Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) is an alternative route to primary school teaching, offering enhanced career options and two degrees.

In your first three years you will complete a Bachelor of Social Science, with a minor in Foundations of Teaching and a major of your choice. Then you will have priority access to the two year Master of Teaching (Primary), with reduced study load and a saving on your overall course costs. You’ll graduate with an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, and be qualified to teach children aged 5-12 years.

Social Science looks at why and how we live the way we do. The social sciences look at society and social behaviour to understand, explain and change human behaviour to positively transform the lives of individuals, families and communities. Social Scientists work in diverse social environments to identify issues and develop strategies for solutions to social problems.

The Master of Teaching (Primary) produces high quality teachers with an understanding of diversity in the classroom and with strong connections to school communities.

This program focuses on building teaching skills with 60 days of professional experience including options to include rural or remote areas of NSW and to participate in international immersion programs.

You will benefit from the expertise of local teachers and a range of workshops to develop your skills in communication, technology-enhanced learning, working with parents, designing assessment and conducting school-based research.

Learn more about our teaching pathways

What you will study
In the Bachelor of Social Science you will study core subjects that come from a number of social science disciplines. Most of these are in first year. You will choose one of the majors the UOW Bachelor of Social Science has to offer:

In addition, you will complete a Foundations in Teaching minor, made up from Master of Teaching subjects that count to both your Bachelor of Social Science and your Master of Teaching, reducing the overall number of subjects you would do if you took the degrees separately.

This degree
You can take up to two years off between degrees or decide not to proceed with the Master of Teaching at all. Both courses offer opportunities for study overseas, through exchange, study abroad or immersion subjects.

The Pathway to Primary Education degree allows you to deepen your knowledge and skills in social inquiry before adding an accredited professional teaching qualification to your portfolio of skills.

*Subject to final approval

Course information

Study area

Social Sciences

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

344

Duration

3 years full time, or part time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

UAC Code

755305

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 70. 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.

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.
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.


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.

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-

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.

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-

Recent secondary education

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

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-

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

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (UAC): 30 September 2020 (early bird), 5 February 2021 (final) (see UAC Key Dates).
  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 24 December 2020*
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by this date will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after this date will continue to be assessed for the requested session until start of session. Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not possible.

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 Integrate knowledge and understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the social sciences and social science practice.
2 Consolidate and synthesise theoretical and practical knowledge of the dynamics of social systems and practices in different settings and apply this to their chosen speciality.
3 Inquire into the dynamics of particular social problems and practices using established social science protocols consistent with their speciality.
4 Inquire into and address ongoing learning needs.
5 Analyse unpredictable, complex problems, issues and situations; apply creative, logical and critical thinking skills; and form evidence-based judgements regarding possible solutions.
6 Articulate ideas using a wide range of techniques effective with different audiences, including experts and non-experts.
7 Work collaboratively with a range of people in different cultural, cross-cultural and regional contexts to best effect desired and desirable social change.
8 Recognise the importance of ethical practice, social responsibility, social justice and civic awareness when acting to resolve conflicts, address problems and respond to social and environmental challenges.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Social Science requires the successful completion of 144 credit points of subjects including:

  1. all core subjects;
  2. a Social Science major;
  3. at least one of either:
    - a Social Science minor, or
    - minor from the General Schedule of Minors, or
    - students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (Course instance code Q344) must complete the Foundations in Teaching minor;
  1. additional elective credit points to complete the degree, if required; and
  2.  no more than 60 credit points of 100 level subjects shall be completed. 

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (Course instance code Q344) are required to maintain a weighted average mark (WAM) of 65 in each year of enrolment to qualify for admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary).

As per the Coursework Rules, no more than one subject may be cross counted towards a minor, major or core degree requirement.

