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Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.4 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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Program Code40107
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75.85 (Median SR)
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 a teaching area in Biology For Secondary Education

Biology is an integral part of society due to our reliance on the natural world for our survival. This teaching area will prepare you to teach Biology and related topics to both junior and senior high school classes.

When you study biological sciences as a core teaching area, your study will span a wide range of courses from genes to the environment. You will learn about the key principles of life and living organisms, gaining exposure to the discipline's strong research interests. You’ll learn how to teach high school classes about microbiology, marine biology, plant cell development, physiology and core laboratory skills.

When you study biological sciences as a teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at UON, you will gain both specialist skills and a recognised teaching area specialisation. Enjoy the advantages of becoming a high-demand teacher1 with the capabilities and confidence to pursue both teaching and non-teaching careers.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in Biology?

Studying Biology as one of your core teaching areas will prepare you to teach junior and senior secondary school science courses. You may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

You will develop skills in research, analysis, and laboratory practice which can be applied to careers outside of the education sector. These might include roles in medical research, animal biology, biochemistry and pathology.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning how to investigate and experiment with living organisms.
  • Goals to pursue research in biological sciences, to inform their future educational practice in a secondary school.
  • A commitment to motivating students to engage with the biological sciences in meaningful ways.

What do you learn in a Biology teaching area?

Our teaching area is designed to prepare students to teach the HSC course in Biology, and related topics in Junior science classes. We offer courses in:

  • Plant and Animal Biology: In your first year the University of Newcastle offers introductory courses in Biology. You will learn about the five kingdoms: animal, plant, fungi, protista and monera. Your study will focus upon their unique cell structures, and the concept of energetics.
  • Organisms and Ecosystems: Students will learn how organisms interact with their wider ecosystem. Your courses will focus on concepts such as biodiversity, populations, communities and ecosystems. The aim of courses in this area of biology is to teach students fundamental biological concepts to inform their understanding of sustainability.
  • Genetics: Later in your degree you will be able to study genes, and their role as storers of information. Students will learn how genetic information is encoded, stored and transferred from generation to generation.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study a teaching area in Biology:

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