University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Education - Primary

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, knowledgeably and effectively in their Primary school destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.


The program requires the successful completion of a total of 330 units over four years (usually 80 units per year). Students complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant educational settings. This may involve placement in locations outside the Newcastle area.


  • Education-primary

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12
  • Selection based on ATAR or equivalent. Assumed knowledge: Three Band 5 HSC results (with one of those in English)
  • Those who do not meet this requirement will be admitted to an 80-unit discipline studies pathway inside their degree, which must be completed before progression to second-year is permitted, as required by the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA).


The New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA); Satisfies professional requirements for teaching with NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Office and independent schools in NSW.

Study pathways

Students have the option to choose the Special Education pathway that covers a wide range of instructional strategies for students with additional needs in both inclusive and special education settings. Students wishing to complete graded honours have the option to apply for admission to transfer to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) research program at the end of the second year. Admission to the Honours program is based upon a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 160 units of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) program.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $150,114
  • ATAR: 62
Ourimbah International: $150,114
  • ATAR: 62

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan, Ourimbah.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection. Other costs may include cost of travel to/from placements and out of area accommodation if required

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