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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BSED)
CRICOS: 0100827

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • On-campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 4 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) overview

  • Are you looking for a degree that gives you flexibility, industry engagement, professional development and expert content knowledge? Our Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is for you.
  • UniSQ’s Bachelor of Secondary Education is designed to prepare graduates who are confident to teach a diverse range of students from Years 7 to 12, in a variety of contexts.
  • Your degree will prepare you to teach into a minimum of two subject areas, with over 20 different teaching areas from which to choose. Having two teaching areas makes you a flexible and desirable educator in the secondary school environment.
  • Our major and minor subject areas have been explicitly aligned with Queensland’s new senior subject offerings to ensure you gain a competitive edge as you prepare to begin your career in education and teaching.     
  • A key feature of the Bachelor of Secondary Education is the opportunity to complete your professional experience at a variety of locations including rural, remote and international placements. With over 800 placement partners, your placements may include a mixture of mainstream classroom settings as well as opportunities to engage in alternative educational settings.
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. To be eligible for registration in Queensland, both domestic and international students must have at least 51% of supervised professional experience in Australian schools.
  • 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 students 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 graduate, you will have the skills and experience required to teach students in Years 7 to 12 in two teaching areas. Not sure if you want to work in the country or the city? In Australia or overseas? Teaching offers a lot of flexibility and diversity, with graduates gaining employment in settings such as hospital schools, international schools and flexi school delivery, as well as more traditional classroom settings.
  • 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

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C); General Maths, Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Maths (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program, using the drop down list below.
  • You will be required to submit a 1000-word 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: Within this degree, you need to be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements.

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this degree. If your country is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. 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

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 32 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Option 1

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 18
2 x major teaching areas (7-unit major)  14
incl. 80 days of supervised placement and 20 days of unsupervised placement
Total 32

Option 2

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 18
1 x major teaching area (7-unit major)  7
1 x minor teaching area (5-unit minor) 5
2 x electives/approved courses from a special interest area 2
incl. 80 days of supervised placement and 20 days of unsupervised placement
Total 32

Option 3

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 18
1 x extended major teaching area (9-unit major)  9
1 x minor teaching area (5-unit minor) 5
incl. 80 days of supervised placement and 20 days of unsupervised placement
Total 32

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

Note: Not all teaching areas are available entirely via online/external study. Not all teaching areas are made available every year in on-campus mode at UniSQ Toowoomba and UniSQ Springfield.

Teaching areas to choose from

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Drama
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • History
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion and Ethics - subject to final University approval
  • Visual Art

Queensland students may also like to refer to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) website for guidance in choosing sought after teaching areas.

Professional experience

You will also need to complete 80 days of professional experience to gain valuable skills and experience in secondary classrooms. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice. A minimum of 51 days of professional experience must be undertaken in Australian schools.

All students must be able to meet the 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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

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

AUD 26320

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

AUD 26320

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2023. 

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.


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

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

CRICOS: 0100827

The University accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2023 starts on Monday 20 February, 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 starts on Monday 10 July, 2023.

The University accepts applications all year. The start dates for Trimesters are:

  • Trimester 1, 2024 study period starts on 22 January 2024.
  • Trimester 2, 2024 study period starts on 13 May 2024.
  • Trimester 3, 2024 study period starts on 2 September 2024.

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