The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
71.98 (Median SR)
71.98 (Median SR)
70.05 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

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.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD32,420 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 7.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 7.0 (R,W), 8.0 (L,S)

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4 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 40106
CRICOS code: 095153G

Study primary education

If you dream of inspiring young minds and making a difference, you’ll enjoy a rewarding degree, studying primary education and teaching.

Primary school (kinder – year 6) is the critical period where children cultivate life-long skills, helping them to grow and transition into young adults. Learn the teaching skills, knowledge and influence to nurture capable, confident and well-adjusted individuals.

Discover how you can empower the next generation and influence positive change. University of Newcastle Primary Education graduates enjoy diverse careers as specialist teachers, leaders and education professionals across related sectors in Australia and around the world.

Why study with us?

  • Our graduates get jobs with 94% securing employment within four months of completing their degree (overall employment rate - 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey).
  • Be work-ready with at least three professional primary teaching experience placements (approximately 90 days) and ongoing Teach Outreach volunteer opportunities.
  • Hands-on and cutting-edge learning from day 1 through virtual reality teaching via Teach Live and Ed Outreach community experiences.
  • Gain priority employment by developing additional teaching expertise to complement your core education studies – choose from 10 study areas.
  • International Opportunities - students have the opportunity to experience teaching in bilingual classrooms through the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.
  • Accreditation - this program is accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Education scholarships
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What you will study

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree is designed for successful careers and will develop your knowledge, confidence and skills through both theoretical and experience-based learning. You'll study a variety of courses in primary education, as well as specialist teaching areas to provide you with a highly desired degree qualification.

Key study areas include:

  • Foundations of primary education
  • How to teach K-6 curriculum
  • Language and literacy development
  • Psychology of learning and teaching
  • Behaviour management

To diversify your skills and enhance your job prospects, study courses in any of the following areas:

  • human society and its environment
  • creative arts
  • English
  • personal Development, health and physical education
  • mathematics
  • science and technology
  • special education

Throughout your 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 (Primary) (Honours) program handbook


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.

Additional documents

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Our graduates enjoy great employment prospects with 94% securing jobs within four months of completing their degree. UON Education graduates are both qualified teachers and non-teaching professionals who work in classrooms, various education settings and across related industries in Australia and around the world.

Being a Primary teacher goes well beyond teaching maths and ABC’s - you could find yourself inspiring the next generation of leaders; helping young ones develop social skills; developing programs to inspire early interest in critical industries like maths and science; or playing constructive roles in public discussions on education by researching its impacts on communities.

Careers may include:

  • Primary school teacher
  • specialist teacher in primary school
  • special education
  • English as a second language teacher
  • 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

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree at UON is accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Aspiring teachers will gain professional accreditation as Primary school (K – 6) teachers in and beyond the New South Wales Government, Catholic, and Independent school sectors.

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 set and monitor quality teaching, learning, assessment and school standards. This includes responsibility, across NSW public, Catholic and independent schools.

Practical experience

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 Teach Live 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.

  • Teach Live – 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.