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Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.4 years full-time.
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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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Program Code40105
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62.00
69.43 (Median SR)
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Entry requirements

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

Study early childhood and primary education

Teachers and education professionals have the power to change lives and shape young minds. If a rewarding career working with children sounds like a dream, then the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree is for you. Graduates qualify to work across a wide age range:

  • Preschool and early childhood (birth – 5 years): Play a meaningful role in intellectual and social development during the crucial early years.
  • Primary school (kinder – year 6): Work across the full scale of children’s intellectual, physical and social development.

Studying this degree prepares you for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Learn to work with families and children in various educational settings or play constructive roles in related industries such as policy development and research.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs with 95% securing employment within four months of graduating (overall employment rate - 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Graduate job-ready with at least three professional early childhood or primary teaching placements (approximately 90 days) in Australia or overseas, as well as Teach Outreach volunteer opportunities.
  • Cutting-edge and experience-based learning with Teach Live, our virtual reality teacher training tool. You’ll also benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year.
  • Flexible career options with professional accreditations for both early childhood and primary school settings, as well as opportunities for non-teaching roles in related sectors.
  • International Opportunities - students have the opportunity to experience teaching in bilingual classrooms through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

Education scholarships
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What you will study

Gain specialist skills, knowledge and expertise across pre-school and early years (birth - 5 years) through to primary school levels (kinder - year 6). In the first year of your early childhood degree, you will study courses which develop core knowledge of the foundations of child development, schooling, teaching and specialist subjects. Years 3 to 4 will provide you with an increasing breadth of knowledge and expertise across the key learning areas, as well as in various specialist subjects taught in primary school.

You can study a range of courses in:

  • Psychology of learning and teaching
  • Children's learning and growth across the span of birth to 12 years
  • Families and society
  • Programming and planning for children aged 0-5 years
  • Language and mathematical learning
  • Aboriginal education
  • Policy and issues
  • Behaviour management
  • Special education
  • Ethics and professional codes of conduct

Throughout your early childhood and primary education degree, you will learn and benefit from virtual reality teacher training, professional practical experience placements, research, community experiences and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Advanced study options

Meritorious students who complete their first two years of the program with at least a credit grade point average have the option to internally apply for admission to the prestigious Research Honours program for their final two years.

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhod and Primary) (Honours) program handbook Apply

Postgraduate study in Education not only enhances your career options, it also allows you to further develop your skills and gain highly regarded expertise. Completing your Bachelor of Education degree at UON opens doors to several postgraduate pathways:

The Master of Special Education¹ qualification will increase your employability, as special education expertise is in high demand in NSW public schools and across Australia. Our Master of Educational Studies allows a range of other specialisations such as engineering, research, ICT and digital learning, mathematics, TESOL and others. Aspiring teaching and non-teaching professionals may also study the Master of Leadership and Management in Education to enhance their skills, competitive edge and career opportunities.

¹NSW Department of Education website

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career

Career opportunities

Diversify your skills and career pathways by qualifying for both teaching and non-teaching roles. Our education graduates enjoy great employment prospects with 94% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree.

Early childhood and primary education graduates gain professional teaching accreditations whilst also benefitting from wider career pathways. Work with diverse families and children in various educational settings including primary school classrooms, childcare centres and pre-schools. Qualify to teach both:

  • Children in their early years (birth to 5years old)
  • Primary school-aged children (kinder to year 6).

While most study Education to become teachers, your qualification opens doors to a multitude of other careers in related industries, including leadership and professional roles in research and policy development. For instance, you may develop and bring a new technique of behaviour management to a troubled school, which could change lives and open further career opportunities.

Career opportunities include:

  • early childhood teacher
  • early childhood centre director
  • primary school teacher
  • specialist teacher in primary school
  • community educator
  • educational researcher
  • education publication writer or editor
  • education policy analyst
  • education consultant
  • curriculum developer
  • educational materials developer
  • curriculum evaluator
  • educational administrator

Professional recognition

Aspiring teachers will gain professional accreditation as Preschool and Early Childhood teachers, as well as K-6 (Primary) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.

The Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) degree at the University of Newcastle is accredited by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) and by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) (formerly BOSTES). Graduates will be eligible to register with the two professional accreditation bodies for early childhood and primary education:

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

The Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) oversees the implementation of the National Quality Framework (NQF) and works with the state and territory regulatory authorities to implement and administer the NQF.

