Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science

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This program is for continuing students only and from 2015 has been replaced with the Bachelor of Teaching (Science) (Honours) (Program code 12372).

As a science teacher you will guide students through a set of related processes for observing, experimenting, describing, classifying and analysing phenomena. You will then use the results of those activities to help students construct useful explanations of how things work.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science program at the University of Newcastle aims to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for a highly successful career in teaching. Graduates of this program will be able to seek employment as 7-12 (Secondary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales (NSW) Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors. The program aims to develop graduates who are inspirational teachers with the capability to act professionally, ethically and effectively in their Secondary school destinations; insightful scholars with the capability to engage in rational enquiry into curriculum, policy and practice; and innovative leaders with the capability to play a constructive role in public discourse on and beyond education.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


Admission Requirements (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

HSC or equivalent.

Band 4 English in NSW HSC. Students who do not meet this requirement on entry will have to demonstrate equivalent achievement before graduation as per Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards requirements.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration

Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students/non-school-leavers/applying-and-credit.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The programs in the School of Education incorporate both traditional and innovative approaches to professional experience. Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings in a four-year Bachelor program. This matches the current Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) requirements for professional experience in four-year undergraduate initial teacher education programs.

NOTE: All teacher education students are required to do one professional experience placement of 20 days at a location outside of the local region (ie. in other parts of NSW or Australia). Students normally do this "out-of-area" placement in the third year of the program.

IMPORTANT: Some professional experience placements occur during university vacation times. Please check the professional experience website for placement dates before you book a holiday. http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/education-arts/peu/education/


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Graduates of an accredited initial teacher education program will be eligible for registration with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards, and can pursue careers as teachers or educators in both the NSW Department of Education and Communities, Catholic Education and Independent school systems; and in public and private sectors both nationally and internationally.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

International students must comply with the University of Newcastle's English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/students/international/student-support/ to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonably adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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International applicants intending to seek accreditation to teach should seek clarification of accreditation requirements with their proposed/intended employment authority prior to undertaking the program. Responsibility for clarification of suitability of undergraduate qualifications for employment with an employing authority rests with the applicant.

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


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The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Science program is offered as a 4 year full time program or part-time equivalent. The program requires the successful completion of 320 units that are normally offered as 40 units per semester for eight semesters. Students are required to successfully complete:

  • Core Courses
  • 100 unit Major (#) - (Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Earth and Environmental Sciences)
  • Extended Science Foundations Directed Courses (#) - 20 units in an area other than the chosen major
  • Math Directed Courses - 10 units
  • Electives - 20 units.

NOTE #: All students need to successfully complete at least 20 Units of either Physics or Chemistry in the course of their program in order to meet the requirements for registration by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards.

Students will complete the equivalent of 90 days professional experience in relevant school settings. In-school professional teaching experiences may involve placement in schools in a variety of geographic regions outside the Newcastle area. In-school professional teaching experiences are supervised by school or university staff, and students are expected to satisfy a range of professional teaching competencies as part of the successful completion of the program.

All students are expected to successfully complete one professional experience placement at a location distant from the university campus (outside of the Hunter and Central Coast regions). This out-of-area placement usually occurs in the third year of the program.


Transition Arrangements Back to top

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, and which may require transition arrangements. Students affected by changes to the program or experiencing transition problems are advised to check existing arrangements at "Further information". Students should consult with the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information re transition arrangements.


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Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC1008Foundations of Primary and Secondary EducationNot currently offered10 units
EDUC1751Knowledge and Communication TechnologiesTrimester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT1020Statistical Reasoning and Literacy

Not to count with STAT1070.

