Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science

Degree Type Double Degree
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 334651
CRICOS 047798B

Foster the science future

Great science teachers tap into the natural curiosity and imaginative thinking of young people. They build a strong foundation of knowledge and inspire a spirit of discovery.

With a shortage of high school science teachers in Australia, there is high demand for educators capable of shaping the next generation of scientists. Our Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science gives you the skills to take on this stimulating and vital role.

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?

You’ll build deep understandings of the subjects you intend to teach, selecting from: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Digital Technologies*
  • Mathematics*
  • Physics
  • Psychology

You’ll also:

  • explore educational issues, curriculum and practice relevant to the secondary years
  • 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.

*Students who wish to major in Mathematics or Digital Technologies must also complete a major from the Faculty of Science.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 334651
    2019 CSP ATAR 75.7
    2019 CSP IB 27
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
    ATAR
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 62.95
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.18
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.8
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 75.7
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 92.93
    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 Scheme. 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.

    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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 334651

    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)
    <5 N/A
    (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)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    18 56.2%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • 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)
    N/A N/A
    International students 7 21.9%
    All students 32 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 047798B
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT [US] 1270
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Teaching Capabilities Statement
    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.

    Criminal History Check - DCSI Clearance
    A successful Department of Child and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Clearance is required by teacher employment authorities in South Australia. A successful DCSI is required prior to undertaking any professional experience placement which involves contact with minors (under 18 years of age). These placements form a compulsory part of the program. International students will be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

    Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
    Prior to graduation, all students enrolled in Initial Teacher Education programs must successfully complete the LANTITE.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    Scholarships

    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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  • Careers

    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

    SACE Teacher, SSO, STEM Teacher, STEM in Schools Professional Development Provider, Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, School Services Officer, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Officer, Scientist, Teacher

  • 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 undertaken 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
    You will complete the requirements for a major teaching area in one of the following areas:
    > Biology
    > Chemistry
    > Earth and Environmental Science
    > Physics

    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:
    > Biology
    > Chemistry
    > Earth and Environmental Science
    > Digital Technologies
    > Mathematics
    > Physics
    > Psychology

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 S1 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level I

    Science Elective
    Course Level I

    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level I
    EDUC 1001
    Schools and Policy

    S2 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level I

    Science Elective
    Level I
    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level I
    EDUC 1100
    Introduction to Teaching and Learning

    (inc. 10-day placement)
    Year 2 S1 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level II
    Science Elective
    Level II
    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level II
    EDUC 2001
    Issues in Contemporary Education

    (inc. 10-day placement)
    S2 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level II
    Science Elective
    Level II
    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level II
    EDUC 2002
    Professional Practice and Research
    Year 3 S1 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level III
    Teaching Area 2
    Science Course Level III
    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level III
    EDUC 3006
    Secondary School Pedagogy

    (inc. 10-day placement)
    S2 Teaching Area 1:
    Science Course Level III
    Teaching Area 1
    Science Course Level III
    Teaching Area 2:
    Science Course Level III
    EDUC 3003
    Teaching the Diverse Classroom
    Year 4
    Prior to commencing 4th year ALL students must :
    1. successfully complete both the literacy and numeracy components of the LANTITE
    2. complete the requirements for the Bachelor of Science program
    Year 4

    (Delivered in Quadmester Mode, to align with school terms)
    T1 Teaching Area 1 Curriculum & Methodology A Teaching Area 2 Curriculum & Methodology A EDUC 4213
    Education Research Skills
    T2 Teaching Area 1 Curriculum & Methodology B Teaching Area 2 Curriculum & Methodology B EDUC 4206
    Professional Experience A (UG)

    (25 days in Secondary School)
    T3 EDUC 4207
    Professional Preparation (UG)

    (Intensive Week 1)
    EDUC 4208
    Professional Experience B (UG)

    (25 days in Secondary School)
    T4 Provided all of the above requirements have been met, students will be eligible for completion.
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates.
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Last updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019