Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

General Information

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a four-year course (full time equivalent), and is available on both a full time and part time basis.

The course provides initial teacher education for people who wish to work in primary (Years P-6) school classroom settings. It contains four strands: Christian Studies, Education Studies, Discipline Studies (including Discipline Content and Curriculum and Pedagogy) and Professional Experiences.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Course admission information, including the OP/selection rank, and student profile for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) can be found here.

Course Details

Course Code ED21
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 091301
Duration 4F/8P
Entry Requirements Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent); English – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent); Maths A, B or C – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent); any Authority Science subject – SA (QCAA) (or equivalent); English language proficiency requirements apply; Personal suitability requirements apply

New subject prerequisite requirements will apply to applicants who complete Year 12 studies from 2020. See below for further information.

Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode On Campus
Credit Points 320
Starting Semesters 1 & 2
Overseas Students Available
CRICOS Code 073749F

Course Accreditations

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is:

  • accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as meeting the qualification requirement for registration as a teacher in all states and territories of Australia, and appears on the AITSL Accredited Programs List.
  • approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • approved for HECS-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

  • Teachers – Primary (Prep to Year 6).

Subject Prerequisites

From 2020, applicants are required to have at least a sound achievement in one QCAA General Subject in each category (or an equivalent subject from another jurisdiction):

    • English – English, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Literature, English & Literature Extension
    • Maths – General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics
    • Science – Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science, Marine Science, Physics, Psychology

It is assumed that students will have completed four (4) semesters of study in each of English, Mathematics and Science.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

English language proficiency requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are as follows:

    • A minimum overall band score of 7.5 in IELTS (Academic) with a score of at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking and a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing;
    • A score of at least 4 in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing in the ISLPR. The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.
    • English test results must be no more than two years old.
    • The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:
    • Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).
    • The Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) requires graduating teachers to have evidence of English language requirements as stated above to demonstrate their English language proficiency prior to registration.

Personal Suitability Requirements

Key competencies for teaching

Applicants to initial teacher education courses must demonstrate that they possess key competencies that have been identified by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as those attributes and motivations that are common to effective teachers. To do this, applicants must complete an online questionnaire and to provide a personal statement that addresses two categories.

The online questionnaire allows you to demonstrate your motivation for, and understanding of, the course you are applying for and the teaching profession. You will be asked to rank a series of potentially appropriate statement responses, in order of what you think is most to least important.

For the personal statement, you are to address the following categories by writing two statements of 300-500 words for each category.

Category 1: Interest in Teaching and Children/Young People

Write about your motivation and suitability for teaching, such as

    • Who or what has inspired you to become a teacher
    • Why is teaching a good career choice
    • Why are you interested in teaching children/young people
    • What subjects are you interested in teaching and why
    • What does being a good teacher mean
    • What skills and abilities do you have that will make you a good teacher?

Category 2: Involvement in Personal Learning and Leadership Activities

    • Write about your involvement in learning and/or leadership activities that demonstrate capabilities such as
    • Willingness to learn
    • Conscientiousness
    • Resilience
    • Interpersonal and communication skills, and
    • Organisation and planning skills.

Further information regarding these requirements, and how to complete them as part of your application, is available on the Selection guidelines for initial teacher education courses page on the QTAC website.

If you are applying directly to CHC, as an overseas student or a current CHC student who is transferring from another course, please contact admissions@chc.edu.au for information about how to submit these requirements.

Blue card eligibility

Applicants must be eligible to obtain a Blue Card issued by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General of the Queensland government.

Details regarding the Blue Card system can be found on the Blue Card website.

Course Structure

The table below indicates the credit point structure for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) and is indicative of a full time load over four years or eight semesters, where 10 credit points (CP) is equivalent to one unit. This course is also available in a part time capacity.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Areas of Study Credit Points (CP)
Christian Studies 30CP
Education Studies 80CP
Professional Experience 50CP
Discipline Studies 150CP
Elective Studies 10CP – must contribute to a Primary Specialisation in English or Mathematics

Christian Studies 30CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CS116 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation I Download
CS216 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation II Download
CS316 Christian Foundations for Work and Vocation III Download

Education Studies 80CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
ES113 Educational Psychology: Learning and Development (P-6) Download
ES123 Introduction To Teaching and Learning (P-6) Download
ES232 Educational Contexts and Philosophies: (P-6) Download
ES242 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting (P-6) Download
ES352 Learning Communities: Schools, Students and Families, (P-6) Download
ES360 Studies in Inclusive Philosophy and Practice Download
ES470 The Professional Teacher Download
ES480 Worldview and Sociology For Teachers Download

Professional Experience 50CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
PE212 Learning About Teaching: Planning for Learning (P-6) Download
PE322 Teaching for Learning: Motivating and Managing Learners (P-6) Download
PE332 Teaching for Learning: Curriculum and Planning (P-6) Download
PE442 Teaching for Transformation: Meeting Learners Needs (P-6) Download
PE450 Internship: Teaching for Transformation Download

Discipline Studies 150CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CR111 Introduction to Cross-Curricular Literacies Download
CR131 Introduction to Language, Literature and Literacy Download
CR161 Introduction to Mathematics and Numeracy Download
CR172 Introduction to Science and Technologies Download
CR180 Introduction to Humanities and Social Sciences Download
CR184 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Humanities and Social Sciences P3 Download
CR220 Content and Pedagogy: The Arts Download
CR232 Curriculum and Pedagogy: English and Literacy Download
CR240 Content and Pedagogy: Health and Physical Education Download
CR262 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Mathematics and Numeracy Download
CR275 Advanced Studies in Science & Technologies Download
CR333 Advanced Studies in English and Literacy Download
CR363 Advanced Studies in Mathematics and Numeracy Download
CR370 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Science and Technologies Download
CR380 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Humanities in Primary Contexts Download
CR384 Curriculum and Pedagogy: Humanities and Social Sciences P4-6 Download
CR411 Cross-Curricular Priorities, Capabilities and Literacies Download

Elective Studies 10CP

One elective studies unit is to contribute to one of the following Primary Specialisations:EnglishMathematics

The following units are available towards a Primary Specialisation (prerequisite requirements apply):


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
EL110 The Western Literary Tradition Download
EL140 Great Books of the Western World I Download
EL150 Great Books of the Western World II
EL190 Creative Writing
EL216 The Works of Shakespeare
EL226 Australian Literature
EL235 Modern Literature
EL256 Fantasy and Science Fiction
EL266 Children’s and Adolescent Literature
EL275 Women Writers


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
BZ201 Data Analysis
MT110 Foundations of Mathematics Download
MT111 Calculus 1 Download
MT112 Calculus 2 Download
MT210 Calculus 3 Download
MT311 Discrete Mathematics Download

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a school-based program that provides for the number of days of supervised experience required by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for registration.

The Professional Experience Program consists of 80 days of practicum and 30+ days of internship, as follows:

four PEP blocks, each of four weeks in duration, with a full day orientation prior to the block; and

one internship block, of at least six weeks, with a full day orientation prior to the internship.

Students undertake their Professional Experience Program placements in a range of schools with which CHC has established partnerships over many years. These are predominantly Christian schools in south-east Queensland.Students are required to hold a valid Blue Card in order to engage in the Professional Experience Program.

CRICOS Provider Name: Christian Heritage College | CRICOS Provider Number: 01016F
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