Bachelor of Primary Education

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Bachelor of Primary Education


Program summary

Dr Sharon Louth
Program coordinator

Dr Sharon Louth

Work with young children to help them learn and grow.

Our program is designed to qualify you to work as a primary school classroom teacher (Prep-Year 6). You’ll learn how children learn, how to plan, teach and assess, and integrate ICT in your teaching.

You will develop curriculum knowledge in English, mathematics, science, technology, arts, health and physical education, history, and geography. From your first year, you’ll complete 90 days of Supervised Professional Experience in local schools, and rural and remote settings if desired.

You will develop a curriculum focus in either Science or English/Literacy through undertaking elective courses in this field and completing specialised assessments. Current education priorities focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and English/Literacy capabilities. As a teacher with a focus in Science or English/Literacy you will bring specialised knowledge for teaching and engaging children in these two priority courses into the primary school.

You will develop valuable skills and experiences through participation in Wider Field Experiences where you engage with community projects and work with children, families and communities. During your studies, you can attend professional development seminars to enhance your knowledge and skills in areas such as classroom management and preparation for a successful first year of teaching.

You also have the opportunity to take a 6-day trip to rural and remote areas, experiencing different school settings and a wide range of learners and allowing you to make more informed decisions about your career.

With such solid grounding, USC Primary Education graduates are in demand and experience a high level of employment. According to QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), 85.7% of USC teacher education graduates are full-time employed – one of the highest rankings of all Australian public universities. Our program has been developed in partnership with leading educational bodies, and as you graduate you’ll be eligible to register with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

If your heart is set on a career as a primary teacher but you don’t satisfy the new Science prerequisite for entry into the program, you can study a science course over one semester through our Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

If you’ve already completed a non-education Bachelor’s degree, consider our Master of Teaching (Primary).

Personal statement requirement

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 must complete 90 days of Supervised Professional Experience (SPE), completed as full-time blocks as program approved. Students must also complete 75 hours of Wider Field Experience. Students must obtain a Blue Card (or link their 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

Primary school teacher, private practice tutor, education consultant, community education centre leader, College/University lecturer, zoo education officer, education exhibition organiser, Education Policy Analyst, children’s television presenter, youth support worker, teacher of English overseas, children’s advocate leader.


Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Application and admission advice

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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

Introductory courses (6) 72 units

COR109 Communication and Thought
EDU101 Human Development and Learning
EDU103 Integrating ICT into Learning
EDU104 Foundations of Literacy and Numeracy
EDU105 Professional Experience: The role of the teacher
EDU106 Professional Experience: Connecting with Learning and Teaching

Developing and Graduate courses (24) 288 units

EDU202 Individual Learner Needs
EDU204 Teaching Technologies: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDU205 Professional Experience: Facilitating the Learning Environment
EDU209 Teaching Mathematics in the Early Years
EDU212 Teaching Science in the Early Years
EDU213 Teaching English: Curriculum and Pedagogy
EDU214 Teaching Arts in the Early Years
EDU216 Teaching HPE in the Early Years
EDU300 Assessing Learning
EDU308 Professional Experience: Differentiated Practice
EDU309 Teaching Science in Primary Schools
EDU316 Teaching HASS in Primary School
EDU317 Teaching HPE in Primary School
EDU340 Teaching Reading and Writing
EDU349 Teaching Arts in the Primary School
EDU400 Teaching Primary School Mathematics
EDU401 Teacher as Global Practitioner
EDU410 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives in Learning and Teaching
EDU411 Professional Experience: The Professional Teacher
EDU412 Diversity and Inclusion
EDU413 Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Languages
EDU415 Teacher as Researcher
EDU421 Using Data for Learning
SCS203 Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

Subject Focus courses (2) 24 units

Select Option 1 or Option 2 

Option 1 (English)

CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
EDU361 Teaching English: Language, Literature and Literacy

Option 2 (Science)

Select 1 course from:
ENS103 Earth's Surface Processes
OES104 Learning in Australian Landscapes*
SCI113 Discovering Science
EDU374 Teaching Science: The Sky is the Limit

*completion of OES104 requires 5 full days of practical field work

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:

To commence supervised professional experience (SPE) 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
  • Cross-institutional study is not permitted for the Bachelor of Primary Education 
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Study Overseas Program is not available to Primary Education students
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Students can choose between English or Science subject focus courses in Years 2 and 3 of their program
  • Only the English subject focus courses will be offered at Caboolture and Gympie
  • Students completing OES104 will be required to complete 5 full days of practical field work

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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