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Bachelors of Science / Education (Secondary)

Overview

Combine your passion for science with the skills, knowledge and practical experiences required to be a secondary school teacher.

This four-year dual program allows you to combine your passion for science with the qualifications to become a secondary teacher. You'll benefit from a thorough preparation for your teaching areas, combined with – and informed by – professional studies in the area of education.

The Bachelor of Science provides the content knowledge for two teaching areas whilst the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) provides the necessary skills, knowledge and practical experiences required for teacher registration and employment.

The education component offers school-based learning and draws on the latest research into effective teaching methods, ensuring you graduate well-prepared for secondary school teaching, or training in business or industry. It's a challenging and rewarding career, with secondary school teachers in demand worldwide.

You'll explore and challenge your thinking in the science component, which offers one of the broadest selections of science disciplines in Australia. You'll develop your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and practical skills, while pursuing studies that suit your interests and ambitions, with the freedom to mix and match course combinations.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
QTAC Code
731302
Program Code
2110
AQF
Level 7
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$41648 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
QTAC Code
731302
Program Code
2110
CRICOS Code
061063B
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Graduate with two degrees and become an expert in two or more science teaching areas
  • Gain early experience in classrooms with placements available from your first year
  • Graduate with high-level teaching ability and a wide range of scientific skills, ready to excel in a challenging and rewarding profession.

23 in the world for education

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for education

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
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

Graduate salary

Teacher education (undergraduate)

$67K–$68K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

Graduates from this program typically end up working as high school science teachers, heads of departments etc. 

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 Science/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 Science.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B plus one of Chemistry or Physics.

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.

Entry score threshold

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107928

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

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.

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

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. The process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is currently under development.>

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.

Entry score range

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

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest2 / 971 / 99
Median6 / 896 / 91
Lowest10 / 7910 / 79

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

1542.86%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
<5<5
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
1542.86%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5<5

International students

<5<5

Total

35100%

"<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 Science/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:

Archaeological Science

Archaeologists are increasingly using scientific approaches to their work.

In this major, you'll study core electives that examine areas like geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology, while developing skills in scientific reasoning.

Future work includes positions in museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, educational and research institutions.

View

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life with this fascinating major relevant to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

View

Biomedical Science

Learn how to not only diagnose medical conditions, but also research better ways to treat, cure and prevent them with this major, which allows you to choose from specialised electives.

Graduates can find positions within industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or academia.

View

Chemistry

Be prepared for the future of chemistry and all it entails with this forward-thinking major.

You'll learn about synthetic and polymer chemistry, computational and surface chemistry, and how they apply in our ever-changing world.

This major leads to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments

View

Computer Science

Computer scientists discover and develop new ways for computers to operate.

As a field, Computer Science predates modern computing, and encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Graduates are in high demand in health and scientific industries, in music, computer games, media and retail industries fields, as information security specialists in finance and commerce, and as programming and computer systems experts in government.

View

Ecology

Discover how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study areas include behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology. Field trips are also an important part of this major.

Graduates typically work for government departments and agencies, private industry, community and non-government organisations.

View

Genetics

Increasingly, doctors and scientists use genetic information to diagnose, treat, prevent and cure illnesses.

You'll learn how genetic information can contribute to understanding disease and lead to the development of personalised medicine.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

View

Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

View

Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

View

Marine Science

Dive into the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats.

Courses cover areas such as ecology, genetics and plant biology, zoology, marine invertebrates and coral reefs.

Marine scientists work in various fields, including teaching, fisheries laboratories, marine parks, planning and management, museums and universities.

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

Microbiology

Study in this increasingly important area and you'll learn about immune recognition, vaccine design, infectious disease, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

You'll also understand the importance of microbiology in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings.

Microbiology can open up careers in research with universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

View

Physics

Undertake this major and you can choose to concentrate on theoretical or experimental studies, such as the nature of time or the origin of the universe.

Or you may decide to apply your knowledge to practical areas and develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices. The flexibility is yours.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you develop can take you into sectors including education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

View

Plant Science

Help solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: global warming and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You could provide solutions through the study of ecology, evolution and conservation, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology.

Use your knowledge to become a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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

Zoology

This major offers incredible scope, with the opportunity to choose from courses that cover areas including climate change biology, insect science, physiology, fish and aquaculture, marine biology and mathematical modelling.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

View

Majors

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

Archaeological Science

Archaeologists are increasingly using scientific approaches to their work.

In this major, you'll study core electives that examine areas like geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology, while developing skills in scientific reasoning.

Future work includes positions in museums, cultural centres and agencies, law enforcement, government departments, educational and research institutions.

View

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life with this fascinating major relevant to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Career paths lead to some of the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

View

Biomedical Science

Learn how to not only diagnose medical conditions, but also research better ways to treat, cure and prevent them with this major, which allows you to choose from specialised electives.

Graduates can find positions within industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or academia.

View

Chemistry

Be prepared for the future of chemistry and all it entails with this forward-thinking major.

You'll learn about synthetic and polymer chemistry, computational and surface chemistry, and how they apply in our ever-changing world.

This major leads to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments

View

Computer Science

Computer scientists discover and develop new ways for computers to operate.

As a field, Computer Science predates modern computing, and encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Graduates are in high demand in health and scientific industries, in music, computer games, media and retail industries fields, as information security specialists in finance and commerce, and as programming and computer systems experts in government.

View

Ecology

Discover how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study areas include behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology. Field trips are also an important part of this major.

Graduates typically work for government departments and agencies, private industry, community and non-government organisations.

View

Genetics

Increasingly, doctors and scientists use genetic information to diagnose, treat, prevent and cure illnesses.

You'll learn how genetic information can contribute to understanding disease and lead to the development of personalised medicine.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

View

Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

View

Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

View

Marine Science

Dive into the scientific study of our oceans and coastal habitats.

Courses cover areas such as ecology, genetics and plant biology, zoology, marine invertebrates and coral reefs.

Marine scientists work in various fields, including teaching, fisheries laboratories, marine parks, planning and management, museums and universities.

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

Microbiology

Study in this increasingly important area and you'll learn about immune recognition, vaccine design, infectious disease, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

You'll also understand the importance of microbiology in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings.

Microbiology can open up careers in research with universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

View

Physics

Undertake this major and you can choose to concentrate on theoretical or experimental studies, such as the nature of time or the origin of the universe.

Or you may decide to apply your knowledge to practical areas and develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices. The flexibility is yours.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you develop can take you into sectors including education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

View

Plant Science

Help solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: global warming and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You could provide solutions through the study of ecology, evolution and conservation, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology.

Use your knowledge to become a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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

Zoology

This major offers incredible scope, with the opportunity to choose from courses that cover areas including climate change biology, insect science, physiology, fish and aquaculture, marine biology and mathematical modelling.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

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 $41,648

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Science/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 Science/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 $8,545

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 Science/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 Science/Education (Secondary) is 731302.

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 Science/Education (Secondary) is 2110.

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 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • 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