Why study the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary)

This pre-service teacher education program is available only as a dual degree. Students completing a dual degree have the opportunity to complete two degrees in less time than if each was studied separately. The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) offers school based learning and draws on the latest research into effective teaching, ensuring graduates are well equipped to teach. Students completing a dual degree with education are prepared for secondary school teaching, or training in business or industry. Teaching is a challenging and rewarding career, with secondary school teachers in demand worldwide. Teaching areas include Asian languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian), drama, economics, English, English as a second language, European languages (French, German, Spanish), geography, history, mathematics, media studies, music, learning support, studies in religion and study of society.

The non-education degree undertaken provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas, while the education degree provides the skills and knowledge for the teaching of the content.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

BA: Year 12 or equivalent English.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

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 10 days school experience and 90 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. 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 Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute For Teaching And School Leadership

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) 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.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

This major will help you appreciate the unique way that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people see the world. You will gain a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives on everyday life in Australia today as well as on the major social, economic and political events and processes in Australia's history. You will gain knowledge from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers first-hand as well as from non-Indigenous staff who work closely with Indigenous communities.

Ancient History/History

This major offers students a wide spectrum of courses dealing with the ancient and modern worlds. Ancient History allows you to examine the early Mediterranean cultures, including their art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs. You will be able to examine early Mediterranean cultures through to cultures of the Middle Ages and beyond, including modern Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Australia. Given the lasting influence of ancient ideas and institutions, the study of Ancient History helps to provide a basis for deeper understanding of modern society. History teaches you how to interrogate the past and enter into dialogue with forces that have shaped a variety of cultures of the modern world.

Chinese

Learning Chinese at UQ opens a window to understanding Chinese culture and the Chinese way of life. A rapidly changing society with a history dating back to the 17th Century BC, China is also a multiethnic society consisting of 56 ethnic groups with a rich heritage of cultural diversity. In recent decades China has played an increasingly active and significant role in world culture, economy, and politics. The Chinese language is a key to understanding the redistribution of power in the Asia-Pacific region. There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects. You can undertake specialist courses in literature, culture, translation, business and language teaching.

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

The major provides students with knowledge of:

  • The key issues in English>Chinese and Chinese>English translation, based on to the generic NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) paraprofessional credential.
  • The key issues in English>Mandarin and Mandarin>English interpreting, based on the generic NAATI paraprofessional credential.
  • The influence of source and target culture on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The influence of text genre on the translation and interpreting of written and spoken texts between English and Chinese.
  • The key issues in translation and interpreting ethics, as defined by NAATI.
  • The essential foundations of language and intercultural communication.
Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

Criminology

Criminology is an interdisciplinary field in the social and behavioural sciences, drawing on the areas of sociology, psychology and psychiatry, anthropology and law. The criminology major at UQ is distinguished by its theoretical and methodological focus on crime and public policy. The major is strongly underpinned by sociological theories, and students undertaking this major become highly trained in social research methods and critical thinking, and learn to examine crime and its regulation within the context of social, economic and political shifts in contemporary society. The major is strongly cross-disciplinary and enables students to combine criminology with other fields of study such as sociology, political science, law, psychology, history and philosophy.

Drama

Seeing and critiquing professional performance, reading plays from around the world and throughout the past 2000 years, honing your performance skills: These are all part of the UQ Drama major. You will learn how to interpret theatre through time and across cultures, but you will also be challenged to think about what constitutes performance, not only on the stage, but on the page and in everyday life. You will develop an understanding of the theatrical and literary aspects of drama, from ancient Greek classics to medieval theatre to the most recent Australian, Asian-Pacific, American and European plays. You do not have to audition but there are practical performance options at advanced level.

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making. As individuals, communities, companies and governments, we face choices every day, weighing up the costs and benefits of our decisions. With the ongoing momentum of globalisation, development, economic/financial/cultural integration and increasing pressure for ecological sustainability, economics remains the key element. Economics determines much of today's social and political landscape, and students trained in this field are exceptionally well-positioned to play a leading part in the future direction of business, government and society.

English

English is the medium of communication, business and entertainment for millions of people around the world. From witty plays and elegant films to pungent protest songs and complex novels, it allows people to formulate and convey their particular vision of the world and their often urgent desire to celebrate or improve it. Students will examine examples of English at work in different circumstances, ranging from poetry to television and the Internet.

Film and Television Studies

Film and Television Studies at UQ introduces the language of screen media and the principal ways in which they are written about and analysed. The major focus is on popular film and television and the contexts within which they are produced and received. This includes studying contemporary and historical film movements, various film and television genres, Hollywood texts, Australian screen media, and films from a range of national cinemas. Students will develop practical skills through assignments involving film reviewing, storyboarding, screenwriting, pitching, digital video production and creating film trailers in addition to academic writing, research, critique and analysis.

French

The French language is still today one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is estimated that it is used by 77 million people as their first language and that it is spoken by a total of 128 million people. In this major you will study both French language and culture concurrently. Whether you wish to study French because it is one of the major diplomatic languages of the world; or simply because it is the language of love; you will need to understand something about French and Francophone culture. You are able to study French without any prior knowledge or having done French at high school.

