Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Duration
4 years in accelerated mode full-time or equivalent part-time
QTAC code
113471
ATAR
65.00 for Brisbane
Fees (first year)*

$6874 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2023
Applications open August 2022
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: to be advised

Overview

Become an in-demand secondary teacher who makes a difference. This double degree paves the way to a rewarding career in secondary school teaching in a range of humanities areas. You will graduate as a qualified specialist in two arts disciplines.  Your expertise will allow your students to develop their historical, geographical, social, and economic understanding of societies.  In a supportive, flexible environment learn the craft of teaching from mentors across a wide range of educational contexts. Build strength in your skills over time, from observing your mentor teacher, to co-teaching, through to planning for and teaching multiple classes a day.

Professional experience

Gain expertise in your practicums over a total of 80 days in schools. Year 1: Community engagement in an educational setting, minimum of 35 hours. Year 2: 15 days, 15 days. Year 3: 15 days. Year 4: 5 days, 30 days.

Work placement

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period, or professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. In order to graduate, pre-service teachers must satisfy all the requirements of their program, including the professional experience requirements. The current requirements are for a minimum of 80 days of professional experience that occurs in structured supervised settings.

Supervised professional experience is at the heart of all our pre-service teacher education courses and the Faculty will find appropriate placements to suit the needs of your course. Placements will usually be arranged for the scheduled placement period in the professional experience calendar though this may not always be possible.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as secondary teachers in government, independent, Catholic, and other faith-based schools. This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a secondary school teacher in all states and territories. 

Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • secondary teaching, including Catholic, government and independent settings
  • institutes of technical and further education (TAFE)
  • vocational education
  • community education centres
  • private colleges
  • special education settings

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), a student must complete 360 credit points (cp).

View course rules

Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5
Year 1 - Semester 1

Choose TWO 10cp units from:

EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching OR EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts OR EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities OR EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

EDES101 Educational Thought data-versionlabel=2 >


Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE 100-LEVEL UNIT

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic data-versionlabel=2 >


Year 1 - Semester 2

Choose the TWO 10 cp units from the list above THAT WERE NOT COMPLETED IN SEMESTER 1 OF YEAR 1.

Sequence for first teaching area 1ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE 100-LEVEL UNIT

Sequence for second teaching area

ARTS MINOR SEQUENCE 100-LEVEL UNIT

Year 2 - Semester 1

EDET100 Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE Usually a 200- level unit

Sequence for second teaching area 10cp ARTS MINOR SEQUENCE 100-LEVEL UNIT

Arts unit to extend either major or minor sequence, or Arts elective

USUALLY unit to extend second teaching area to a major OR first unit in sequence for adjunct study THBS100 Introduction to the Bible data-versionlabel=2 > for RE Accreditation

Core Curriculum Unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society data-versionlabel=2 >

OR

PHCC102 Being Human data-versionlabel=2 >

OR

PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life data-versionlabel=2 >


LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students data-versionlabel=2 >

AND

LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students data-versionlabel=2 >


Year 2 - Semester 2

EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE

Sequence for second teaching area

ARTS MINOR SEQUENCE Usually a 200-level unit 

Arts unit to extend either major or minor sequence, or Arts elective

USUALLY unit to extend second teaching area to a major OR first unit in sequence for adjunct study THCT100 What Christians Believe data-versionlabel=2 > for RE Accreditation

CPA 1 for first teaching area

Year 3 - Semester 1

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE

Sequence for second teaching area

ARTS MAJOR SEQUENCE

Arts unit to extend either major or minor sequence, or Arts elective

USUALLY unit to extend second teaching area to a major OR third unit in sequence for adjunct study THCT202 Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament data-versionlabel=2 > for RE Accreditation 

CPA 2 for first teaching area

Year 3 - Professional Term 5

EDET200 Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments data-versionlabel=2 >

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

Year 3 - Semester 2

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR 

Sequence for first teaching area

ARTS MAJOR 

Arts unit to extend either major or minor sequence, or Arts elective

USUALLY unit to extend second teaching area to a major OR fourth unit in sequence for adjunct study EDRE299 Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment in Religious Education 1 for RE Accreditation as adjunct study

CPA 1 for second teaching area

Year 4 - Summer Term or Professional Term 1

EDES300 Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts data-versionlabel=2 >

OR

EDFX204 Engaging with Global Communities Personal Professional Learning in International Education Contexts data-versionlabel=2 >


Year 4 -Semester 1

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education data-versionlabel=2 >

Education Elective

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World data-versionlabel=2 >

OR

PHCC320 The Just Society data-versionlabel=2 >


CPA 2 for second teaching area

Year 4 - Professional Term 6

EDET400 Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed Practice data-versionlabel=2 >

(PEP 5 days)

EDES302 Professional Communication data-versionlabel=2 >


Year 4 - Professional Term 7

EDET401 Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection data-versionlabel=2 >

(PEP BLOCK 30 days)

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

Semester 1 intake - 4-year course

A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.

