of the equity/inequity balance and social justice issues in Australian society.
  5. The ability to manipulate mandatory documents that relate to pedagogy and policy. 

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Primary Education requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points comprising:
    1. 29 core subjects (180cp);
    2. 2 elective subjects (12cp);
    3. No more than 60 credit points will be at 100 level; and
    4. Only 2 elective subjects (12cp) with the prefix EDTR will count towards the degree.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course. 
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
Autumn Session
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills 6 Autumn
EDLL101 Language and Learning 6 Autumn
EDMM101 Mathematics Foundations 6 Autumn
PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
Spring Session
EDSC102 Science Content Knowledge for Educators 6 Spring
EDTA102 The Arts and Culture in Society 6 Spring
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following:
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
MATH132 Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators 6 Spring
Year 2
Autumn Session
EDPD201 Professional Development 1: The Learning Environment 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDKL200 Language and Literacy 1: The Early Years 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDKM201 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 1 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
EDTA201 The Arts in Education 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
Spring Session
EDPD202 Professional Development: The Teacher as a Managing Professional 6 Spring
EDCM202 Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring First Offered 2018
EDKG202 History and Geography in Primary Schools 6 Spring First Offered 2018
EDKL202 Language and Literacy 2: Teaching Encoding & Decoding Skills 6 Spring First Offered 2018
Year 3
Autumn Session
EDPD301 Professional Development: The Teacher as Researcher 6 Autumn
EDSC301 K-6 Science and Technology: Curriculum and Pedagogy 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
EDKL301 Language and Literacy 3: The Later Primary Years 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
EDKP301 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Content & Pedagogy 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
Spring Session
EDFE302 Education Foundations: Cognition & Communication in the Classroom 6 Spring First Offered 2019
EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
EDKM302 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019
Year 4
Autumn Session
EDPD401 Professional Development 3 6 Autumn
EDLE401 Learners with Extra Support Needs 6 Autumn First Offered 2020
EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
EDFE400 Social Perspectives of Education 6 Annual First Offered 2020
Spring Session
EDPD402 Professional Development 4 12 Spring
Plus TWO 6cp subjects selected from the Education electives, Catholic education subjects  or from the General Schedule 12 Spring

Education Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDAP401 Special Topics in Performing Arts Education 6 Autumn
EDAP402 Innovation and Creativity in Visual and Media Arts 6 Spring
EDAW401 Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and Learning 6 Autumn
EDEC401 Disability Issues Across the Lifespan 6 Autumn
EDEC402 Programming for Individuals with High Support Needs 6 Spring
EDEI411 ICT in Education - Project 6 Autumn
EDEL401 Children's Literature in the Later Primary Years 6 Autumn
EDEL402 Critical Viewing and Production in the Primary years 6 Spring
EDEM401 Mathematics Elective 2 6 Autumn
EDEP401 PDHPE Elective B 6 Autumn
EDEP402 PDHPE: Coaching and Sport Administration - Elective C 6 Spring
EDES411 Environmental Science For Primary Education 6 Autumn
EDET411 Methodology in Second Language Teaching 6 Autumn
EDET412 Teaching Speaking and Listening to Second Language Learners 6 Spring
EDEY401 Youth, Culture and Education 6 Autumn
EYEK402 Engaging Koori Kids and their Families 6 Spring
EDEX303 International Teaching Project 6 Not offered in 2017

Catholic Education

Students seeking accreditation with the Catholic Education Office (CEO) are required to complete all four EDTR subjects listed in the table below, however, only two of these will count towards the degree.  To receive full CEO accreditation, students will need to complete additional requirements.  Students must liaise with the CEO in regards to the additional accreditation requirements.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
EDTR201 Introduction to Biblical Studies 6 Spring
EDTR202 Introduction to Theology 6 Summer 2017/2018
EDTR203 Values and Ethics in Religious Education 6 Spring
EDTR204 Sacraments and Liturgy 6 Summer 2017/2018

Collaborative Delivery

The Catholic Education subjects are partially delivered through a collaborative arrangement with the Broken Bay Institute (BBI). Subjects will be taught by a tutor from BBI. Please contact the School for additional information.

Dean's Scholar

A Dean's Scholar program is available for high achieving students. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar).

Honours

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) is a reward and recognition program for students who have achieved three Band 4 scores in their HSC studies, including one in English. Alternatively, students with a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the Bachelor of Primary Education (371) may complete the fourth year at Honours level. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

This degree is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification.  Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.


All students completing a NSW teacher education course will need to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test.

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 
  • Child care worker
  • 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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