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Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

The University of Newcastle

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The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

Where else could you combine your passion for education, explore subject areas you’re interested in and apply your in-depth knowledge and skills to inspire young minds? Our graduates are both qualified teachers and highly skilled specialists who work in education as well as a range of related industries. You could find yourself encouraging a student to follow their passions in science – inspiring them to go on to make groundbreaking discoveries – or helping the quiet student to find their voice in public speaking and debating. With this degree, you will be at the forefront, shaping the minds of tomorrow’s leaders.

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. Refer to Your accreditation on 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 Admission into teacher education degrees on the University of Newcastle website.

Visit the AITSL website for further information on current Australian Government teacher education policy.

Areas of study

Secondary education and teaching in the following areas: Aboriginal studies, ancient history, biology, business studies, chemistry, computing information systems and software design, design and techology, earth and environmental science, economics, English, food technology, geography, health and physical education, industrial technology engineering, industrial technology graphics and multimedia, industrial technology timber and metal, information processes and technology, investigating science, languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese), legal studies, mathematics, modern history, physics, society and culture, special education, studies of religion, teaching English as a second language (TESOL).

Note: Not all study areas are available on each campus and are subject to change. All teaching areas are offered predominantly at the Newcastle (Callaghan) campus. Teaching areas also available at the Ourimbah campus include Aboriginal studies, drama, English, modern history, society and culture. Online delivery is also available for some courses and some courses are delivered from the Newcastle City campus. Students may study across the two campuses if they wish to broaden their study area choice. Online delivery is also available for some courses and some courses are delivered from the Newcastle City campus.

Career opportunities

High school teacher, special education teacher, health and fitness trainer, community educator, education publication writer or editor, educational materials developer, English as a second language teacher, educational researcher, education policy analyst, education consultant, curriculum developer, curriculum evaluator, educational administrator.

Professional recognition

Accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Practical experience

At least three professional experience placements totalling approximately 90 days. In some disciplines, additional Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) courses are available. 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.

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.


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

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

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

Recommended studies: Study in the area of your preferred secondary teaching specialisation. For Mathematics teaching: Mathematics Extension 1. For Health and Physical Education (HPE) teaching: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) plus one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics Standard 2.

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.

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.

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.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

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.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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.

  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 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).
  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

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

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

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.