Bachelor of Science Education

Course summary

Science Education at UOW involves learning science and how to teach it effectively. As a science teacher you will teach the structure and behaviour of both the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. UOW educated science teachers have practical teaching skills and a high-level knowledge of science.

Science Education at UOW qualifies you to be a high school science teacher. You will complete extensive professional experience throughout your degree, which allows you to learn by observation and apply your skills in the classroom. You will also have opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, and to study overseas with UOW's international exchange and study abroad partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs.

UOW offers up to five Science Secondary Education Scholarships valued at $1,500p.a. to students starting this degree with an ATAR above 80 and Band 5 in at least one science subject.

What you will study

During this four-year degree you will study a combination of science and education subjects allowing you to practically apply both disciplines throughout your degree.

Science subjects including biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, and physics are complemented with education subjects about teaching and learning strategies including learning and development, pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching), professional teaching skills, curriculum studies and meeting learners' needs.

Course information

Study area

Education

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

887

ATAR (UAI)

73

IB Score

25-26

Duration

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

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

069491F

UAC Code

755103

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.

Credit Transfer

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.

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: Mathematics (not Mathematics General 2) plus any two units of English. 
Recommended Studies: Four units of Science selected from Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Earth and Environment. Students with a limited background in these subjects, or mathematics, are advised to enrol in bridging courses held in February each year.

Graduates intending to seek employment in NSW schools to teach at secondary level must have achieved specific levels of study in English at NSW HSC level (or equivalent).

EARLY ADMISSION
UOW Early Admission is how your high marks in Years 11 and 12 can earn 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 Australia only. For more information, and to apply for Early Admission, head to the UOW Early Admission website.

Below is the indicative Early Admission criteria for this degree. These are the subjects and results that we believe you need to have a good chance of performing well in this degree.

Indicative Criteria
At least three ATAR Category A subjects including Mathematics and one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environment, Physics) with a minimum of 70% in standard subjects or 65% in Extension subjects.

Indicative Criteria Dean's Scholar
At least three ATAR Category A subjects including Mathematics and one science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environment, Physics) with a minimum of 85% in standard subjects or 80% in Extension subjects.

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; Cert IV (excluding Trade Certificates) may be considered for some programs
  • A Diploma or Foundation Studies Program from a recognised private institution.
  • 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:

  • University Access Program (UOW College). The UAP does not provide entry to a 4-year professional degree or any of the double degree programs.
  • 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. If you haven't been studying for some time you may want to consider a WEA STAT Preparation Course.
  • 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.

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.

Credit Transfer

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.

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 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 Science Education will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and practical knowledge of educational principles within the context of secondary science teaching.
    2. Demonstrate coherent core knowledge of the fundamentals of secondary science disciplines.
    3. Demonstrate depth and breadth of knowledge in one or more discipline areas of sciences.
    4. Demonstrate their cognitive and technical skills to create teaching tools and critically review, analyse, synthesise and solve problems within a scientific field.
    5. Demonstrate critical thinking and judgement when problem solving and identifying the complexities of their role as secondary science teachers.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate educational knowledge and scientific principles and problem solving skills in the teaching environment.
    7. Demonstrate autonomy and problem solving ability in professional practice, including differentiation of pedagogical strategies, planning teaching and learning activities and reflection on practice within secondary science education.
    8. Demonstrate their capacity to be reflective practitioners with an evolving understanding of the multi-faceted role of the teacher within the learning environment. 

    Course Structure

    The Bachelor of Science Education requires the successful completion of at least 192 credit points*. Students are required to select a first teaching area in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics, and complete the subjects specified in the relevant table.

    In addition to the course work requirements, students are required to complete the compulsory Professional Experience components embedded in the course.

    *The University of Wollongong is in the process of standardising subject credit point values to multiples of 6. We expect that subject codes and credit point values for existing 8 credit point subjects will vary during this transition period. Please check these and future year Handbook pages for updates.

    Biology as First Teaching Area

    In addition to qualifying for Biology as a first teaching area, students will satisfy the requirements for a second area in Chemistry by completing at least two of the core CHEM subjects listed in the table below.
    For Earth and Environmental Science as a second teaching area, students will need to complete one EESC subject.
    For Physics as a second teaching area, students will need to complete two PHYS subjects.  Note that PHYS subjects often have MATH pre-requisites.  This option will require students to exceed the minimum degree requirement of 192cp. 

