Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Science


Program summary

Dr Margaret Marshman
Program coordinator

Dr Margaret Marshman

Inspire a new generation to discover science.

Specialist science and maths teachers are in demand across Australia. This double degree lets you combine your passion for science with five-star teaching skills, qualifying you to teach students in Years 7-12. Specialise in two teaching areas such as biology, chemistry, mathematics or geography and learn how to plan lessons, assess students, and manage a classroom of students. You will have the opportunity 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 commencing, students will need to:

As part of your application, you are required to complete an online questionnaire to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the program and profession. In the questionnaire, you will be asked to rank a series of statements in order of what you think is most to least important. You will also need to write a 600-1000 word personal statement on why you think you would make a great teacher, and why influencing the future appeals to you.

After you have submitted an application for this program, you will be contacted with further information about the written statement and how to complete your application.

More information is on the QTAC website.

Post-admission requirements

Students complete 80 days of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE), completed as full-time blocks, and 15 days of Wider Field Experience. The majority of Supervised Professional Experience must be completed in Queensland schools. Students 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. Blue Cards are free-of-charge for Education students when applying through the School of Education at USC.

Students will also need to 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.

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
Graduates are eligible to become members of:
  • Queensland College of Teachers

Application and admission advice

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Contact Student Central
+61 7 5430 2890
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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 (14) 168 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
SCI113 Discovering Science
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Required curriculum and pedagogy courses (4) 48 units

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

EDU352 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 1
EDU353 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 1
EDU354 Teaching Junior Secondary Science 2
EDU355 Teaching Senior Secondary Science 2
EDU356 Teaching Junior Secondary Geography
EDU357 Teaching Senior Secondary Geography
EDU363 Teaching Junior Secondary Mathematics
EDU364 Teaching Senior Secondary Mathematics

Major courses (8) 96 units

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Mathematical Sciences

Minor courses (4) 48 units*

Biological Sciences
Chemical Sciences
Geographical Sciences
Mathematical Sciences

* Note: Students must undertake a minor from a different discipline area to their major

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

Select 2 discipline specific courses (24 units) from:

Biological Sciences

LFS100 Cell Biology*
SCI102 Biodiversity and Ecology

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

Chemical Sciences

CHM202 Organic Chemistry
SCI105 Chemistry

Geographical Sciences

GEO100 Changing Planet Earth
GEO201 Hydrology and Geomorphology

Mathematical Sciences

MTH103 Introduction to Applied Mathematics
MTH104 Introductory Calculus

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
  • 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 (SPE) 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 on requirements for placement.
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 Science
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations
  • As part of your USC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • 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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