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Graduate Certificate of Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching (GCSP) - GradCertScTeach

This program is only offered to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this area of study should contact us.

Start:Semester 2 (July)
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Standard duration:0.5 year full-time 
Program articulation:

To: ; Graduate Diploma of Science


In 2023 the program follows the Semester calendar. The Academic Calendar and Important Dates webpage will allow you to view and download a copy of the important dates for the Semester calendar.

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Program aims

This program provides foundation knowledge in a range of science topics suitable for teachers wanting to improve their understanding of sciences related to the Australian Curriculum. This program alone does not meet eligibility for teacher registration and therefore should only be taken by students who have already completed an initial teacher education program.

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Program objectives

On completion of this program graduates should be able to:

  • Understand a body of specialised knowledge in a discipline of science

  • Apply established theories to a body of specialised knowledge or practice in a relevant science discipline

  • Critically analyse and reflect on complex information, problems, concepts and theories applicable to a relevant science discipline

  • Interpret and transmit specialised knowledge, skills and ideas, both individually and collaboratively, to a range of audiences

  • Display autonomy, responsibility, adaptability and ethical practise in decision-making and engage in lifelong learning through critical reflection in a range of professional and cultural contexts.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university three-year bachelor degree in any area, or equivalent.


    equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption Procedure.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

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Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching consists of four units of study which are all available in the online study mode.

REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures

BIO8201 Biology Foundations

Select two courses from:

REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use

SCI1901 Science Fundamentals

PHY1107 Astronomy 2

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 3 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

For information technology requirements please refer to the minimum computing standards.

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A student successfully completing all courses in the Graduate Certificate of Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching will receive full credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Science in the General Specialisation. Students intending to continue with the Graduate Diploma must apply for separate admission and may EITHER Graduate with a Graduate Certificate and receive full credit as exemptions into the Graduate Diploma, OR choose not to graduate with the Graduate Certificate, in order to transfer their grades, maintain their GPA and articulate into the Graduate Diploma and ultimately qualify from this higher award only. Students who wish to transfer their grades and maintain their GPA into the Graduate Diploma, must advise the Faculty in writing ( of their intention to articulate and this must occur prior to completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science for Primary/Middle School Teaching.

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Exemptions/credit will be assessed based on the Credit and Exemption Procedure

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedEnrolment requirements

Two core courses:

REN8202 Conservation for Sustainable Futures12Enrolment is not permitted in REN8202 if REN2200 has been previously completed.
BIO8201 Biology Foundations12

Select two of the following courses:

     REN3302 Sustainable Resource Use12
     SCI1901 Science Fundamentals11,2
     PHY1107 Astronomy 212