NSW Education Standards Authority

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) replaced the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES) on 1 January 2017. NESA works with the NSW community to drive improvements in student achievement. They will set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.

Practical experience

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements, including a NSW Working with Children clearance.

The new Bachelor of Education degrees are designed to increase your competitive edge and employability. Learning is more innovative and experience-based, ensuring that UON Education graduates are more employable than ever.

Enjoy hands on teaching experience from your first year and develop your skills through SimTeach where you will enjoy simulated classrooms and virtual reality experiences. First year students also enjoy community service experiences.

As you move through your degree you will complete at least three professional experience placements. This equates to approximately 90 days supervised professional experience in relevant school settings. Students also benefit from ongoing volunteer placement opportunities, a strong alumni network and an engaging online platform.

  • SimTeach – teach online avatars in a virtual classroom to enhance confidence and improve your instructional skills.
  • Ed Outreach - Enjoy experience-based learning and benefit from Ed Outreach community experiences from your first year of study.
  • Teach Outreach  - a volunteer placement program that provides hands-on experience at local schools, centres and community organisations.
  • NuTeach - an online platform that houses a wide range of resources and provides the space and opportunity to network and collaborate with our 6,000+ Education students and 150+ staff in Australia and around the world.

How to apply

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If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

  • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
  • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
  • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
  • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
  • Sign up to our mailing list for regular updates
  • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
  • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
  • See our Application FAQs .
  • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

TAFE Guaranteed Entry

Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).


Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
6.5+ 95 96.95
6.25-6.49 93 95.25
6.00-6.24 90 93
5.75-5.99 88 91
5.50-5.74 86 89
5.25-5.49 83 86
5.00-5.24 81 83
4.75-4.99 78 80
4.00-4.74 75 76

Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
76 75


Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6.5+ 78 90
6.25-6.49 78 88
6.00-6.24 77 86
5.75-5.99 76 84
5.50-5.74 75 82
5.25-5.49 73 80
5.00-5.24 71 78
4.75-4.99 69 75
4.00-4.74 67 73


Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
6773

Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.


It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.


Bachelor degree studies

Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
6.5+ 97.30
6 93.40
5 86.30
4 77.65
3 67.25

*Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.


Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
>97 99.55
80 84
70 77
60 70
50 65

If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

  • Open Foundation
    Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
  • Yapug
    If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
  • Diploma in Engineering
    Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
  • Undergraduate Certificates
    Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.


If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

Non-Award Admission

If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.


Cross-Institutional Study

If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

Senior secondary school qualification

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirements below.

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

 

Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. 

Admission information for Australian students and residents is available here.

Admission information for international students is available here.

During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank.  Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

The entry criteria and a range of comparable pathways to education degrees, that satisfy the expectations of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) can be found here.

 

 

 

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.5 with no subtest result below 7.0 for reading and writing subtests, and no subtest result below 8.0 for listening and speaking subtests.

The NSW Education Standards Authority requires that the test results be no more than two years old at the time of application.  Students seeking employment in Australia will also have to demonstrate that they have passed the national Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) students, before they will be able to be graduated and accredited as a teacher.

Study of English and Mathematics at the HSC level or equivalent.

This degree requires students to participate in placements in NSW Department of Education or other NSW school or service providers via the completion of teacher observations and small group participation, and 90 days of professional experience across three placements. During placement, students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the placement facility. Placements may extend beyond normal semester times and students must meet their own associated travel and accommodation costs, where applicable. Students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements , including a NSW Working with Children clearance. Students must check the professional experience website for all placement information.

  • Anaphylaxis Training

  • Working With Children Check

  • Child Protection Awareness Training

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

EDUC2066 - Teaching, Learning and Play in Early Childhood

EDUC2186 - Quality Teaching and Student Learning K-6

EDUC4147 - Early Childhood/Primary Professional Experience

You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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Apply to study this degree through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Important: This degree has additional admission requirements. All applicants should ensure that they are aware of the Admission to Teacher Education information.

Admission to Teacher Education information

Apply to study in Australia

Both students and education agents can submit applications online using our Online Direct Admissions tool. This is our preferred way of application.

You can save your application after you have started, and come back to it later. The next intake for this degree is for Semester 1, 2019.

Important: This degree has additional admission requirements. All applicants should ensure that they are aware of the Admission to Teacher Education information.

Admission to Teacher Education information

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