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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Australian Catholic University

CRICOS provider number: 00004G TEQSA provider ID: PRV12008

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ACU has a long-held reputation as a leading provider of quality and innovative teacher education. This course is designed for people who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and inspiring young minds. A graduate of this course is eligible for registration as a primary teacher in government, independent and Catholic schools.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) combines theory with practice, ensuring students not only learn about the social, political and cultural contexts that shape education in schools, but also gain hands on practical experience in primary school teaching by undertaking professional placements within schools during the course. This course has been designed to provide students with greater choice and flexibility to meet the changing needs and demands of the teaching professional.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) and the ACT Teacher Quality Institute require students to pass the National Literacy and Numeracy Test prior to completing the final professional experience placement.

All students in initial teacher education courses must meet the LANTITE test standard prior to graduation. You need to demonstrate once that you have met the standard for each test component (literacy and numeracy) before you undertake your final teaching placement. Test results are transferrable and do not expire.

If you have not met the standard for either component after your first attempt, it is very important that you contact the Course Coordinator immediately to discuss your options.

Areas of study

Teaching in a primary setting.

Career opportunities

Primary school education, policy development, community centre education, private colleges, inclusive education settings, adult education, education and training roles in other sectors – e.g. zoos, correction facilities for youth or adults, research, special education.

Professional recognition

This program has been listed on the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) accredited programs list and meets the teacher education component of the qualification requirement for registration (accreditation) as a primary school teacher in all states and territories. By selecting religious education and/or theology units, you will be eligible to teach Religious Education in Catholic and other faith-based schools.

Practical experience

The Professional and Community Engagement program, embedded in the course, provides a number of opportunities for students to complete a practicum in a range of school and community settings. Students must obtain a Working With Children Check before the first professional experience placement.

Fees and charges

Visit the ACU website for general information about tuition fees.

Essential requirements for admission

Questionnaire: You are required to answer a questionnaire about your motivation and suitability for teaching when you apply. Preview the teaching questionnaire.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: NSW: A minimum of three Band 5 HSC subjects, including one in English and a mathematics (Band 4). ACT: English (T); any mathematics (T).

Note: This course is structured to allow applicants to meet the three Band 5 entry requirements within the degree program by including a full year of discipline studies before applicants study how to teach.

Read more about admission criteria for applicants with recent secondary education.

Other applicants

Also refer to the ACU general admission criteria.

Student profile

View the ACU student profile.

Further information

View all details of this course on the ACU website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2024)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2024 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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