Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music
Give the gift of music
Music in the secondary years is beneficial for the intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing of young people. For some students, it becomes a key source of pride, success and joy.
As a music specialist teacher in the secondary years you’ll help your students hone musical skills, pursue their goals and build confidence.
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?
Our Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Music is designed in collaboration with the Elder Conservatorium of Music. You will:
- work with experienced musicians, performers, teachers and researchers
- build expertise in music and an additional non-music teaching area^
- explore educational issues, curriculum and practice relevant to the secondary years
- 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.
Audition information is available from the Elder Conservatorium of Music.
^Teaching areas include: classroom music, instrumental music, economics, English, geography, history, languages (must be taken at advanced level), linguistics (EAL/D), mathematical sciences, media.
- 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 4.5 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. Approval is based on your past and current enrolments, and is assessed by the Faculty of Arts on a case-by-case basis.
Note: On-campus attendance is required for courses in the fourth year of this program. If you are a continuing student in the program and are unable to attend campus, please contact the Faculty of Arts for program advice.
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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information for this program.
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||*|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||*|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||*|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||*|
|Minimum eligibility score||70|
|Additional criteria considered||Audition required|
|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 must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. 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. All applicants must also attend and pass an audition/interview and a musicianship test. Selections for music programs are made on the basis of audition/interview scores combined with academic achievement and the musicianship test score. It is possible to audition for more than one instrument or study area if you have multiple interests. Auditions will be held in late November. Please check dates and deadlines, as well as find the audition registration form at: https://arts.adelaide.edu.au/music/study/auditions.
|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 must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your best GPA is used in the case of a tie-breaker. 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). You must also undertake an audition/interview including an aural/theory test. You compete for a place based on your audition score. Your STAT rank is used in the case of a tie-breaker. 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|
|Applicant background||Semester one/Full year intake 2021|
|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:|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|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)||75%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||82|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||75%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1270|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||9|
|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||74%|
|Monash Foundation Year||72|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||75|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.3|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.9|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||59|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.6|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||77|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||70%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|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
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.
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.
Fees and Scholarships
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|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $40,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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.
Music Teacher, Music Theory Teacher, Music Tutor, Education Coordinator, Education Officer / Educator, School Services Officer, Teacher
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 degree.
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, all 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.
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
42 units of Music courses
Note: music-related curriculum and methodologies currently offered are Instrumental Music and Classroom Music.
Teaching Area 2
In addition to your first major teaching area, you will also complete 12 units in one of the following non-music areas to be eligible for a second teaching area:
> Chinese Studies
> Linguistics (ESL)
> French Studies
> German Studies
> Indonesian Studies
> Italian Studies
> Japanese Studies
> Mathematical Sciences
> Modern Greek Studies
> Spanish Studies
Example Study Plan
I really enjoyed being taught by practising teachers. They shared relevant and up-to-date examples of current curriculum, and the challenges that they face in the classroom. I really got a feel for what teaching is like and how to effectively engage students at the right level of challenge.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021