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Bachelor of  Education (Secondary)

Program code: 2312


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Interested in shaping future generations through teaching? Learn to engage and guide inquisitive minds as you gain the knowledge and skills to become an outstanding secondary school teacher.

  • The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a dual program that is studied alongside a degree in Arts, Business Management, Mathematics, Music (Honours), or Science, developing your disciplinary knowledge for two or more teaching areas.
  • Build a strong foundation of knowledge in teaching and learning, leadership, development, diversity and communication. You will also gain a broad understanding of the Australian Curriculum while specialising in key areas of interest.
  • Choose from over 30 majors and qualify to teach in at least two areas. You will undertake school based learning, with supervised professional placements that offer real classroom experience.
  • Graduate with two degrees and become an expert in two or more teaching areas. This dual degree will have you learning and teaching the subjects you love.

Play an instrumental role in shaping young adults into who they want to become and make a tangible impact in the world as a Secondary Teacher.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ is a leader in education, ranked 19th in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject. We were also ranked equal best in Australia in the ERA Outcomes 2015.

  • 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
  • Professional experience

    Practical experience

    Students are immersed in hands-on workshops, school visits and supervised professional experience placements throughout the program for a strong understanding of day-to-day life in a school.

  • Why study

    Discover education at UQ

Career outcomes

A Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduate is eligible to apply for registration as a teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), and to work as a secondary school teacher in state and independent schools in Australia and worldwide. Further study and experience can lead to roles as a Head of Department, Principal, Guidance Officer, Learning Support Teacher, or Student Adviser.

If you choose to undertake a specialisation in music or a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish), there is also the opportunity to work in primary school education.

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

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The UQ Education Society provides opportunities for students to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom, hosting professional development seminars and social events throughout the year.

  • Alumni
    I have so many fond memories of my UQ experience and was fortunate to graduate as a Valedictorian and University Medallist. Studying at UQ has really set me up for my career as a teacher tasked with the great challenge of inspiring and empowering 21st century learners. David Rawson, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) / Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    English, French and Media Studies Teacher, St Ursula’s College


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia

Admissions criteria


This program is only offered as a dual degree. Students receive information about dual degrees in the Enrolment Guide.

BEd: Year 12 or equivalent English, plus one of Mathematics A, B or C; and entry to the other program.

From 2018 applicants to education programs in Australia must complete non-academic entry criteria. The process is currently under development - please check QTAC's advice.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS score of 7.5 overall; speaking 8; listening 8, reading 7, writing 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ.

TOEFL IBT, TOEFL PB, Pearsons, BE, CES, and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

The B Ed(Sec) is offered at UQ as a dual degree. Each dual degree with the B Ed(Sec) has CRICOS registration which enables international students to apply for an Australian student visa on the proviso they undertake the program on campus at UQ on a full time basis.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Education (Secondary). 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.

Practicals, placements and internships

Compulsory Placement Course

Students must complete 15 days school experience and 75 days supervised practicum. 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, which must remain valid throughout their entire 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

Dual programs

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is only available as a dual program. Dual programs let you to study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available for Bachelor of Education (Secondary):

Further study options

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

Programs and Courses

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

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

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


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) can only be studied as a dual program.

If you want to study the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you have to apply for one of the following dual programs:

Additional application information

As part of the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) revised Standards and Procedures (2015), applicants to initial teacher education courses (pre-service teachers) must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria for selection to the course. All applicants will need to complete an online questionnaire to meet the non-academic entry requirement for this program. Once you have submitted your application, you will be directed to the online questionnaire.

From 2018, all students are required to successfully meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) standards prior to graduation. For more information on the test including sample tests, indicative fees, testing institutions and registration information, please visit the School of Education LANTITE website and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

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