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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts


Program summary

Dr Margaret Marshman
Program coordinator

Dr Margaret Marshman

Inspire a love of the arts through teaching

Learn how to combine your knowledge of communication and the arts with teaching skills in this double degree, where you can specialise in two teaching areas such as English, geography, history, drama, biology, chemistry or mathematics.

You’ll study how to plan lessons, assess students, and manage a classroom of students in Years 7-12. You will have the opportunity to travel to rural and remote areas for a teaching placement and learn to teach a diverse range of students in varied educational settings.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to plan lessons, assess students, and manage a classroom
  • Link theory and practice through 80 days of supervised professional experience in Queensland schools
  • Engage with community projects through 30 days wider field experience with children, families and communities
  • Be provided the opportunity to experience different school settings and learners by taking a trip to rural and remote areas
Prior to entry, students will need to:
  • Complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for teaching
  • Submit a 600-1,000-word personal statement on why you would make a great teacher
  • Obtain a Blue Card before starting supervised professional experience
External requirement:
  • Complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education
Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Queensland College of Teachers
Career opportunities:
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Community education centres
  • Private college teacher
  • Universities
  • Private practice tutor
  • Education consultant
  • Education exhibition organiser
  • Education policy analyst
  • Children’s television presenter
  • Youth support worker
  • Teacher of English overseas

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What will I study

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and a recommended study sequence.

Program structure

Required courses (13) 156 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU114 Professional Experience: Orientation to the Profession
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU328 Professional Experience: Managing Learning Environments
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU411 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher
EDU417 Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum
EDU419 Professional Experience: Individual Learner Needs
EDU420 The Psychology of Learning
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Required curriculum and pedagogy courses from (4) 48 units

Select 4 curriculum and pedagogy courses (48 units) associated with your teaching areas (major and minor courses) from:

EDU337 Teaching Junior Secondary Arts
EDU338 Teaching Senior Secondary Arts
EDU347 Teaching Junior Secondary English
EDU348 Teaching Senior Secondary English
EDU352 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 1
EDU353 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1
EDU356 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU357 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU358 Teaching Junior Secondary History
EDU359 Teaching Senior Secondary History
EDU363 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU364 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics

Major courses (8) 96 units

Theatre and Performance**

** Note: Students completing a major in Theatre and Performance are required to complete CMN312 Industry Internship 1: Communication, Creativity and Design

Minor courses (4) 48 units

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Theatre and Performance
Mathematical Sciences

Discipline specific courses relating to chosen minor from (2) 24 units:

Students undertaking Biological Sciences, or Chemical Sciences minors, or a combined Theatre and Performance major and English minor will be required to select 3 discipline specific courses (36 units)

Biological Sciences (3) 36 units:

Students must complete the Biological Sciences minor plus all 3 (36 units) of the following courses:
LFS100 Cell Biology*
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology
SCI105 Chemistry

*Students commencing 2019 are to replace LFS100 with LFS103 for 2019 only. Please refer to Curriculum Changes on Blackboard.

Chemical Sciences (3) 36 units:

Students must complete the Chemical Sciences minor plus all 3 (36 units) of the following courses:
CHM202 Organic Chemistry
LFS100 Cell Biology*
SCI105 Chemistry

*Students commencing 2019 are to replace LFS100 with LFS103 for 2019 only. Please refer to Curriculum Changes on Blackboard.

Theatre and Performance (2) 24 units

Students must complete the Theatre and Performance minor plus 2 (24 units) of the following courses:
DRA301 Devising Performance***
DRA204 Theatre Production***
OR select 1 course (12 units) from:
DRA206 Acting 2: Contemporary Shakespeare
EGL205 Imagined Homelands: An Exploration of Australian Literature

*** Note: Students completing an English major must select DRA204 Theatre Production and DRA301 Devising Performance

English (2) 24 units:

Students must complete the English minor plus 2 (24 units) of the following courses, or all 3 (36 units) of the following courses if combined with a Theatre and Performance major:
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
EDU307 The English Language
EGL206 Reading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing

Geography (2) 24 units:

Students must complete the Geography minor plus 2 (24 units) of the following courses:
GEO100 Changing Planet Earth
ENP236 Regions, Change and Sustainability
ENP245 Landscapes, Place and People
ENP255 Urbanism and Urban Design
ENS242 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ENS253 An Introduction to Geographic Information Science and Technology
ENS254 Earth Observation: Remote Sensing and Surveying
ENS353 Applied Geospatial Analysis
GEO201 Hydrology and Geomorphology
GEO302 Coastal Geomorphology
GEO310 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
GEO340 Historical Geographies
GEO350 Animals and Society 

History (2) 24 units:

Students must complete the History minor plus 2 (24 units) of the following courses:
HIS200 Heritage: Australian and Global Contexts
HIS201 The uses and abuses of history
HIS210 Explorations in Environmental History
HIS240 Nationalism and Identity in the 20th Century: Themes and Tensions
HIS320 Research Project in History
GEO340 Historical Geographies

Mathematical Sciences (2) 24 units:

Students must complete the Mathematical Sciences minor plus the following 2 courses (24 units):
MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus

Elective course (1) 12 units*

Select 1 elective course (12 units) from the undergraduate elective course options.
* Students undertaking Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences minors will not be required to select an elective as they undertake an additional discipline specific course

Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.

Total units: 384

Recommended study sequence

This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 384 units as outlined in the Program Structure
  • Complete no more than 15 introductory level (100 coded)courses (180 units), including the core course
  • Complete a minimum of  80 days Supervised Professional Experience, completed as full-time blocks and complete 75 hours of Wider Field Experience
  • Successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education students. For more information on this Government initiative please visit the Students First website. Further information on the test, including sample test questions and registration information, please visit the Australian Council of Educational Research website.
  • You must select and register your compulsory major(s)/minor(s) as soon as possible
In order to commence Supervised Professional Experience placement you must:
  • Obtain a Blue Card (or link your existing Blue Card to USC) prior to commencing supervised professional experience. Applications should be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the SPE start date. View the Blue Card Fact Sheet for further information.
  • Complete PrePlace and a Student Placement Agreement (further information will be provided by the placement office upon enrolment)
  • Be willing to travel to attend supervised professional experience placements
  • Visit Education - Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) for more information regarding requirements for placements
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the education (EDU) coded courses and SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Arts
  • Each course must count towards one discipline area only. They cannot be used to count towards both teaching discipline areas
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students 

Apply via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) — Use the relevant QTAC code specified on Why study this program?


The below applicants can apply online directly to USC:

  • Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student currently enrolled in, or have had an enrolment in the previous two years
  • USC students who have completed an undergraduate program within the last two years, or are due to complete their program prior to their proposed semester of commencement
  • USC / TAFE Articulation program students
  • USC students who are currently enrolled in one program and want to study another program concurrently
  • Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

How to enrol

New to USC?

Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps to Get Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in the correct courses (subjects).

Continuing students

Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.

To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

Need assistance?

View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.

Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.

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