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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), Intake in 2022, Intake in 2022,
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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 a teaching area in chemistry for secondary education at the University of Newcastle

Almost everything you touch in the modern world will have a chemist's input at some stage.

At its most basic, chemistry is the manipulation of atoms and molecules for real world applications and it plays a key role in virtually all sciences. When you study Chemistry as an Education student, you will examine and build on the key concepts of basic atomic and molecular structure, fundamental inorganic chemistry and underlying physical concepts.

Study chemistry teaching at the University of Newcastle to develop your skills in communication and analysis for application in a high school classroom. You will also learn specialist knowledge in the study of Chemistry, focusing on areas of interest that you can share with your students.

Your Chemistry teaching area within your Bachelor of Education (Secondary) degree at the University of Newcastle will enhance your careers prospects in teaching roles and beyond. Become a high-demand1 teacher with qualifications that can take you to rewarding careers in classroom education and beyond.

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

Study chemistry as one of your core teaching areas to learn how to teach junior and senior secondary school science courses. You may find work in:

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

A chemistry teaching area focuses on developing core communication and inquiry skills, as well as specialist scientific knowledge. Your experience with scientific inquiry, writing and experimentation will be applicable to a range of careers outside education. You can find out more by visiting our Bachelor of Science - Chemistry major page.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning about how compounds are formed through chemical reactions, both designed and naturally occurring.
  • Goals to apply their passion for chemistry to a career in high school teaching.
  • A commitment to developing engaging lesson plans for senior and junior science classes, using your specialist knowledge to inform your teaching practice.

What do you learn in a chemistry teaching area?

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

  • Energy and Structure: Students will study introductory chemistry, learning the foundation principles of molecular and atomic structures. More advanced courses are offered in second and third year to expand students’ knowledge of surface energy, macroscopic properties and molecular-scale structure.
  • Physical Chemistry: This course will teach students about systems, states and processes. You will study the primary states, including solids, liquids and gases. Students will also focus on how these states are formed and the kinetics behind the relevant chemical processes.
  • Medicinal Chemistry: We offer students the option to study this course in their third year of the chemistry teaching area. It examines the crossroads between the disciplines of biology and chemistry, focusing on biologically active drugs. You will study biomolecules, metalloproteins, natural medicinal products and their use in pharmaceutical agents.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allows you to study Chemistry as a core teaching area.

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