Core subjects

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2020/2021
GEOG121 Life in a Globalising World 6 Autumn
HAS 220 Becoming a Social Scientist: Interdisciplinary Competencies 6 Autumn
PSYC123 Research Methods and Statistics 6 Spring
GEOG122 Living in a Material World 6 Spring
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6 Spring
And one or both of:**
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
HAS 130  Social Determinants of Health 6 Autumn
Year 2
GEOG221 Population Geography: People, Place, Inequality 6 Autumn
HAS 202 ^ Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
And one or both of:
HAS 200 Social Justice in a World of Inequality 6 Autumn
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring

**PLEASE NOTE:

  • Students are advised to take SOC 103 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Criminology, Social Policy or Sociology. 
  • Students are advised to take HAS 130 if they are intending to complete a major or minor in Public Health. 
  • Students completing the Social Policy major or minor are advised to take HAS 202 in their first year of study.
  • Students in other majors should choose a subject according to their interests or planned minors.

^ Students completing the Social Policy major or minor are advised to take HAS 202 in their first year of study.

Majors (and delivery locations)

All students must complete one of the following majors. The major should be selected at enrolment.

Shoalhaven may offer a limited range of choice in subjects in years two and three.

Minors (and delivery locations)

All students must complete a minor. Students may choose from this recommended list, or from the General Schedule of Minors.  Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (Course instance code Q344) must complete the Foundations in Teaching minor.

Electives

Electives may be selected from any subject listed in the core, major and minor tables for the Bachelor of Social Science, or from the General Schedule

The following career readiness electives are recommended:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
CRLP200 Career Ready Learning & Practice 6 Autumn, Spring, Summer 2020/2021
HAS 201 Work Health & Safety 6 Spring
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project 6 Spring

Recommended Social Science electives:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring

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

Pathway to Primary Education

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (Course instance code Q344) will be given preferential admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary) up to two years after completion of their degree, provided they achieve a WAM of at least 65. The three postgraduate subjects completed in the Foundations in Teaching minor (18 credit points) will be credited towards the Master of Teaching (Primary) degree, thereby reducing the study load in that degree.  In the event that quotas restrict places in the postgraduate degree, including access to Commonwealth Supported Places, priority will be based on academic merit (WAM).

Students who achieve a course weighted average mark below 65 will be considered for entry to the postgraduate degree on the same basis as applicants from other courses.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Course instance code 344) who wish to take the Pathway to Primary Education (Course instance code Q344) can request a course transfer prior to commencing 300-level subjects.
 

Foundations in Teaching Minor

The Foundations in Teaching minor is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Education) (Course instance code Q344). The 900-level subjects may only be completed in the final year the degree and require a WAM of at least 65 for enrolment. Please use the Subject Addition Form to request enrolment in 900-level subjects.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
EDSO101 Education and Society 6 Spring
Year 3
EDMT906 Aboriginal Education 6 Autumn
EDMT907 Teachers and Community 6 Autumn
EDMT905 Inclusive Education in Schools 6 Spring

Dean's Scholar

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

Honours

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the three-year Bachelor of Social Science degree, may apply to complete an additional year at honours level.  For further information refer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours).

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Primary Teaching) is not a teaching qualification, but it does qualify you for priority entry to the Master of Teaching, with credit that reduces the overall load and cost of the second degree.


The Master of Teaching (Primary) 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 must pass approved literacy and numeracy tests prior to commencing their Professional Experience.

Why choose this course

UOW Social Sciences is an innovative discipline giving you expertise in research, and practical knowledge of social systems and practices in diverse environments. Our Social Science academics are at the forefront of their specialisations. They're accredited professionals, published authors and respected researchers who are connected to their professional research networks. They take all this experience with them to the classroom to enrich and guide your learning experience.

Career opportunities
  • Community Planning and Development
  • Environmental Officer
  • Federal and International Policy
  • Health Care Management and Policy
  • Local and International Community Development
  • Local Government
  • Market Research
  • Policy Analysis And Evaluation
  • Social Planning and Social Impact Assessment
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