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Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

  • Be prepared to teach in the classrooms of today and the future
  • Develop your capabilities in digital technologies, entrepreneurial thinking, creativity, innovation and resilience
  • Choose a specialisation in literacy, numeracy or science
  • Gain extensive classroom experience through Professional Experience placements organised by QUT.
QTAC course code404202 February; 403202 July
QUT course code ED49
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2019 February, July
Note: Admission in July is with suitable advanced standing (credit) only. This course is available in July (in 2019) but not in July (2018).

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 080480E
  • Community Education Officer
  • Deputy principal
  • Educator
  • Head of department
  • Primary School Teacher
  • School principal
  • Trainer


Primary teaching is a stimulating and rewarding career. As a primary school teacher, you will provide the foundation for lifelong learning in young minds.

Why choose this course?

The course will prepare you to create learning experiences that will encourage, challenge, support and extend all learners. You will develop your own creative approaches to respond to the diverse needs of your students.

You’ll be qualified to teach primary subjects in the Australian Curriculum and other frameworks.

QUT will ensure you can step into the classroom with confidence and continue to adapt to ongoing workforce changes and future opportunities. Teachers play a key role in preparing the next generation for the workforce of the future. Some key inclusions in the course are:

  • a deep understanding of child and adolescent development
  • curriculum and pedagogy knowledges and practices
  • creating positive learning environments
  • inclusion and diversity
  • building positive relationships with parents, carers, communities, and education stakeholders
  • digital technologies
  • entrepreneurial thinking and leadership
  • innovation and creativity
  • evaluation and assessment
  • developing your professional identity
  • global perspectives
  • resilience.

Flexible delivery

Choose the part-time or full-time course to suit your circumstances and lifestyle. You can study on campus or online, depending on your preferred learning style.

Part-time on-campus students should note that daytime attendance is required. Some lectures and tutorials may have evening sessions.

If you enter the course with advanced standing you should seek advice on your course progression and the availability of units.

Real-world learning

Professional Experience

QUT organises Professional Experience placements to give you the opportunity to work in a range of real school classrooms and other settings, supervised by practising professional educators.

These experiences help you to develop your capabilities as you progress through the course. You can test your teaching techniques in a structured and supported environment.

You can complete your Professional Experience in a variety of locations including South-East Queensland, rural and remote schools, and overseas.

You will be required to undertake the majority of your supervised Professional Experience in Australian school settings. You can select from a range of experiences to align with your interests and career goals.

More real-world experience

You may also have the opportunity to gain extra experience through other programs offered by QUT including the Kelvin Grove Teacher Education Centre of Excellence and the Robotics@QUT program.

QUT offers opportunities to gain valuable experience overseas. These diverse cultural experiences can enhance your personal development and cultural competence, and show employers that you can deal with change and have initiative, commitment, flexibility, and compassion. You can apply for opportunities to travel overseas for semester exchange or short-term international programs offered in conjunction with our global partners. You may be eligible to receive credit for your experience and funding towards your travel.

Learn from the best

You’ll learn from inspiring and innovative lecturers who are committed to providing a quality experience for the teachers of the future. Our lecturers have real-world experience and have a wealth of knowledge and advice to set you on the right path.

We’ve been recognised among the nation’s most outstanding teaching and learning programs. In the past 8 years, QUT’s Faculty of Education has received eight Australian awards or citations for university teaching.

Real-world facilities

The new $76.7 million Education Precinct to be completed in 2018, is located at the heart of the Kelvin Grove campus and will provide excellent facilities for collaborative and innovative teaching and learning. Students will be able to take advantage of the imaginatively designed face to face and online interactive teaching spaces.

Customise your degree

You will undertake a primary specialisation as required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. This will enhance your skills in national areas of priority for a primary school setting. You can choose from:

  • maths/numeracy
  • science
  • English/literacy.

In the third year of the course you can choose two option units in areas that you are interested in.

Career outcomes

You will be prepared to teach Prep to Year 6 in a primary school. Your qualification can also allow you to work across Australia and overseas.

Teachers develop a range of skills, knowledges and practices as a result of their own unique combination of work experiences and personal qualities. You will be empowered to shape your own career path and explore the many ways to make an impact. You can explore careers outside the classroom, including:

  • education policy and program implementation
  • training and development roles in private and public organisations
  • education and outreach roles
  • developing products for the education services industry
  • learning designer
  • entertainment industry roles
  • consultancy
  • education research.

Professional recognition

This updated course is currently undergoing re-accreditation with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, and the Queensland College of Teachers. Please check this page for the latest updates.

Advanced standing

If you intend to apply for advanced standing you can view more information and find out how to apply.  If you enter the course with advanced standing you should seek advice on your course progression and the availability of units.

Mid-year offers

If you receive a mid-year QTAC offer, that offer decision does not determine which units you are eligible for, and you will need to apply for advanced standing within ten days on receiving your QTAC offer.

Blue card

Student teachers must undergo a criminal history check prior to undertaking professional experience in a school or centre, or undertaking activities in any unit which may involve contact with children or young people (under 18 years).
For Queensland and international placements a blue card must be obtained. In other Australian states and territories you must fulfil the local requirements for working with children. As a QUT student, you can apply for a blue card through QUT for free. Submit your blue card application to HiQ as soon as you've received your offer.

Literacy and numeracy

You will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from the course. The test will assess your personal literacy and numeracy skills. QUT provides you with one reimbursement to cover the cost of the test.

For more information view additional course requirements.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set


You must have completed four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA) in:

  • English; and
  • at least one of Maths A, B or C; and
  • at least one of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Marine Science, Marine Studies, Physics or Science21.

Additional entry requirements

A statement addressing suitability criteria. Information on the selection guideline including the process for assessing an applicant's non-academic capabilities is available from the QTAC initial teacher education webpage.

Mid-year entry

Mid-year entry is only available for applicants with a minimum of 24 credit points of advanced standing from core or elective units in the course.


Haven't completed the prerequisite subjects?

You may be able to meet the prerequisite requirements if you've completed equivalent subjects or by completing bridging courses.

How to meet prerequisite requirements

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1–5 or equivalent, and meet the course prerequisites, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $6,600 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Primary)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (404202 February; 403202 July) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Apply now

After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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