University of Newcastle

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Studies)

University of Newcastle

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

A good teacher can have a profound effect on a young person's outlook on education, their career aspirations and life generally. If you have a real commitment to helping young people get the most out of their education, a passion for learning, rapport with people and a sense of humour, then you will find teaching a truly rewarding professional career where you can make a difference.Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as Secondary teachers in their home countries (Graduates should check their local accreditation requirements to determine the suitability of this program), and aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically and effectively in their Secondary 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.This program offers inherent flexibility of choice and pathways to specialities in more than one field, significantly improving employment prospects. Areas of studies include Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Business Studies, Computing Information Systems and Software Design, Design and Technology, Economics, English, Food Technology, Geography, Health and Physical Education, Industrial Technology Engineering, Industrial Technology Graphics and Multimedia, Industrial Technology Timber and Metal, Information Processes and Technology, Languages, Legal Studies, Maths, Modern History, Science, Society and Culture, Software Design and Development, Special Education, Studies of Religion and TESOL.


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. Students must complete one major (in their First Teaching Area) and have the option of completing Additional Teaching Areas. Extended Studies are also an option in some majors.


  • Education-Secondary Majors (First Teaching Area) are available in the following secondary school teaching areas: Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing Information Systems and Software Design, Design and Technology, Drama, Earth and Environmental Science, Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Health and Physical Education, Japanese, Mathematics, Modern History, Physics, Society and Culture. Visual Arts. Additional teaching areas are available in the above majors with the exception of Computing Information Systems and Software Design
  • Design and Technology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Visual Arts. Additional Teaching Areas are available in the following secondary school teaching areas: Chinese, Food Technology, Industrial Technology Engineering, Industrial Technology Graphics and Multimedia , Information Processes and Technology, Legal Studies, Software Design and Development, Studies of Religion, Special Education, TESOL, Textiles and Design. Extended studies are also an option in some majors: Health and Physical Education, Investigating Science, Mathematics and Visual Arts.

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 wishing to complete graded honours have the option to apply for admission to transfer to the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (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 (Secondary) program.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Callaghan International: $135,120
  • ATAR: 62
Callaghan International: $147,380 Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Callaghan, Callaghan.

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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