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Bachelor of  Education (Primary)

Program code: 2306
QTAC code: 742401
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Children have a lot of questions about themselves and the world. As a primary education teacher, you'll encourage children’s curiosity and grow their inquisitive minds when you teach them about science, society, maths, art and more.

  • The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a four-year program that will provide you with the high-level knowledge and professional skills necessary to foster children’s learning and development from prep (the first year of school) through to Year 6.
  • Benefit from a program that covers all aspects of the Australian Curriculum. You'll also develop understanding in key areas like teaching and learning, child development, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous knowledge and education.
  • Complete your core education courses, but also develop expertise in subject areas that are offered as minors. Minors cover topics from the sciences, mathematics, humanities, languages, technology, the arts and more.
  • Be confident and ready to enter the classroom after 80 days of supervised professional experience across your program. Placements are designed to consolidate your knowledge with the aim of meeting competency standards for registration.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) develops graduates who use flexible and creative teaching techniques to cater for the diverse learning needs of children.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in education research, ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015, and 15 in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • In the classroom

    Smaller class sizes

    Our primary education program focuses on intimate group settings, smaller intakes and higher student-teacher ratios.

  • Research

    Research focus

    Teaching staff in the program are internationally renowned for their cutting-edge research, ensuring graduates are well-equipped to meet the challenges of a teaching career.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Why study

    Practical teaching experience

Career outcomes

Bachelor of Education (Primary) graduates are eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), as well as other authorities, to teach in schools around Australia, and some worldwide.

Once registered, graduates can work as a primary school teacher in state or independent schools in Queensland, interstate or overseas, or undertake further study to qualify as a principal, mentor, curriculum advisor, or a guidance or career officer or head of department.

Other graduates choose to work with non-school-based education providers (such as tutoring companies), government agencies or education advocacy organisations.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


Year 12 or equivalent English; Mathematics A, B or C; plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Earth Science or Science21.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria - please check QTAC's advice.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) in 2018:

11 76 26

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Education (Primary):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median8 / 84 7 / 87
Lowest11 / 76 11 / 76

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Education (Primary). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study28 35%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study<5 <5
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
41 51.25%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students0 0%
Total80 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Practicals, placements and internships

Compulsory Placement Courses

Students are required to complete 80 days of supervised practicum over the 4 years of the program. Every effort is made to place students within a reasonable distance of their home base but they can be expected to travel up to 90 minutes due to public transport connections and incur costs associated with travel and possible lost income over this period. Students are generally placed at Ipswich, Brisbane, and southeast Queensland and are encouraged to explore the option of a rural placement. Financial assistance may be available to assist with travel and accommodation costs for rural placements.

Students are required to have a current Blue Card (Working with Children Check) before commencing practicum. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Teacher Preparation Programs Handbook provides information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from School of Education.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,573
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation.
  • UQ committed to fund test costs to the end of 2018. From 1 January 2019 this is no longer available and students must cover this cost. The 2018 fee was $185 ($92.50 per test). ACER lists current fees.
  • Please contact the School of Education for further details ( or visit the School of Education office.
  • For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is 742401. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

Students are required to have a current Blue Card before commencing practicums. Students can apply for a Blue Card through the School of Education and should do so three months before their practicum is due to commence. The Practicum Handbook provides additional information about practicum and school experience requirements and is available from the School of Education.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria - please check QTAC's advice.

Current UQ Students
If you are a current UQ student and wish to change your program into the Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will still need to apply through QTAC, as they require you to complete a Non Academic Selection Criteria as part of the entry requirements for this degree.

The following advice has been provided from the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT):

Transferring students
If a student is admitted as a transfer student into an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at a new university and they enrolled in their original ITE primary program prior to the implementation of the non-academic selection tool pre-requisite, they are able transfer without meeting the requirement. If a student is being admitted into an ITE program as a new student, the prerequisite will need to be met.

Students accepted into an ITE program who defer the commencement of their study date post Semester 2 2017
A student who has already accepted a placement in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program and has deferred their study for a period no longer than one year will not need to submit documentation to address the requirements of the non-academic selection tool.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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