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
    BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following*:
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
    *Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 . All other students must select CHEM104 .
    Spring
    BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
    SCED101 Conceptions of Science 6 Spring
    Plus ONE of the following**:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
    **Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must complete CHEM102 . All other students must select CHEM105 . Students who complete CHEM104 and CHEM105 must also complete CHEM106 in Summer session.  A maximum of 60cp at 100 level will count towards the degree.  Any additional 100 level subjects will be over the minimum degree requirement.
    Plus ONE of the following:
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
    PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6 Spring
    Year 2
    Autumn
    EDPS111 Education Foundations: Introduction to Teacher Education 6 Autumn
    BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
    BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following***:
    MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
    BIOL240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 6 Autumn
    ***Students who completed HSC Advanced Mathematics with Band 3 or lower, or HSC General Mathematics are required to successfully complete MATH151.  MATH151 is also available in Summer or Year 4 Autumn session.
    Spring
    EDPS201 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education I 6 Spring
    EDSS202 Science Pedagogy 1 6 Spring
    EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
    EDPS302 Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring
    Year 3
    Autumn
    EDPS222 Teachers as Communicators 6 Autumn
    EDLE301 Learners With Exceptional Needs 6 Autumn
    EDPS301 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education II 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
    Spring
    BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
    BIOL241 Biodiversity of Terrestrial Organisms 6 Spring
    STAT252 Statistics For the Natural Sciences 6 Spring
    EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
    Plus ONE 6cp general schedule elective in either Year 3 Summer or Year 4 Autumn session, prior to the Professional Experience period in Year 4 Spring session.
    Year 4
    Autumn
    BIOL362 Ecophysiology 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    BIOL365 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 6Autumn First Offered 2018
    CHEM325 Bioinformatics: Genome, Genes and Biomolecules6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EDPS401 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education III 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
    Spring
    EDPS402 Leadership,Management & Professional Learning in Secondary Education 12 Spring First Offered 2019
    EDSS402 Science Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019

    Chemistry as First Teaching Area

    In addition to qualifying for Chemistry as a first teaching area, students may choose to qualify for a second teaching area in Physics, Biology or Earth and Environmental Science by choosing different elective options.  Please note that qualifying for a second teaching area might require students to exceed the minimum degree requirement of 192cp. 
    For Physics as a second teaching area, students need to complete MATH187 , MATH188 and two PHYS subjects.
    For Biology as a second teaching area, students need to complete two BIOL subjects.
    For Earth and Environmental Science as a second teaching area, students need to complete one BIOL subject and one EESC subject.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
    Plus ONE of the following:
    PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
    BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following*:
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
    *Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 . All other students must select CHEM104. 
    Plus ONE of the following***:
    MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
    MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
    ***Students who completed HSC Advanced Mathematics with Band 3 or lower, or HSC General Mathematics are required to successfully complete MATH151.
    Spring
    SCED101 Conceptions of Science 6 Spring
    Plus ONE of the following**:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
    **Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM102 . All other students must select CHEM105 . Students who complete CHEM104 and CHEM105 must also complete CHEM106 in Summer session. A maximum of 60cp at 100 level will count towards the degree. Any additional 100 level subjects will be over the minimum requirement for the degree.
    Plus TWO of the following:
    BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
    PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
    Year 2
    Autumn
    EDPS111 Education Foundations: Introduction to Teacher Education 6 Autumn
    CHEM211 Inorganic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
    CHEM212 Organic Chemistry II 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following:
    BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
    BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
    Spring
    EDPS201 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education I 6 Spring
    EDSS202 Science Pedagogy 1 6 Spring
    EDPS302 Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring
    EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
    Year 3
    Autumn
    EDPS222 Teachers as Communicators 6 Autumn
    EDLE301 Learners With Exceptional Needs 6 Autumn
    EDPS301 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education II 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
    Spring
    CHEM213 Molecular Structure, Reactivity and Change 6 Spring
    CHEM214 Analytical and Environmental Chemistry 6 Spring
    EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
    Plus ONE 200 level subject from the Biology, Physics or Earth and Environmental Science schedule. 6 Spring
    Plus ONE 6cp general schedule elective in either Year 3 Summer or Year 4 Autumn session, prior to the Professional Experience period in Year 4 Spring session.
    Year 4
    Autumn
    EDPS401 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education III 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
    Plus THREE subjects selected from the following:
    CHEM324 Instrumental Analysis 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    CHEM337 Environmental Chemistry 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    CHEM341 Chemistry Laboratory Project 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    CHEM374 Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure Elucidation 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    Spring
    EDPS402 Leadership, Management & Professional Learning in Secondary Education 12 Spring First Offered 2019
    EDSS402 Science Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019

