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

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 3 locations

Study mode
Attendance, Multi-mode
4 years in accelerated mode full-time or equivalent part-time
7.0 minimum score in Reading and Writing and a minimum of 7.5 in listening and speaking
Fees (first year)*
Start dates
February 2023, July 2023, February 2024, July 2024


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. 


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 data-versionlabel=3 > OR EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts data-versionlabel=3 > OR EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities data-versionlabel=3 > OR EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures data-versionlabel=3 >

EDES101 Educational Thought

Sequence for first teaching area


LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

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


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 for RE Accreditation

Core Curriculum Unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC102 Being Human


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life

LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Year 2 - Semester 2

EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

Sequence for first teaching area


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 for RE Accreditation

CPA 1 for first teaching area

Year 3 - Semester 1

Sequence for first teaching area


Sequence for first teaching area


Sequence for second teaching area


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 for RE Accreditation 

CPA 2 for first teaching area

Year 3 - Professional Term 5

EDET200 Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

Year 3 - Semester 2

Sequence for first teaching area


Sequence for first teaching area


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


EDFX204 Engaging with Global Communities Personal Professional Learning in International Education Contexts

Year 4 -Semester 1

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education

Education Elective

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

CPA 2 for second teaching area

Year 4 - Professional Term 6

EDET400 Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed Practice

(PEP 5 days)

EDES302 Professional Communication

Year 4 - Professional Term 7

EDET401 Effective Teaching 6: Professional Engagement and Reflection

(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

View transparency admission information

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 into course for international applicants

If you don’t currently meet the direct entry requirements for admission to your chosen program, don’t worry. Our range of pathway programs can help you build the language proficiency, academic skills and confidence you need to succeed. 

Find out more about English language programs 

Find out more about the ACU Foundation Studies program 

Find out more about Diploma pathways 

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.


Course costs

  • Unit fee: $3103
  • Average first year fee: $24824
  • Estimate total cost: $111708

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

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


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.  

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How to apply

International applicants


Apply through QTAC

QTAC code 113471

Direct application

Apply now

Information on the application procedure 

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 qualification should apply through the relevant tertiary admissions centre.

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.


Yes. See Defer your offer.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.


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