Bachelor of Educational Studies

Course information for - 2022 entry

Offered at 7 locations

Study mode
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
58.50 for Canberra
Fees (first year)*

$3984 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 - February , Semester 2 - To be advised



The Bachelor of Educational Studies allows students to take their first step towards teaching or other education-related fields. 

Gain the necessary knowledge to pursue a career in corporate training, educational consultancy, online learning, vocational and community education, curriculum writing, youth services or adult learning. 

This degree is also a pathway for students who are passionate about becoming teachers but do not meet the admission rank for their desired pre-service teacher degree. Students not meeting subject prerequisite requirements in QLD and/or VIC should undertake the Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation) as their pathway. Eligible students who successfully complete their first year of study (subject to meeting certain progression and non-academic requirements) may apply for transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Education suite.

This course will not lead to early childhood, primary or secondary teacher registration in Australia, and no practicum is undertaken by graduates who complete the three year course.



Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • early childhood education
  • primary and secondary education
  • special education
  • adult learning
  • corporate training
  • curriculum development
  • educational design
  • education consulting
  • vocational education

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Educational Studies, a student must complete 240 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

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

EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching


(Inc: EDFD140)

EDES101 Educational Thought


EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy


(Inc: EDLA167)

EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities

Year 1 - Semester 2

EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures


(Inc: EDAB161; EDAB411)

EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts

(Incl Community Engagement, minimum of 35 hours)


(Inc: EDFX140)

Specialisation Unit 1 of 3


EDEN102 Childrens Literature for Early Reading

10 cp

(Inc: EDLA168)


EDSI100 Science in Our World



NMBR141 Number Development in Mathematics


Special Education:

EDSE111 Attitudes and Inclusive Practice


Catholic Studies:

THCT100 What Christians Believe



Early Childhood:

EDEC100 Health, Family and Young Learner Wellbeing in the Early Years

Year 2 - Summer or PT1

NMBR140 Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

Year 2 - Semester 2

EDMA290 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-12)

EDEN291 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (8-12)

(Pre: EDEN290)


(Inc: EDLA342 & EDLA369

EDHP290 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)


(Inc: EDPH241 & EDPH366)


Core Curriculum Unit 1

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society


PHCC320 The Just Society


PHCC104 Ethics and the Good Life



Specialisation 2 of 3


EDEN345 Literacy and Diversity Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment




NIL- must complete UNCC100


Catholic Studies:

NIL - must complete UNCC100


Special Education:

NIL - must complete UNCC100


Early Childhood:

EDEC314 Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy

Offered in Professional Term 1 across the summer

Year 3 - Summer or PT1

EDES300 Comparative Education: Local and Global Contexts


EDEC314 Leadership, Management, Administration and Advocacy


Year 3 - Semester 2

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education


(Inc EDFD340, EDFD478, EDFD261)

EDES302 Professional Communication


EDSS290 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)


(Inc: EDSS341 & EDSS468)


Core Curriculum Unit 2 of 2


UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World



PHCC320 The Just Society



Specialisation Unit 3 of 3


NIL - must complete UNCC300



EDMA311 Intervention in Numeracy



Catholic Studies:

EDRE101 Religious Education 1: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment


Special Education:

EDSE410 Wellbeing and High Needs


This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. 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 following requirements may exit from the course with that qualification. Note that none of these qualifications qualifies a student to teach in Australia[1].

  1. Certificate in Educational Studies: 40 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings including at least two Education Studies units;
  2. Diploma in Educational Studies (Tertiary Preparation): 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings including at least four Education Studies units;
  3. Certificate in Liberal Arts[2]: 40 cp from Foundation Studies units in the Schedule of Unit Offerings;
  4. Diploma in Liberal Arts[3]: 80 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings including a minimum of 40 cp from Foundation Studies units;

Overseas study available

You’ll have the option of studying Core Curriculum units overseas.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

To be eligible for admission into the course, an applicant must have completed:

  1. Year 12 with the ACU minimum eligibility rank for Bachelor Programs; or
  2. Entry via an alternative pathway as approved for ACU.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Program Policy .

Additional Approvals

Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter any context in which they will have contact with children. These are: Blue Card (Qld) or Working with Children Check (ACT, NSW and Vic). International students must bring police check documentation from their own countries. To meet the requirements for working in settings other than schools, a National Police check may be required. All students who have lived in another country for 12 months or more must provide a police check from that country for that period.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2022 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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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

Overall score: 6.5. Individual score of 6.0 in all tests.

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 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 may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, e.g. graduate certificate and graduate diploma and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to master degree programs.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$3984 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


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

Domestic applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 101125

If you are a Year 12 student you must apply through VTAC, UAC or QTAC. Unfortunately, a Direct application cannot be considered.

You can apply Direct to ACU if you are not a recent school leaver and have not already applied through VTAC, UAC or QTAC.


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


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