    Earth and Environmental Science as First Teaching Area

    In addition to qualifying for Earth and Environmental Science as a first teaching area, students may choose to qualify for a second teaching area in Physics, Biology or Chemistry by choosing different elective options.  Please note that this might require students to exceed the minimum degree requirement of 192cp. 
    For Physics as a second teaching area, students need to complete two PHYS subjects.
    For Chemistry as a second teaching area, students need to complete two CHEM subjects.
    For Biology as a second teaching area, students need to complete two BIOL subjects and either two CHEM or two PHYS subjects.  At least two of these four subjects will need to be at 200 level or higher. Note that most 200 level Biology subjects will have pre-requisites.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
    EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following***:
    MATH151 General Mathematics 1A 6 Autumn
    MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
    ***Students who completed HSC Advanced Mathematics with Band 3 or lower, or HSC General Mathematics are required to successfully complete MATH151.
    Plus one of the following*:
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
    PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
    *Note: The subject selected in Autumn will determine the subject you select in Spring session. Students who select PHYS141 in Autumn will be required to select PHYS142 in Spring session. Students who wish to complete one of the CHEM subjects must select CHEM101 if they have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent. All other students must select CHEM104.
    Spring
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    SCED101 Conceptions of Science 6 Spring
    SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
    Plus ONE of the following**:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
    PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
    **Note: Students who completed PHYS141 in Autumn session are required to select PHYS142. Students who wish to complete one of the CHEM subjects must select CHEM102 if they have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent. All other students must select CHEM105 . Students who complete CHEM104 and CHEM105 and who wish to undertake further studies in Chemistry at 200 or 300 level should also complete CHEM106 in Summer session. A maximum of 60cp at 100 level will be counted towards this degree.  Any additional 100 level subjects will be over the minimum requirement for the degree.
    Year 2
    Autumn
    EDPS111 Education Foundations: Introduction to Teacher Education 6 Autumn
    EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE 200 level subject from the Physics or Chemistry schedule. 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following:
    BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    Spring
    EDPS201 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education I 6 Spring
    EDSS202 Science Pedagogy 1 6 Spring
    EDPS302 Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring
    EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
    Year 3
    Autumn
    EDPS222 Teachers as Communicators 6 Autumn
    EDLE301 Learners With Exceptional Needs 6 Autumn
    EDPS301 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education II 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
    Spring
    GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
    EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
    Plus ONE 200 or 300 level subject from the Physics or Chemistry schedule. 6 Spring
    Plus ONE 200 or 300 level subject from the general schedule. 6 Spring
    Plus One 6cp general schedule elective in either Year 3 Summer or Year 4 Autumn session, prior to the Professional Experience period in Year 4 Spring session.
    Year 4
    Autumn
    EDPS401 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education III 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EESC325 Remote Sensing of the Environment 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EESC328 Dung, Death and Decay: Modern scientific methods in archaeology 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    Plus at least 6 credit points at 300 level from the Physics or Chemistry schedule. 6 Autumn
    Spring
    EDPS402 Leadership, Management & Professional Learning in Secondary Education 12 Spring First Offered 2019
    EDSS402 Science Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019

    Physics as First Teaching Area

    In addition to qualifying for Physics as a first teaching area, students may choose to qualify for a second teaching area in Chemistry, Biology or Earth and Environmental Science by choosing different elective options.  Please note that qualifying for a second teaching area might require students to exceed the minimum degree requirement of 192cp. 
    For Chemistry as a second teaching area, students need to complete two CHEM subjects.
    For Biology as a second teaching area, students need to complete two BIOL subjects.
    For Earth and Environmental Science as a second teaching area, students need to complete one BIOL subject and one EESC subject.

    Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
    Year 1
    Autumn
    PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6 Autumn, Summer 2017/2018
    MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
    PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following:
    BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6 Autumn
    BIOL105 Functional Biology of Animals and Plants 6 Autumn
    CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
    EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
    Spring
    PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
    SCED101 Conceptions of Science 6 Spring
    MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
    Plus ONE of the following:
    CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
    BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
    EESC102 Earth's Interconnected Spheres 6 Spring
    Year 2
    Autumn
    EDPS111 Education Foundations: Introduction to Teacher Education 6 Autumn
    MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
    PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
    PHYS235 Mechanics & Thermodynamics 6 Autumn
    Spring
    EDPS201 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education I 6 Spring
    EDSS202 Science Pedagogy 1 6 Spring
    EDPS302 Creating Positive Learning Environments 6 Spring
    EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6 Spring
    Year 3
    Autumn
    EDPS222 Teachers as Communicators 6 Autumn
    EDLE301 Learners With Exceptional Needs 6 Autumn
    EDPS301 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education II 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
    EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6 Autumn
    Spring
    MATH202 Differential Equations 2 6 Spring
    PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6 Spring
    EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6 Spring
    Plus ONE of the following:
    PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves & Optics 6 Spring
    PHYS255 Radiation Physics 6 Spring
    PHYS295 Astronomy - Concepts of the Universe 6 Spring
    Year 4
    Autumn
    EDPS401 Quality Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education III 6 Autumn First Offered 2019
    PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
    PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE of the following:
    PHYS306 Project in Physics 6 Not Offered in 2017
    PHYS335 Classical Mechanics 6 Autumn
    PHYS356 Physics of Detectors and Imaging 6 Autumn
    PHYS390 Relativity, Astrophysics, and Cosmology 6 Autumn
    Plus ONE subject selected from the Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences or General Schedule 6 Autumn, Summer
    Spring
    EDPS402 Leadership, Management & Professional Learning in Secondary Education 12 Spring First Offered 2019
    EDSS402 Science Pedagogy 2 6 Spring First Offered 2019

     

    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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