Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

General Information

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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 secondary years (Years 7-12) school classroom settings. It contains four strands: Christian Studies, Education Studies, Discipline Studies (including Discipline Content and Curriculum and Pedagogy) and Professional Experiences.

Students in the course complete two teaching areas of 6 units each.

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

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

Course Details

Course Code ED23
Level Undergraduate
QTAC Code 091501
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); 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 073742B

Course Accreditations

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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

  • Teacher – Secondary (Years 7-12) in the nominated teaching areas.

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

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

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 (Secondary) 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 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 tables below indicates the credit point structure for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary), where 10 credit points (CP) is equivalent to one unit.

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 160CP – comprising 130CP of Discipline Content studies and 30CP of Curriculum and Pedagogy studies

Discipline Content studies consist of two teaching areas of 60CP each, with 10CP of studies in cross-curricular literacies.

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
ES116 Educational Psychology: Learning And Development (7-12) Download
ES126 Introduction To Teaching And Learning (7-12) Download
ES238 Educational Contexts And Philosophies: (7-12) Download
ES246 Curriculum, Assessment And Reporting (7-12) Download
ES358 Learning Communities: Schools, Students and Families (7-12) 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
PE216 Learning About Teaching: Planning For Learning (7-12) Download
PE326 Teaching For Learning: Motivating And Managing Learner (7-12) Download
PE336 Teaching For Learning: Curriculum And Planning (7-12) Download
PE446 Teaching For Transformation: Meeting Learner Needs (7-12) Download
PE450 Internship: Teaching For Transformation Download

DISCIPLINE STUDIES – Curriculum and Pedagogy Studies 30CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CR308 Curriculum And Pedagogy: Teaching Area #1 Download
CR309 Curriculum And Pedagogy: Teaching Area #2 Download
CR411 Cross-Curricular Priorities, Capabilities and Literacies Download

DISCIPLINE STUDIES – Discipline Content 130CP

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CR111 Introduction To Cross-Curricular Literacies Download

Students choose six units from each of two teaching areas. Each teaching area is to consist of a minimum of two introductory (100-level) units and a minimum of three advanced (200- and 300- level) units.

Teaching areas are offered for the following subjects:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Biblical Studies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Business Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Drama
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and Physical Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • History
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mathematics

Students wishing to undertake studies in another teaching area may be able to import studies from other higher education providers and will need to discuss cross-institutional enrolment with the Preservice Education Course Coordinator.

The tables below contain recommended units for inclusion in majors. Students should consult the Education Courses Handbook regarding units that are core requirements of each major.

Please note that not all units are offered in each semester. Information regarding the units to be offered in particular semester is available in the ‘Units on Offer’ information sheet on the Documents, Forms and Booklists page.

Students should also take note of any unit prerequisite requirements for the units listed. These are available in the Education Courses Handbook.

Biblical Studies

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
JA101 Biblical Interpretation and Application  Download
JA102 Biblical Studies in the Old Testament  Download
JA103 Biblical Studies in the New Testament  Download
JA205 History of Christian Thought and its Practice  Download
JB104 Spiritual Transformation  Download
JB201 A Biblical Understanding of the Church  Download
JB204 Reflections in Theology  Download
JB314 Jesus – His life and Ministry  Download
JB315 Paul – His life and Theology  Download
JB316 Major Themes of Luke-Acts  Download
JB391 Directed Study  Download

Business Education

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
BZ100 Introduction To Business and Management Download
BZ102 Accounting Principles Download
BZ103 Introduction To Marketing Download
BZ104 Economics Download
BZ201 Data Analysis  Download
BZ202 Financial Management Download
BZ203 Business Law Download
BZ211 Financial Accounting Download
BZ212 Management Accounting Download
BZ213 Company Accounting Download
BZ231 Human Behaviour In Organisations Download
BZ252 Marketing Communication  Download
BZ310 Business Planning Download
BZ312 Auditing  Download
BZ332 Human Resource Management  Download


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
DM100 The Elements Of Drama Download
DM120 Introduction To Dramatic Performance Download
DM130 The History Of Drama Download
DM211 Expressive Forms  Download
DM220 Advanced Dramatic Performance Download
DM241 Drama In Film And Television and New Media Download
DM285 Contemporary Drama Download
DM290 Australian Drama Download
AT380 Towards A Theology of the Arts Download
EL216 The Words of Shakespeare  Download


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 Download
EL190 Creative Writing  Download
EL216 The Words of Shakespeare  Download
EL226 Australian Literature  Download
EL235 Modern Literature Download
EL256 Fantasy And Science Fiction  Download
EL266 Children’s and Adolescent Literature Download
EL275 Women Writers Download
EL380 Literary Criticism Download

Health and Physical Education

Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
HP100 Introduction to health and Physical Education  Download
HP110 Health and Fitness  Download
HP220 Games and Coaching Download
HP230 Scientific Foundations of Sport and Activity  Download
HP300 Psychology and Sociology of Sport  Download
HP310 Sports Organisation and Management  Download


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
CS254 Australian Indigenous Worldviews (incompatible with ES261) Download
SEM101 Narrating Western Civilisation- Ancient Greece and Rome Download
SEM102 Narrating Western Civilisation – Enlightenment and Modernity Download
HT120 Introduction to Australian History Download
HT212 War And Peace: 1914-Present  Download
HT213 Social and Political Movements in the Modern World Download
HT220 Issues in Australian Society Download
HT241 A History of Christianity Download
HT385 Philosophies Of History*  Download

*Compulsory for major


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


Unit Summary Sample Unit Outline
SC110 A Christian Approach to Scientific Enquiry  Download
SC120 Environmental Science  Download
SC130 Physical and Chemical Sciences (7-10) Download
Students may also source units from other higher education providers

Professional Experience Program

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) in the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) 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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