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Bachelor of  Education (Secondary)

Program code: 2312
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Delivery location

St Lucia


4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Interested in shaping future generations through education? Learn to engage and guide inquisitive minds as you gain the knowledge and skills to become a 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 more than 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 in less time than completing them individually. This dual degree will ensure you're equipped with the skills needed to pursue a career in teaching, business and industry.

Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, with secondary school teachers in demand worldwide.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

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

  • 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.

  • 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

Career outcomes

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduates are 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, 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.

  • Why study
    A unique feature of my education degree at UQ is that all secondary teaching programs are offered as dual degrees, so you benefit from two streams of learning, and graduate with not only a teaching degree, but also a degree in the subjects you will be teaching. My career goals involve getting a job teaching English, and most importantly Spanish. My studies here have undoubtedly be instrumental in achieving this, as the program ensures we are prepared comprehensively for the role a teacher plays, paving the way for employment opportunities. Natalie Seif, Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • 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.

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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

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.


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

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) Prerequisite Guides are available from the School of Education. The Prerequisite Guide outlines the teaching areas within this program and the prerequisites for each of the areas. Please refer to the dual degree planners.

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.

Current UQ Students
If you are a current UQ student and wish to change your program into the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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.

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