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  • As a primary school teacher, you will provide the foundation for lifelong learning in young minds.
  • Check the entry requirements for the course to make sure you are ready to study. 
  • If you already hold a degree in an area other than education, a graduate entry program may be suitable for you.
QTAC course code 404202 February; 403202 July
QUT course code ED49
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July
Note: Admission in July is with suitable advanced standing (credit) only.
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
Enquiries Ask a question about this course
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. You will help students develop thinking, learning and problem-solving skills.

Why choose this course?

With our Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree, you will study all key learning areas under the guidance of academics skilled in the relevant fields of education. The program will prepare you to teach across Prep to Year 6. The course is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and experience to manage learning programs for students and to cater to the specific needs of a range of students.

You will learn important skills and gain key knowledge including curriculum content, teaching strategies, assessment and feedback, and behaviour management. You will also learn to effectively engage with various stakeholders in school communities including parents, colleagues and external community partners.

You can tailor the course to your particular interests by choosing option units. You can either choose units from a variety of topics, or focus on a particular topic of interest to form a minor area of study. Details are available in the units tab.

Real-world learning

QUT organises professional experience placements to give you the opportunity to work in real school classrooms, supervised by practising professional educators. During each year of the course you will be assigned to a school which will provide you with opportunities to practise and apply your university learning.You may also be selected for additional opportunities to spend more time in schools and other settings to gain extra experience.

Career outcomes

You will be prepared to teach Prep to Year 6 in a primary school. Teachers develop a range of skills which, in combination with work experience and personal qualities, may also equip them for a variety of careers including community education officers and training developers. Your qualification can also allow you to work in other locations within Australia and overseas.

Professional recognition

This course meets professional teaching standards for graduate teachers for the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and Queensland College of Teachers. Graduates are eligible to apply for teacher registration.

Advanced standing

If you wish to be considered for advanced standing (credit) for studies competed at another institution, you must supply supporting documentations with your application.  Supporting documentations include your official academic transcripts, documents proving that you've completed your course, such as your diploma or certificate (if applicable) and unit outlines or course syllabus for the units you're seeking credit for.  You will be considered for credit at the time we assess your application for admission into the course.  

You do not need to submit a separate application.

Other course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

Blue card: you will need to apply for a blue card because you will be working with children or young people as part of this course.

Literacy and numeracy: you will need to successfully complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students to graduate from this course.

Information is available from the additional course requirements and costs website.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

I did not complete secondary school in Australia

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

    Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

    We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

    I completed secondary school in Australia

    Guide to entry cut-offs

    These cut-offs are based on the previous application period. The actual cut-offs may be higher or lower.

    OP 13
    Rank 71
    Did you get an OP 1-5?

    If you completed secondary school in Australia and received an OP 1-5 or equivalent, and you meet the course prerequisites, you are guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

    Minimum English language requirements

    We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

    You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

    IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Speaking 6.0
    Writing 6.0
    Reading 6.0
    Listening 6.0
    Overall 6.5

    Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

    We offer English language courses to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

    When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

    Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

    If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

    Additional entry requirements

    Additional entry requirements

    Pass the Initial Teacher Education Course (ITE) capabilities criteria.

    You must submit your personal statement  addressing suitability criteria. Applicants are to address two categories describing their work and life experiences that demonstrate the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) competencies and their understanding of and motivations about the course they are applying for.


    You must have passed four semesters at Australian high school level or equivalent:

    • 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.

    Haven't completed the prerequisite subjects?

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

    How to meet prerequisite requirements


    Working with Children Check: blue card

    You'll need to apply for a blue card because you'll be working with children or young people as part of this course. There's no cost if you apply through QUT.

    You will be requested to submit your blue card application form immediately after receiving your offer. You won't be able to accept your offer and enrol if you don't submit your correctly completed blue card application form on time.

    How to apply for a blue card


    Course fees

    Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

    2018: $29,100 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

    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


    How to apply for Bachelor of Education (Primary)

    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 2
    2. Checked important dates
    3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
    4. Checked costs and scholarships
    5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
    6. Gathered supporting documents
    7. Completed an application form and a personal statement

    All done? Then you're ready to apply

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