This is a sample program only. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Double Bachelor - Bachelor/Bachelor - AQF Level 7

Exit Points

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of a course listed below may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualifies a student to teach in Australia.

  1. Non-Award Certificate in Educational Studies
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation)
  3. Non-Award Certificate in Liberal Arts
  4. Diploma in Liberal Arts
  5. Bachelor of Arts


A student who does not meet the LANTITE requirements may access an appropriate exit point if they meet the requirements of that award.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy that includes meeting a minimum ATAR requirement.

In addition applicants will be required to demonstrate suitability for teaching;

All applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.

StatePrerequisites
ACT

Prerequisites: Nil

Assumed Knowledge: Studies in English (T); 

For Mathematics major or minor: Mathematic Studies (T)

NSW

Prerequisites: Nil

Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English


For a Mathematics major or minor:  Mathematics Advanced or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2

Note: This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach

QLD

Prerequisites:  English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) 

For a Mathematics major or minor :  Mathematical Methods

VIC

Prerequisites: English: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English;

Mathematics: Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion of two units (any study combination) of General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics OR Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics.

To study a major or minor in Mathematics: Units 3 and 4: Mathematical Methods

Recommended Studies:

Music discipline: AMEB Grade VI or Year 12 Practical Music

OR

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants may be selected following an interview with the course coordinator and staff of the campus Indigenous Higher Education Unit. They should have:

  1. minimum of three years’ work experience; or
  2. of year 12 or equivalent; or
  3. demonstrated relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program.


Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

View transparency admission information

Applicants with recent secondary education

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

If your school result was affected by circumstances outside of your control, such as financial hardship, illness, disability or a challenging home environment, you may qualify for an access scheme. You can apply through your TAC as part of your application process.  

Learn more about access schemes 

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.  

For current year 12 students  

If you’re a current Year 12 applicant you can be given a selection rank separate from, and in addition to, your ATAR if you’ve completed a competency-based and graded AQF Certificate III or above.  

For non-school leavers 

If you’ve completed, or are completing a competency-based AQF Certificate IV or AQF diploma you will be assigned a selection rank by your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC). This is an entry score based on your individual qualifications and achievements. 

ACU has partnerships with ACU College, TAFE, and many private education providers. If you have completed a qualification with one of these partners, you may be eligible for guaranteed entry and/or credit into a related ACU degree. Please apply through your local TAC and then submit a credit application for your previous study.  

Applicants with higher education study

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course. 

If you have completed at least two units of AQF-recognised study at bachelor level or above, you’ll be assigned a selection rank based on your study level, duration and grade point average that will be applied during the admission process. 

If your previous study has equipped you with knowledge, skills or experiences that align with the learning outcomes of units in your new course you may be able to apply for recognition of prior learning and you may be able to complete your course sooner. 

Learn more about recognition of prior learning 

Applicants with work and life experience

You’ll need to meet the minimum entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.

If you have no formal education qualifications you may be eligible for a selection rank based on your work, life or service experience.

  • If you’ve been in paid employment, relevant to the course you’re applying for, for a minimum of six months full-time (or equivalent), this work may be assessed for your selection rank.
  • If you’re 21 years or older you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) through your local TAC.
  • You can apply for an ACU bridging course. Our bridging courses allow you to transition back into studying and can give you a head start on the relevant undergraduate degree.
  • If you have served in the defence force, your rank and time in service may contribute to your selection rank.

Find your path into study

English language requirements

A minimum of 7.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking.

Adjustment factors

If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.

Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.

Learn more about adjustment factors

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Pathways into course for current or recent Year 12 students

If you can’t meet the ATAR requirement for your choice of course and you’re currently completing Year 12 or finished Year 12 in the two years previously, we have entry programs to get you where you want to be. 

Alternatively, you may be able to complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course: 

Understand your pathway options 

Pathways into course for applicants with previous study and/or life experience

Are you applying to ACU as a non-school leaver? 

By that we mean, you’re not currently completing Year 12 and haven’t completed it in the two years previously. If the answer is yes and your selection rank isn’t enough to meet the requirements for your desired course you still have a number of options to help you achieve your study goals. 

If you’re over 21, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or you can complete a diploma or bridging course relevant to your desired course. 

Explore the pathways to your future 

Further study

Graduates with bachelor degrees may be eligible for entry into honours courses or to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. graduate certificates and graduate diplomas and, through these qualifications and/or with relevant work experience, to master’s degree programs.

Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$6874 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options

Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

Search our scholarships

How to apply

Domestic applicants

Brisbane

Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 113471

Additional application information

Entry to this course is governed by the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy. The selection of course entrants is based on academic merit and satisfaction of non-academic capabilities for entry to initial teacher education. In accordance with the mission of ACU, the Faculty of Education and Arts is committed to providing access to education for a diversity of students. For applicants who are not Year 12 students, the assessment may include year 12 or other studies undertaken to allocate an equivalent ranking. Additionally, ACU provides a range of access and equity schemes which consider additional or alternative factors in assessing applicants, including applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. ACU also offers approved, alternative entry pathway programs for domestic and international students.

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

 

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