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
EDUC2052Specialist Studies in Science 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
EDUC2101Introduction to Specialist StudiesNot currently offered10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from Directed MATH courses.
MATH1001Preparational Studies in MathematicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
MATH1002Foundational Studies in MathematicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1210Mathematical Discovery 1Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC2102Educational Psychology: Learners and the Learning ProcessSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2103Schooling, Identity and SocietySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC2152Extended Studies in Science ISemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
EDUC2195Managing the 7-12 Learning EnvironmentNot currently offered10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ABOR3500Aboriginal Education, Policies and IssuesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3026Special EducationSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
EDUC3052Specialist Studies in Science 2Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
EDUC3195Pedagogy and InclusionNot currently offered10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EDUC4070Literacies Across the Secondary CurriculumSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
EDUC4109Extended Studies in Science 2Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
EDUC4195Teachers, Ethics and Professionalism: 7-12 InternshipSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
20 units
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from a different Science area than your Major. (Please check Physics/Chemistry requirement is met ).
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and OrganismsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to EcosystemsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic SystemsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and ProductsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics IITrimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topBiology Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses at 1000 level.
BIOL1001Molecules, Cells and OrganismsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1002Organisms to EcosystemsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL1003Professional Skills for Biological Sciences 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 2000 level.
BIOL2001Molecular Laboratory Skills for Biological SciencesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2002Laboratory Skills in Biological SystemsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2010BiochemistrySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2020Animal Physiology and DevelopmentSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2050Molecular GeneticsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2090Microbial BiologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL2220Plant Cell DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS2004Ecology

Not to count with BIOL2070

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2005Ecology & Management of Australian Flora

Not to count with EMGT2040

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS2006Ecology & Management of Australian Fauna

Not to count with EMGT2050

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 3000 level.
BIOL3001Advanced Laboratory Skills in Biological SciencesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3020Reproductive Physiology and DevelopmentSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3090Molecular BiologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3100MicrobiologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3310Plant Cell & Molecular BiologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
BIOL3330Plant Development and PhysiologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
ENVS3002Applied Environmental Science

Not to count with ENVS3020

Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3003Conservation Biology

Not to count with EMGT3030

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
ENVS3004Ecotoxicology

Not to count with BIOL3350

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topChemistry Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
CHEM1010Introductory Chemistry ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM1020Introductory Chemistry IISemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2110Analytical ChemistrySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2210Inorganic ChemistrySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2310Organic ChemistrySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM2410Physical ChemistrySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 3000 level.
CHEM3110Instrumental Chemical AnalysisSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3210Metal Complexation, Structure and ReactivityNot currently offered10 units
CHEM3310Molecular Organic SynthesisSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3410Energy and StructureSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3550Medicinal and Biological ChemistrySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3560Solid State and Surface ChemistrySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3570Applications of Spectroscopy: Quantitative Analysis and Characterisation of CompoundsNot currently offered10 units
CHEM3580Polymers and ColloidsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
CHEM3610Environmental Chemistry IINot currently offered10 units
Back to topEarth and Environmental Sciences Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
GEOS1040Earth's Dynamic SystemsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS1050Earth Processes and ProductsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2080Earth Science Field CourseSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2161GIS and Remote SensingSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units from Directed Courses at 2000 level.
ENVS2001Environmental Concepts: Energy

Not to count with ENVS2040

Not currently offered10 units
GEOS2050River Basin ProcessesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2070Climatology and SoilsNot currently offered10 units
GEOS2170Optical Mineralogy and Igneous PetrologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2190Structural and Field GeologySemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS2200Earth's Sedimentary Rocks and EnvironmentsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 3000 level.
ENVS3007Environmental Remediation

Not to count with EMGT3100

Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3110Igneous Petrology & Crustal EvolutionSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3150Basin AnalysisSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3160Geology of Coalfields and FuelsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3220Coastal Dynamics, Evolution and ProtectionNot currently offered10 units
GEOS3250Geographic Information SystemsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3260Field Course in Carbonate EnvironmentsNot currently offered10 units
GEOS3280Global ChangeSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3320Earth Sciences PlacementSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
GEOS3330Metamorphic and Field GeologySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topPhysics Major (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Compulsory Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following compulsory courses to fulfil the requirements of this major.
PHYS1210Advanced Physics ISemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics IITrimester 1 - 2015 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 2000 level.
PHYS2160Modern OpticsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2170Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor PhysicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS2240Atomic and Nuclear PhysicsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2250Classical Mechanics and Special RelativitySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2260ElectromagnetismSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 40 units from Directed Courses at 3000 level.
PHYS3310Lasers and ApplicationsSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3330Industrial Project and SeminarSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS3350Quantum, Atomic & Molecular PhysicsSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3360Advanced ElectromagnetismSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3370Statistical PhysicsNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3390Solid State and NanoscienceSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units