Bachelor of Education (Primary)

University of Newcastle

Undergraduate course details table
Campus Course code Fee type Pattern of
Course start date
Newcastle – Callaghan 484800 CSP 4F/EqP 3 Aug 2020
22 Feb 2021
Central Coast – Ourimbah 484810 CSP 4F/EqP 3 Aug 2020
22 Feb 2021


In response to COVID-19, the University of Newcastle is moving courses online to enable students to continue their studies. Visit University of Newcastle @ Home for resources and AskUON for more information.

Discover how you can empower future generations and influence positive change within classrooms and communities. As a primary teacher, you could find yourself inspiring the next generation of leaders or developing a program to encourage early interest in critical industries like maths and science. Being a primary teacher goes well beyond teaching maths and ABCs – you’ll play a critical role in the growth and transition of children into young adults. Use your skills and knowledge to nurture strong and confident people capable of bringing new to the world.

Students entering into the education programs must meet any additional requirements as determined by the NSW Education Standards Authority and Australian Government teacher education policy. Our education degrees are accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority: visit the NSW Education Standards Authority website.

Our programs are designed with pathways to cater for students from a variety of educational backgrounds, including applicants who have met the NSW Education Standards Authority requirement of three HSC Band 5s (including one in English). For those applicants who may not have met the NSW Education Standards Authority requirement on entry, and who otherwise meet the University of Newcastle academic entry requirements, there are pathways which enable you to meet the teacher education milestone by the completion of the first year of study (80 units) in the program. For further information, refer to the University of Newcastle website.

For further information on current Australian Government teacher education policy, go to the AITSL website.

Areas of study: Primary teaching in all of the primary subjects including English; Mathematics; Science and Technology; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education; Creative Arts; and Human Society and its Environment; plus an in-depth study which can be in special education or one of the subjects listed above.

Career opportunities: Primary school teacher, special education teacher, community educator, education policy, analyst, curriculum developer, educational materials developer.

Professional recognition: Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Practical experience: Three professional experience placements totalling at least 90 days. You can also take advantage of:

  • Ed Outreach – experience-based learning in community experiences from your first year of study
  • Teach Outreach – a volunteer placement program
  • Teach Live – teach online avatars in a virtual classroom
  • NuTeach – an online platform for our students and staff that provides opportunities to network and collaborate.

In order to attend a placement in a NSW Department of Education facility or other NSW School or Service, all students must meet all the Education Placement Requirements.

Honours: 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 Research Honours program for their final two years.

Fees and charges: Visit the University of Newcastle website for current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English and Mathematics Advanced (or equivalent)

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

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: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants with work and life experience

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: visit the University of Newcastle website.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle. Visit the University of Newcastle website.

Student profile

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Further information

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How to apply

Read about how to apply through UAC.

Check UAC application and offer round dates.

Course updates
Courses are added and cancelled throughout the admissions year and course details are subject to change. Check the course search regularly.

Review of programs
The academic content of all programs is subject to routine review. For up-to-date details, visit the University of Newcastle website.

Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.

ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)
ATAR profile data table
Course code Lowest ATAR (LA) Median ATAR (MA) Highest ATAR (HA) Lowest selection rank (LSR) Median selection rank (MSR) Highest selection rank (HSR)
484800 53.25 65.03 93.45 58.15 70.58 99.45
484810 52.55 62.20 88.00 61.55 67.88 88.00


  1. 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 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. 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 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. 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

LA - Lowest ATAR
MA - Median ATAR
HA - Highest ATAR
LSR - Lowest selection rank
LSR - Median selection rank
LSR - Highest selection rank