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The Dual degree of Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four-year program (full-time) for intending secondary school teachers. Students combine studies in Science or Mathematics with both theoretical and practical aspects of education. In the final two years of the program, students develop skills in classroom competence and spend 80 days on supervised teaching practice in allocated secondary schools.


Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit



Bachelor of Science - BSc

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) - BEd (Secondary)

UAC Code




Stand Alone Programs

Click on the link below to find out more about each individual program.

Double Degree Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (96 UOC)
1. Education Core (66 UOC)
2. Prescribed Education method electives (24 UOC)
3. Prescribed Education electives (6 UOC)

Bachelor of Science (96 UOC)
1. An approved Bachelor of Science major; and
2. Science elective courses

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3970 - Science

Majors description.

Students must complete at least one Science major selected from the list below. Students should declare their major prior to commencing Stage 2 courses.

1. Students in 4076 Science/Education can only choose from the following majors: Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Geography, Mathematics for Education, Pathology, Physics, Physiology. All other majors in 3970 are not permitted.
2.Students are not permitted to take the Bioinformatics major BINFB1 when taking the degree in dual award mode with the Bachelor of Engineering (Bioinformatics) program.

Level 3 Core Courses

4056 - Education (Secondary)

Level 3 Core Courses description.

You must take 18 UOC of the following courses:

Level 4 Core Courses

4056 - Education (Secondary)

Level 4 Core Courses description.

You must take 18 UOC of the following courses.

Please note that EDST6765 cannot be studied concurrently with another course.

Prescribed Education Methods

4056 - Education (Secondary)

Prescribed Education Methods description.

You must take four single method courses in two areas of specialisation (24 UOC), taking 12 UOC per term. The specialisations are:

4076 Sci/Ed (Sec) - Science, Physics, Earth & Environmental Science, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry/Biology, Mathematics, Extension Mathematics

4064 Media Arts/Ed (Sec) - Graphics & Multimedia Technology, Visual Arts

4063 Fine Arts/Ed (Sec) & 4066 Design/Ed (Sec) - Graphics & Multimedia Technology, Visual Arts, Extension Visual Arts

3462 Comm/Ed (Sec) & 4058 Econ/Ed (Sec) - Business Studies, Economics

Education Methods and Science Major Requirements

4076 - Science / Education (Secondary)

The Prescribed Education Methods comprise Science Education Method 1 and 2 and your major specialisation Method 1 and 2 in one of the following: Physics, Earth and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Chemistry/Biology or Geography


Mathematics Education Method 1 and 2 and Extension Mathematics Method 1 and 2.

To become a Mathematics Teacher you must enrol in the Mathematics for Education major and not the standard Mathematics major.

If you choose the Geography major (GEOGG1), you will be accredited by NESA to teach Science Years 7-12 by taking Science Methods 1 and 2. You will have the choice of teaching either Geography Years 7-12 or senior Earth and Environmental Science as your second first teaching specialisation. If you choose to teach Geography, you will need to take Geography Method 1 and 2. If you choose to teach senior Earth and Environmental Science, then you will need to take EES Method 1 and 2.

Double Counting

3970 - Science

Students cannot complete a minor with the same name as their nominated major, and Level II and III courses cannot be double-counted between majors and minors. More than one minor may be completed subject to the limit on double-counting. Students must declare their minor(s) before their final term.

Eligibility Requirements for Professional Experience

4056 - Education (Secondary)

The following programs require students to follow prescribed program plans in order to meet eligibility requirements for professional experience: 3462 Commerce/Education, 4076 Science/Education, 4058 Economics/Education, 3446 Music/Education, 4063 Fine Arts/Education, 4064 Design/Education, 4066 Media Arts/Education. Refer to the relevant Sample Program.

Sample Double Degree(s)

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Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Additional Information

Not all of the majors in the Bachelor of Science are available to students in the BSc/BEd program.

Further Information

Contact the UNSW Arts and Social Sciences Student Services

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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