Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Away from Base)

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$3090 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available by direct entry application to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Away From Base mode. This study mode allows students to live and work in their local community, while studying and attending two compulsory residentials of one week each in Strathfield each semester

ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds. The Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines theory with practice, ensuring students not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools. In addition to working within your home community, you’ll also gain practical experience by being placed within schools during the course (this is a compulsory component and is taken in block-periods that may extend from 1 to 10 weeks in NSW, and 1 to 6 weeks in Queensland).

Professional experience

You will be required to complete 80 days of professional experience.

Work placement

All initial teacher education programs must include a defined period of professional experience, where pre-service teachers practise teaching in a school under the direct supervision and guidance of an appropriately qualified teacher. 

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.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as primary 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 primary school teacher in all states and territories. 


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • primary teaching
  • education administration
  • government policy
  • group facilitation
  • market research while contributing to improving Indigenous education.

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Away from Base), a student must complete 320 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

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

Year 1

Semester 1

EDAB113 Australian Aboriginal Peoples, Cultures and Identities

NMBR143 Introduction to Mathematical Ideas

EDEN100 Foundations of Literacy

Year 1

Semester 2

EDES105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, Histories and Cultures

EDES103 Understanding Learners and Their Contexts

(Incl Community Engagement, minimum of 35 hours)

EDEN102 Childrens Literature for Early Reading

LNTE110 Literacy and Numeracy Diagnostic

Year 2

Semester 1

EDES100 Understanding Learning and Teaching

EDES101 Educational Thought


THBS100 Introduction to the Bible

EDES104 Digital Cultures and Capabilities

LNTE100 LANTITE - Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students


LNTE101 LANTITE - Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Year 2

Semester 2

EDET100 Effective Teaching 1: Becoming a Teacher

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

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

EDTE290 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (F-6)

THCT100 What Christians Believe


EDSI100 Science in Our World




Year 3

Semester 1

EDET101 Effective Teaching 2: Curriculum, Planning and Pedagogy

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

EDEN290 English Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 (B-8)

EDSI290 Science Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)

EDRE290 Religious Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 1 data-versionlabel=2 >


EDAB411 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures, Peoples and Education


Year 3

Semester 2

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

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

EDAB203 Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives Across Curriculum: Contextualising Aboriginal Knowings

EDRE291 Religious Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 data-versionlabel=2 >




Year 4

Semester 1

EDET200 Effective Teaching 3: Engaging Learners and Managing Learning Environments

(PEP BLOCK 15 days)

EDES101 Educational Thought


EDEN410 Critical Issues in Literacy Education

EDMA291 Mathematics Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment 2 (F-6)

EDAR290 The Arts Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment F 6


Year 4

Semester 2

EDET300 Effective Teaching 4: Students with Disability and Inclusive Education

EDEN345 Literacy and Diversity Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment

EDES302 Professional Communication

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


Year 5

Summer or Professional Term 1

Core Curriculum Unit 2

UNCC300 Justice and Change in a Global World


PHCC320 The Just Society

Year 5

Professional Term 2

EDET400 Effective Teaching 5: Assessment and Data Informed Practice

(PEP 5 days)

Year 5

Professional Term 4

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

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

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 qualify a student to teach in Australia.

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

  1. the following prerequisites at year 12 level or equivalent:


Assumed Knowledge: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English and Two units of Mathematics Band 4

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


b. 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. completion 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.

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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

Further study

Bachelor Degree graduates may be eligible to progress to a range of postgraduate coursework programs, eg Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master’s degree programs.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$3090 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


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


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