Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours)

University of South Australia (UniSA)

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organisation at Diploma level or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 7.0; TOEFL iBT score of 94 with no band less than 22; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 600 with TWE of 5.0; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 186; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 65 with no communicative score less than 65; CELUSA score of AE6.

Course Details

The aim of this degree is to provide you with knowledge across a range of contexts. The learning is largely practically-based, and centres heavily on the principles and concepts relating to the primary school curriculum. The four key components of the curriculum include:

curriculum studies courses examine the specific learning areas of the primary school curriculum
professional experience courses allow students to develop their knowledge and skills in a practical environment
education studies include courses that explore what it means to be an educator
primary specialism includes courses in the following Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum:

  • Arts
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education (Catholic Education)
  • Science

You will also be expected to participate in professional experience in primary schools from reception to year six. Placements are taken on a continuous full-time basis at designated times during the year, as organised by the University in partnership with the schooling sectors.

The key focus of this Honours degree is research and the production of an Honours project at the end of your studies.

Your career

The Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours) program offers a range of diverse employment options beyond teaching only specific roles. You may choose to work for a variety of employers including:

business associations
the Department for Education
private and community-based child care providers
Catholic Education South Australia (CESA)
the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)

The Honours program will equip you with an additional qualification and specialised skills which will enhance your employment prospects if you choose to continue into teaching. The primary school teaching field shows promising job prospects Australia-wide, with strong long-term growth*. Careers to consider:

primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children in reception to year six
junior primary teacher: develop lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives and facilitate classroom learning for children aged five to eight

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Level of Study: Bachelor Honours Degree

CRICOS Course Code: 098151G

English Requirements: IELTS Score UG 7

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