Skip to main content

You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student

You're a domestic student if you are:

  • a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

You're an international student if you are:

  • intending to study on a student visa,
  • not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand,
  • not an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a temporary resident (visa status) of Australia.
You're viewing this site as a domestic an international student
Change
 A farmer tills a field with his tractor

Bachelors of Arts / Education (Secondary)

Overview

Become a secondary school teacher with both teaching skills and specialist arts knowledge, and practise your skills in real classrooms.

This dual degree will give you a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of teaching secondary school, and specialist skills in the arts.

In the Bachelor of Education program, you'll combine university study with practical experience. You'll explore how to teach and how people learn, and study topics from two teaching areas. You'll then apply your knowledge in real classrooms.

Throughout the program you’ll be immersed in hands-on workshops, school visits and supervised placements, and gain a strong understanding of day-to-day life in a secondary school.

By combining your education training with a Bachelor of Arts, you'll gain both teaching skills and specialist subject knowledge. With one of the most comprehensive course offerings in Australia, you'll have the opportunity to explore the subjects you love by choosing from study areas across the humanities, social sciences and languages, helping you build the portfolio of capabilities you need to become an expert teacher.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
707202
Program Code
2066
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$33744 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
707202
Program Code
2066
CRICOS Code
020137F
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Graduate as an expert in two or more teaching areas, with two degrees.
  • Gain early experience in classrooms, with placements available from your first year.
  • Learn from world-renowned educators who’ll teach you flexible and creative ways to cater for the diverse learning needs of children and young adults.
  • Choose from a wide range of study areas

1 in Queensland for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study

Placements and work experience

Compulsory Placement Course

Students must complete 10 days of field experience and 80 days supervised and assessed professional experience. 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.

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Classroom music teacher
  • Drama teacher
  • English teacher
  • Mathematics teacher
  • French language teacher
  • Legal education teacher
  • Geography teacher
  • Economics secondary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • History teacher

Next steps after graduation

You’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers, and to work as a secondary school teacher in state and independent schools in Australia and worldwide. 96% of our graduates are offered teaching jobs.

If you complete a specialisation in music or a language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese or Spanish), you can also teach in primary schools.

Further study and experience can lead to roles as a head of department, principal, guidance officer, learning support teacher, or student adviser.

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

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Queensland College of Teachers

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Queensland College Of Teachers

Program accreditation

The Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) is accredited by:

  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

Entry requirements

Minimum entry score

To be considered for this program, you must meet the minimum entry score for the Bachelor of Arts.

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.

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

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
117727

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

English language requirements

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.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Inherent requirements

To complete this degree, you have to meet its inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes. Read the inherent requirements before you apply.

Learn about inherent requirements

Additional application information

Students in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education are restricted to the following majors in order to satisfy prerequisites for teaching curriculum areas: Ancient History/History; Chinese; Chinese Translation and Interpreting; Criminology; Drama; Economics; English; Film and TV Studies; French; Geography; German; Japanese; Mathematics; Media and Digital Cultures; Music; Psychology; Spanish.

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

Please refer to the School of Education Website for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.

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.

Additional application information

Students in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education are restricted to the following majors in order to satisfy prerequisites for teaching curriculum areas: Ancient History/History; Chinese; Chinese Translation and Interpreting; Criminology; Drama; Economics; English; Film and TV Studies; French; Geography; German; Japanese; Mathematics; Media and Digital Cultures; Music; Psychology; Spanish.

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. The University has committed to pay for students to undertake the test for the period 2016 to 2018 inclusive. For more information on the test, including sample tests and registration information, please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Please refer to the School of Education Website for further information on entry requirements and becoming a teacher.

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Arts/B Education(Secondary) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median8 / 848 / 86
Lowest13 / 7211 / 77

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

3128.7%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

<5<5

(C) Work and life experience

<5<5
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
76.48%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
5450%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
76.48%

International students

65.56%

Total

108100%

"<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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of 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.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many of students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Legal Education Studies

Legal Education Studies prepares students to teach Legal Studies in Secondary Schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities. 

This area of study includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - Criminal, Civil and Business Law, International Law and Human Rights Law.

Elective courses include Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. 

View

Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

View

Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

Career opportunities can be found in becoming a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

View

Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

View

Psychology

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Ancient History/History

Examine the art, literature, religion, philosophy and social customs of 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.

You could pursue roles in museums, publishing, media, international agencies, public and government sector in Australia and overseas.

