Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Economics

Give kids the bigger picture

It’s important that young people leave high school able to make decisions and understand their place in a global economy. In the modern world, financial and economic literacy are key for living an empowered life.

Economics teachers encourage an informed and questioning mindset. They help position students as citizens of the world, set to thrive, influence and lead.

Develop your digital capabilities in our eLearning Program - the first and only one of its kind for Education students in Australia. We will show you how to use your own iPad with pencil and keyboard to its full teaching potential so you can earn Apple Teacher status. You might even do your first year placement in an Apple Distinguished School.  

What will you do?

In our Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Economics you will:  

  • build expertise in economics and an additional area you intend to teach^
  • explore educational issues, curriculum and practice
  • work with inspiring teachers and researchers
  • gain professional experience and connections through extensive school placements.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate fully qualified to register as a secondary teacher Australia-wide. If you’d like to teach overseas, your degree will be valid in most other countries. An education background will also prove invaluable in a wide range of careers servicing communities outside of the classroom.

^Teaching areas include: accounting, biology, business studies, chemistry, digital technologies, English, geography, history, languages, linguistics (EAL), mathematics, music, physics.

Please note: 
  • Mid-year entry will only be available to domestic students. Due to the program structure and professional experience placements, students commencing mid-year study will complete their program in 4.25 years instead of 4 years.
  • International students who are currently studying at the University of Adelaide may apply to this program mid-year via internal transfer

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code 334621
2019 CSP ATAR 70.65
2019 CSP IB 25
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 80
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 29
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 64.95
Median ATAR to receive an offer 81.5
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.45
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 70.65
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 90.5
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 70
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Additional Entry Requirements
In accordance with national teacher education program standards, applicants must fulfil non-academic entry requirements.

Applicants are required to submit a 400-600 word Teaching Capabilities Statement which speaks to motivation to become a teacher.

The statement must address three themes: - understanding of the role of a teacher - the personal and academic qualities possessed that will enable you to become an effective teacher - your attitude to learning

Pathway students will be contacted directly by the university and asked to submit their statement at the end of their foundation program.

Please note you may only submit one Teaching Capabilities Statement. Once you submit your statement you cannot make any changes or edits. Your submission will be final.

Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 334621

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A
(C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
<5 N/A
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
    (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
International students 5 83.3%
All students 6 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $9,725

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

The Bachelor of Teaching program prepares students for teaching in middle and senior secondary schools. It is also suitable for students intending to work with adult learners.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Industry Placement

Criminal History Check and Responding to Abuse and Neglect training

Professional Experience Placements form a compulsory part of the program.  Students will be required to undertake a Child-related Employment screening through Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI).  If a student fails to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any professional experience activity that a student may require to complete the course of study.

In addition, students who are completing any in-school activities or professional experience placements must undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect prior to the commencement of the activity/placement. Students must provide documented evidence that shows that they have completed all of the required training.

Professional Accreditation

This double degree program provides a professional qualification that is recognised for teacher registration purposes in South Australia. In most cases the qualification is portable to other states and overseas countries.

Potential careers

Data Analyst, Econometrician, Economic Researcher, Economist, Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, School Services Officer, Science Communicators, Statistician, Teacher, STEM Teacher, STEM in Schools Professional Development Provider

Degree Structure

Our four year double degrees allow you to specialise in two subject areas taught in the secondary years of high school. Your first three years of study are focused on building your expertise in these two teaching areas.

Throughout the degree you will also undertake education courses and professional experience placements. The final year of study prepares you to be a teaching professional with the focus on curriculum, methodology, pedagogy and professional experience placements in schools.

The Bachelor of Teaching is for students who have not already commenced university study. If you have already commenced a degree, you should consider completing that degree and then apply for the Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary). Students completing the requirements of the Bachelor of Teaching are eligible to gain credit towards the Master of Teaching (Middle and Secondary).

Working With Children Check (WWCC)
All people who work with children and young people will require a Working With Children Check (WWCC). A successful WWCC is required prior to undertaking any professional experience placement, including all in-school activities which involve contact with minors (people under 18 years of age). These placements and in-school activities are compulsory components of teaching degrees at the University of Adelaide. 

From 1 July 2019 the Department of Child and Social Inclusion (DCSI) clearance will be replaced by the WWCC. If you have a valid relevant DCSI clearance you will need to apply for a WWCC under the new scheme when your current check is due for renewal. All checks for people working with children will be issued under the new scheme by July 2022.

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid DCSI or WWCC prior to undertaking any professional experience placement or in-school activities.

Find out more at the Department of Human Services.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Prior to commencing fourth year of the degree, students must successfully complete both the literacy and numeracy components of the LANTITE. The LANTITE is administered through ACER. More information can be found at ACER. The University of Adelaide will reimburse you when you successfully complete the Literacy component of the test at your first attempt.

Professional Recognition 
This double degree program provides a professional qualification that is recognised for teacher registration purposes in South Australia. In most cases the qualification is portable to other states and overseas countries.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Teaching Area 1
36 units of Economics courses required by the Bachelor of Economics.

Teaching Area 2
In addition to your first major teaching area, you will also complete the requirements for a second teaching area, different from your first teaching area, in one of the following:
> Accounting
> Biology
> Business Studies
> Chemistry
> Chinese Studies
> Digital Technologies
> English
> French Studies
> Geography, Environment and Population
> German Studies
> History
> Indonesian Studies
> Information Technology
> Italian Studies
> Japanese Studies
> Linguistics (ESL)
> Physics
> Mathematical Sciences
> Modern Greek Studies
> Music
> Spanish Studies.

Example Study Plan

Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.


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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2021