Bachelor of Primary Education

The University of Notre Dame Australia

The Bachelor of Primary Education is a comprehensive degree that combines crucial theory with 30 weeks of practical supervised teaching experience. This four-year teaching degree combines educational theory and classroom learning with plenty of hands-on teaching experience at primary schools across New South Wales and beyond. Over the four-year degree, you will be expected to complete 30 weeks of supervised teaching - building from a single week of classroom observation in Year One to a full term internship in Year Four.

Course Fee:

Australian: $26,264
International: $120,800

Entry Requirements:

Applicants with recent Secondary Education; Option 1 - HSC performance Band results which include 3 x Band 5 results, with one of these Band 5 results being in English; or Option 2 - HSC performance Band Results with a Band 4 in English, a minimum average of Bands 4s and an overall minimum average HSC mark of 75% in HSC Category A Courses (or Interstate equivalent). Applicants must be eligible for an ATAR or OP. Under this option students must pass all courses (units) in their first year before moving into second year; or Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24. Applicants with Higher Education Study; Other University Studies completed at undergraduate level or higher. A minimum number of 4 successfully completed subjects; or Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University. Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing. Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study; Completed AQF Diploma or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).


Students study a 4 year program which incorporates theory and practical experience. Over the four years student choose a specialisation from the following selection: Primary (K-6) focus with five (5) specialisation areas; Early Childhood Specialisation (0-5 years); Religious Education Specialisation; Primary Mathematics Specialisation; Primary Science and Technology Specialisation; Primary English Specialisation

Subjects you can Study:

Students study a specialisation within their 4 year Primary Education program. Specialisations are available in: Early Childhood - enables graduates to find employment in a range of settings for children 0-5 years of age including long day care, family day care, pre-schools, after hours care and early childhood specialist for community and government organisations. Religious Education - is essential for those who wish to teach in a Catholic primary school. Primary Mathematics - provides additional study into Mathematics and Numeracy, Extending Mathematical Understanding, Mathematics and ICT and includes a range of Mathematical Projects. Primary Science and Technology - ideal for those wishing to gain a greater insight into Earth and Space, the Living World, Chemistry and Physics. Primary English - provides additional study into English as an Additional Language or Dialect, Grammar and Literacy across the Curriculum.

Study Pathways:

Students may undertake the University's Tertiary Pathway Program and apply to enter the Primary Teaching Program at the end of their pathway program (entry is not guaranteed), or complete the STAT - Scores of 150 or higher in both the Multiple Choice and Written English sections are required.

Further information:

Practical Component The amount of school experience in the Notre Dame Bachelor of Primary Education program is significantly more than is offered at many other institutions. In addition to one week observation in the first year, the Bachelor of Primary Education degree provides students with comprehensive practical teaching experience. Year Two - Professional Experience 2 Nine weeks; Year Three - Professional Experience 3 One Full Term;Year Four - Professional Experience 4: Internship One Full Term


This degree is fully accredited with The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 01032F

Related Careers:

Teacher - Primary,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Sydney No info Yes Full time 4 years


The University of Notre Dame Australia empowers you with the fundamentals of critical thinking in a unique approach to higher education. Critical thinking is embedded in every one of our degrees, teaching you to think about and question everything and take on new ideas to enrich your decisions within and beyond your future career.

Why study with us

Notre Dame is consistently judged a top performer among all universities in Australia.

The Australian Government’s latest Student Experience Survey (SES), rates Notre Dame first in Western Australia and New South Wales for Skills Development and Learner Engagement.

The latest Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) rated the university well above the national average for Overall Satisfaction, Teaching Scale, Skills Scale, Full-time Employment, Overall Employment and Median Salary. In the latest Employers Satisfaction Survey (ESS) – which asks business and industry to have its say on the quality of graduates – Notre Dame graduates topped both WA and NSW for Employability and Adaptability.

Pastoral care is at the heart of the university’s ethos – small class sizes, one-on-one contact with academic staff, athletic and mentoring programs and counselling support. Fremantle’s CareerHub and Sydney’s Beyond the Books program provide access to career, course and work-experience guidance, career prospects and directs links to employers. Tailored support programs are provided for international, interstate and regional students.

Facilities & Services

A national Catholic university with more than 10,000 students, Notre Dame has campuses in Fremantle and Broome in WA, in Sydney, NSW and seven rural medical schools in NSW and Victoria. Our Fremantle campus is located in beautifully restored historic buildings in the beachside city, 20 minutes south of Perth. Fremantle reflects the ambience of the great European universities with leafy courtyards and cafes all forming part of the quintessential university town experience for nearly 7,000 students. Fremantle facilities include a state-of-the-art student gym and our newly renovated student hub, Prindiville Hall, offers great chill-out spaces, ping-pong and pool tables, our own NDA store and ample area for a wide variety of events held throughout the year.

Located in the vibrant heart of Sydney, our Broadway and Darlinghurst sites host more than 4,000 students. Our Broadway site, located in Sydney’s bustling inner-city university precinct, provides a welcoming social hub just walking distance from the city’s CBD and Central train Station. Home to most of our schools, the Broadway site has 13 buildings located throughout the suburb of Chippendale to accommodate our growing student population. Medicine and nursing students learn in state-of-the-art facilities including simulated wards and consultation suites at our Darlinghurst site – just a stone’s throw from one of the country’s top medical facilities, St Vincent’s Hospital, public transport hubs and the iconic Darling Harbour. 

Our vibrant student communities have more than two dozen student-run special interest organisations and sporting clubs including politics, medicine, education, business, social justice, rural health, indoor volleyball and soccer, basketball, touch football and badminton.

Admission & Selection

Notre Dame’s personalised approach to admissions looks beyond ATAR scores. Personal qualities, motivation to study, academic potential and contribution to school, work experience and community are also taken into account. A discussion with an academic staff member gives students the opportunity to fully explore their study options, career goals and passions.

Study options 

A broad range of degrees are offered in the following schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Philosophy & Theology and Physiotherapy.

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