Geography

Geography has never been more relevant or important to society and its future. With the Earth's population set to expand from seven billion to nine billion in the next 50 years, humans will be influenced by the environment more than ever before. The world will need professionals who are able to monitor and assess changes. Geographers study patterns and processes of natural and built environments and of human activities, and their causes and consequences. They collect, analyse and report this information to enable informed decision making to take place. Geographers are actively involved in addressing many of today's big issues such as climate change and population growth.

German

German is one of the most widely spoken languages on earth, and a major community language in Australia. The German-speaking countries lie at the heart of Europe, and Australia welcomes tens of thousands of tourists from those countries every year. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world, and is a leader in many areas of technology and culture. German language skills are an asset in many careers, including international relations, international business, tourism, interpreting/translation, teaching and the sciences. Whether you have studied German at high school or never studied it at all, it is possible for you to study German at UQ.

Indonesian

Bahasa Indonesia is the official language of Indonesia, the fourth most populous and largest Muslim majority nation. With more than 300 million speakers, Indonesian is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world. The Indonesian major covers Indonesian history, politics, culture and society are offered through the Indonesian studies major. Indonesian is also commonly studied together with majors in Asian Studies, International Relations, Business, Law and Development. In the federal governments 2012 White Paper on `Australia in the Asian Century', Indonesian was identified as one of the crucial language skills areas for development. Indonesian at UQ is available for beginning, immediate and advanced students.

Japanese

Japanese is a key world language used to facilitate economic pursuits, research and government interaction. It is particularly useful if you are seeking a career in business, tourism, technology, the media, art, literature or education. Learning to use Japanese broadens the scope of your personal, social and professional networks giving you the potential to travel, live and work in Japan and to engage with speakers of Japanese in Australia, Japan and elsewhere. More than 20 exchange programs with prestigious Japanese universities are available to allow students to advance their linguistic skills and cultural understanding through in-country experience.

Linguistics

Linguistics explores the structure of language, its uses and applications in society, connecting theoretical, descriptive and applied studies which address problems and issues in human communication. Courses in the structure of language examine its sounds (phonetics and phonology), words (morphology), sentences (syntax) and meaning (semantics), and the complex interactions between these properties. Students also study the way languages change across time (historical linguistics), how different regional, social or occupational varieties develop (sociolinguistics), and how language is used in discourse (pragmatics).

Mathematics

Demand is at an all-time high for trained mathematicians. Statistics, operations research and financial mathematics are the areas of mathematics most often used in industry and there has been a particular upsurge in the number of mathematicians employed in banking, finance, insurance and risk management. Graduates with a degree in any area of mathematics are respected for their excellent quantitative and problem- solving abilities and gain a wide range of rewarding positions in the public and private sectors. UQ offers a wide range of courses in mathematics and its applications. In first year, students study essential topics in calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. In later years, there is an emphasis new ideas in mathematics and include recent applications in coding and cryptology.

Media and Digital Cultures

Further plan information will be available soon.

Music / Extended

Music is one of the most powerful and evocative of arts forms. To the uninitiated, however, the source of its attraction and communicativeness remains little more than a potent mystery. The music major will help you to understand music's diverse social and historical meanings and well as providing you with a key to its written and aural complexities. You will approach the study of Western art music in a challenging and engaging way, incorporating critical perspectives and historical knowledge along with written and aural skills. Students contemplating the extended major will have a choice of two streams'a musicological stream which further develops the aspects described above, and a professional stream which combines elements of the above with a specially developed suit of courses designed for students interested to pursue the professional fields of Music Education or Music Therapy through the relevant dual-degree or postgraduate programs.

Psychology

Psychology is a broad ranging discipline that includes the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes, and the systematic application of this knowledge in specific contexts such as mental health (clinical psychology), work (organisational psychology), education or sport. Many people who study psychology will not go on to become psychologists, but will find their training in psychology to be highly relevant and useful in their lives and work. Those who do become psychologists may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, government bodies, large corporations, or in private practice.

Sociology

Sociologists analyse social change and investigate patterns of social behaviour. They use critical and analytical skills to discover the causes and consequences of social problems, to establish future directions of change, and to interpret the reasons for gender, ethnic, racial and class inequalities that have occurred in the past and are occurring in the present. Sociological study provides you with the intellectual tools to analyse and to build evidence-based findings on the pressing issues of our time. The Sociology major at UQ uncovers the heart of the disciplines underlying interest in inequality, power, cultural identity and the future of global society.

Spanish

Spanish is the first language of more than 400 million people and the second language of millions more in Europe, the United States, Brazil, Asia and North Africa. Spanish is an official language in international bodies such as the United Nations and World Bank. With Australia's increased exposure to the world economy and competitive labour market, being fluent in a world language like Spanish will give you highly employable communication skills. There is also a strong tradition in the areas of Spanish and Latin American literature and culture, which this major will explore.

Studies in Religion

Religion and spiritual ideas have shaped and continue to shape many societies across the globe. You now have the opportunity to expand your religious and spiritual horizons, increase your knowledge of (some of) these traditions and ideas and to develop critical methods of evaluating them. Studies in Religion offers courses by professional and highly enthusiastic teachers in the areas of Western and Eastern religious traditions, spiritual practices and religious thought, in the psychology of religion, in new religious movements, and in the original languages of the sacred texts of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam.

Sometimes dual programs will have different majors to the ones listed on course lists, or on individual program pages for each of its component degrees.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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