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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (BPED)

Entry requirements
ATAR 66.00
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May

Bachelor of Education (Primary) overview

  • Are you looking for a degree that gives you flexibility, industry engagement, professional development, expert knowledge and practice?
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) is designed to prepare graduates who are confident to teach primary school students in a variety of contexts across all learning areas.
  • Learn from industry professionals and academics to develop sound knowledge of subject-matter, preparing you to be able to teach within the arts, technologies, humanities, maths, English, health and physical education, or science. Develop invaluable transferable skills including collaboration, organisation, adaptability, communication, empathy and patience.
  • Complete your professional experience in P-6 classrooms at a variety of locations, including rural, remote and international placements. Your placements may include a mixture of mainstream classroom settings as well as opportunities to engage in alternative educational settings. These experiences will help to make you a well-rounded and highly employable graduate. 
  • Fit study into your life from anywhere in Australia and around the world by studying your bachelor of primary education online. As an online student, you’ll receive the same level of support as an on-campus student and you’re in control when, where and how you learn.
Thinking of studying in 2024? UniSQ will be delivering flexible new ways of teaching, with different calendar offerings, making the balance of study and life easier. Read more in our new academic calendar FAQs.

Professional accreditation

  • As a graduate, you are eligible to apply for registration as a teacher through the Queensland College of Teachers. For registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students are required to attend the majority of placements in settings within Australia.      
  • In addition to completing all requirements for the degree, students need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. It's recommended that you pass the LANTITE before the successful completion of 16 courses. Please register for the LANTITE test through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

Career outcomes

  • As a registered teacher, you will have the skills and experience required to teach students in P-6 classrooms. You will have many opportunities to work in metropolitan, rural and remote and international schools.
  • Teaching offers a lot of flexibility and diversity, with graduates gaining employment in settings such as hospital schools and international schools.
  • Teaching skills are also in demand in other areas, including roles with human services, community-based government organisations and recreation and tourism industries.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 66.00 66.35


  • Subject pre-requisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths (Units 3 & 4, C); Year 12 science subject (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent. 
  • A statement addressing suitability criteria. For information on selection guidelines, including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities, please see the selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses

Note: You must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

UniSQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average Ranks for this degrees' student cohort from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet UniSQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires one or more of the following criteria: a minimum of IELTS 8.0, or equivalent, for speaking and listening, IELTS 7.0 for reading and writing, or an average band score of 7.5 across all four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.


If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 31
1 x Primary curriculum specialisation course 1
incl. 80 days of supervised placement
Total 32

Refer to the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

You will also need to complete 80 days of professional experience to gain valuable skills in primary classrooms. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

To support you throughout your professional experience, there are many opportunities to receive financial support and scholarships. Learn more about the available support.

All students must be able to meet professional requirements expected of teachers within this degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 4445
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 24000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2024. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.


At UniSQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with UniSQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to UniSQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 908175
Springfield 928171
Toowoomba 908171

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check our application closing dates.

Apply directly to UniSQ

You may be able to apply directly to UniSQ if you:

  • are a current or previous UniSQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.


You can select to start your study in Trimester 1 or 2.

Study period  Application closing date Orientation  Study period start date Finish date
Trimester 1, 2024  Monday 22 January Monday 15 January Monday 22 January Friday 26 April 
Trimester 2, 2024 Monday 13 May Monday 6 May Monday 13 May  Friday 16 August

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at UniSQ that is relevant to you.

Got questions?


Begin your study journey today with the university rated 5/5 stars for graduates starting salaries* and start the degree that’s right for you.

*Good Universities Guide 2024

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Why study a Bachelor of Education (Primary)?

Primary school teaching is an incredibly rewarding career. When you educate children, you can see the positive effects on a daily basis in how they progress and know that you are making an impact on their lives and education.

Be a part of shaping future generations and help children develop the social, behavioural and intellectual skills they need in society. 

It’s a stable career choice that provides job opportunities and skills you can take interstate as well as overseas.

What can you do with a primary education degree?

As a primary education graduate, you’ll gain the skills to teach children in Prep (aged 4-5) to Year 6 (aged 11-12) in private or public schools.

If you don’t wish to work directly in the classroom, you can find work as a private tutor, in learning support roles in higher education institutions, such as TAFE colleges or universities, roles in community youth work, or as an academic advisor.

Whether you want to stay in the classroom or progress into leadership or educational roles, teach across Queensland and the world, you can continue to build on your skills throughout your education and teaching career. 

What years will I be able to teach?

Graduates from a Bachelor of Teaching Primary or Bachelor of Education Primary in Queensland are trained to teach students from Prep to Year 6.

What are the entry requirements for a Bachelor of Education (Primary)?

The requirement to get into a Bachelor of Education Primary is a minimum ATAR and subject pre-requisites in English, maths and a Year 12 science subject. You’ll also need to submit written statements addressing your suitability and motivation to becoming a teacher.

We also offer pathways to become a primary school teacher if you don’t meet these entry requirements.

For further information on ATAR, pre-requisites and pathways, please view the entry requirements section of this page for details.

How long does it take?

Most Bachelor of Primary Education degrees take four years to finish if you study full-time, with four subjects per semester. If you study part-time with two courses per semester, it will take longer than four years to finish.

Are flexible study options available?

We offer a variety of flexible study options to ensure your study is practical for your career and for you. Regardless of how you choose to study, you’ll experience the same level of support and opportunities to connect with others. Discover more about the different ways to study at UniSQ.

Can I complete it online?

Yes! The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is available to study completely online except for the placement courses and practical experience you’ll undertake in school settings. 

How much does a Bachelor of Education (Primary) cost in Australia?

The cost of a Bachelor of Education (Primary) in Australia will vary depending on the education provider you choose.

When you study with us, the first year of your studies will cost approximately AUD 4000 (Commonwealth supported place) not including:

  • Student services and amenities fees
  • Professional experience costs.

Please view the fees and scholarships section of this page for details.

Why study with UniSQ?

Inspire the next generation and help set young children on the path of success, all while gaining a valuable education for yourself you can utilise in a multitude of industries.

  • UniSQ has over 800 placement partners supporting pre-service teachers across Queensland, interstate and overseas to ensure you’ll get well prepared for the classroom with quality professional experience.
  • We model the latest teaching approaches and innovative communication technologies to ensure maximum support for students in face-to-face and blended learning modes. 
  • UniSQ is rated five out of five stars for Education and Training graduates in full-time employment (Good Universities Guide, 2023).