View

Chinese

Learning Chinese opens a window to understanding China's culture, way of life and how the nation now plays an increasingly active role in world affairs.

There are separate majors for native speakers of Mandarin and other Chinese dialects.

Many of students study Chinese alongside courses in business, education, tourism, engineering, information technology, politics, leading to careers in various fields.

View

Chinese Translation and Interpreting

Understand how Chinese culture influences the meaning of written and spoken texts, and how to take culture into consideration when translating or interpreting.

You'll also learn about key issues in translation and interpreting ethics.

Gain the foundations to build a future career as an interpreter or a translator in diplomacy, law, education, business, politics, health, education and academia.

Please note that this major is designed for students who are native Chinese speakers.

View

Drama

Encounter the spectrum of theatre practice through time and across cultures, from antiquity to today and most stages in between.

This major will help you understand the performances you see, and those you might want to make.

Graduates typically pursue creative roles within the arts sector like performing, directing, playwriting, writing and reviewing.

View

Economics

Economics is the science of decision making.

Undertake this advanced major and you'll understand how economics, globalisation, development and sustainability shape the availability of resources in today's societies.

Graduates are highly employable across private and public sectors, agencies, international organisations, consultancies, companies and utilities.

View

English

Gain a deeper insight into the English-speaking world and English-language culture.

This major combines courses from English literature, media, film and television studies.

Graduates typically work in education as school teachers, heads of department, education advisors and student mentors.

View

Film and Television Studies

Gain a broad appreciation of how film and TV are both major commercial industries and artistic forms, and have the option of taking practical courses in screenwriting, video production and more.

Graduate opportunities include careers in education, festivals and events, publicity, marketing, film culture, screen corporations and film distributors.

View

French

Immerse yourself in French language and culture.

Courses in this major cover language skills and offer knowledge about some of the major historical, social, literary and philosophical movements in the Francophone world.

Many graduates use their language competency to enhance employability in fields such as business, education, tourism and politics.

View

Geography

Become actively involved in addressing issues like climate change and population growth as you develop your understanding of the relationship between natural systems and social systems.

Roles for graduates include areas like natural resource management, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, transport and planning.

View

German

Learn about German language, history and culture, and gain an overview of significant events, trends, places and people in German speaking countries at the heart of modern Europe.

Developing competence in speaking, reading and writing German can improve career outcomes in fields such as business, engineering and law.

View

Japanese

Broaden the scope of your personal, social and professional networks when you learn about Japanese language and culture, including the different levels of politeness and contextually appropriate expressions used in Japan.

Many students study Japanese alongside courses like business, education and tourism to broaden their career opportunities in these fields.

View

Legal Education Studies

Legal Education Studies prepares students to teach Legal Studies in Secondary Schools.

This senior syllabus area examines the interface of law and society, providing an understanding of the legal system and its protection of individual rights in line with obligations and responsibilities. 

This area of study includes a variety of courses dealing with legal foundations - Criminal, Civil and Business Law, International Law and Human Rights Law.

Elective courses include Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention. 

View

Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

View

Media and Digital Cultures

Broaden your future horizons with this major.

Focus on the ubiquity of digital media technologies in our lives, the role of media in cultural life, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and much more.

Learn about different forms of media like television and news, the emergence of digital media industries and technologies, and the cultural formations characteristic of media-dense digital societies.

Graduates often go on to careers in events, marketing media and communications fields.

View

Music

Develop knowledge about the many social and historical meanings of music.

You'll also better appreciate its written and aural complexities, and approach the study of Western music in an engaging way.

Career opportunities can be found in becoming a professional musician, in education, festivals and events, arts administration, publishing, media and writing.

View

Popular Music and Technology

Make a major out of understanding how popular music has the power to uplift, stimulate, comfort, motivate and communicate.

Learn to express yourself through writing and music production, and become technically equipped for changing music-making environments.

Graduates often find work in teaching, music production, broadcasting and audio engineering.

View

Psychology

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

View

Spanish

Become fluent in a language spoken by 400 million people worldwide.

Courses also cover Latin American thinking, European film and how Spanish has become the official language for major international bodies like the United Nations and World Bank.

Mastering a world language like Spanish will enhance future career opportunities if you're also studying business, education, engineering and other fields.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $33,744

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelors of Arts/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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,929

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

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 (education@.uq.edu.au) 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 https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) is 707202.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelors of Arts/Education (Secondary) is 2066.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

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

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

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit