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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, leadership, innovation and resilience
  • Select two teaching areas for specialisation
  • Gain extensive classroom experience through professional experience placements organised by QUT.
QTAC course code404492
QUT course code ED59
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Start month 2019 February

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

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Course contact
CRICOS code 080477M
  • Community Education Officer
  • Deputy principal
  • Educator
  • Head of department
  • School principal
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Trainer


As a secondary teacher, you can contribute to the development and further the growth of young adults, and share your passion for your chosen teaching areas.

Why choose this course?

You will be a qualified specialist in your teaching areas and learn to effectively teach 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.

Your teaching options

Choose two teaching areas from this list to give you a broad background and to maximise your employment opportunities. If you can’t decide, the best advice is to follow your passion and select senior subjects you enjoyed at school.

You can take any combination of two teaching areas, except for the following:

  • Mathematics and Mathematics Extension
  • Two science areas, including Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Science.


Biology teachers have the opportunity to appeal to students’ curiosity about nature. You can teach students how the natural world works, and how to grow and protect it.


Chemistry teachers play a central role in developing students’ scientific literacy as chemistry is the enabling science fundamental to many other scientific disciplines including biotechnology, environmental science, geosciences, materials science and food science.

Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and environmental science teachers help students to become active citizens who understand that the Earth is an amazing place. You can help them understand the natural processes acting in and upon our planet, and its history, along with providing in-depth knowledge of the mechanisms, natural processes and human impacts that shape environmental systems.


The English teaching area prepares future English teachers to creatively and competently put into practice the knowledge of the English discipline, which covers literature, screen and media studies, and language. As an English teacher you will assist students in becoming multiliterate citizens and creative thinkers, writers, speakers and shapers.


Geography fosters students’ sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures and environments. As a geography teacher you can help students become informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of a socially just and environmentally and economically sustainable world.

Health and Physical Education

Healthy, active living benefits individuals and societies in many ways. As a teacher of health and physical education you have the opportunity to work with students to enhance their own and others’ health, wellbeing and physical activity participation in a range of varied and changing contexts.


Studying history teaches students critical inquiry skills. History teachers lead students to actively investigate the past and ask meaningful questions. You will learn to present sources as evidence and guide students in their investigation, analysis and interpretation of the past so they can become informed citizens.

Mathematics *

Mathematics teachers play a central role in developing students’ essential scientific and numeracy capabilities. Students develop fundamental skills across number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Mathematics teachers have the opportunity to prepare students for learning in a range of disciplines and provide them with the skills they will need in their personal life and career.

Mathematics Extension *^

Mathematics extension teachers can engage and extend advanced learners to help them develop thorough and rigorous skills, which can be applied to a range of other disciplines.


Physics teachers play a central role in developing students’ scientific literacy. Physics deals with the natural laws and processes, and the states and properties of matter, energy, space and time. You will help students to understand physics and the roles it has played in recent advances in information technology, medicine and biotechnology, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and relativity.

* The mathematics teaching area assumes sound achievement in at least Mathematics A (or equivalent).  The mathematics extension teaching area assumes sound achievement in Mathematics B and/or Mathematics C (or equivalent).

^This teaching area is subject to approval.

Flexible delivery

Choose the part-time or full-time course to suit your circumstances and lifestyle.  Part-time students should note that daytime attendance is required. Some lectures and tutorials may have evening sessions.

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

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

Career outcomes

Graduates will have a solid foundation of knowledge to teach in secondary schools. Your career will be guided by, but not limited to, your chosen teaching areas. 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.

Double degrees

A double degree with secondary education can deepen your specialisation, and allow you to expand your career opportunities. You can combine secondary education with:

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 (credit) you can view more information and find out how to apply.

Course requirements

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.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

The course structure for 2019 is currently under review and expected to be finalised by late July 2018, subject to approval.

You'll select two teaching areas from:

  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Extension
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics

You can take any combination of two teaching areas, except for the following:

  • Mathematics and Mathematics Extension
  • Two science areas, including Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Science. 

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.

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.

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 $7,100 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 (Secondary)

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 (404492) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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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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