Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Rank thresholdATAR: 62 SR: 62
Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Online and
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOn Campus, Online
Course codeCC13
First-year fee
$6,676 cspifyf
Education Research student teaching mathematics to school students.


Make a difference in a young person's life and guide them to reach their full potential. The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will prepare you as a well-rounded graduate that qualifies for professional registration as a secondary school teacher within Australia. 

Embedded into the course is frequent and meaningful work experience and professional practice in authentic educational settings. Preparing you to graduate work-ready and confident in the classroom.

The course includes 85 days of planned teaching practice in secondary schools, plus other opportunities for you to apply theoretical knowledge in practical ways. You will also develop the skills to teach effectively in various contemporary educational settings.

During your studies, you will choose two teaching disciplines to focus on to meet the requirements of the modern classroom. A full list of the teaching discipline areas can be found below in the Majors and Minors section.

Trade Entry

If you hold a relevant trade qualification and want to become an Industrial Technology and Design or Home Economics teacher, you may be eligible to apply via our trade-entry pathway. The trade-entry pathway recognises prior learning (RPL) for your approved trade into the course and reduces the number of units you will need to complete. Graduates from the trade-entry pathway exit with one teaching area only, given they receive RPL into the course. 

Study experience

Career Opportunities

On completion of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you will be qualified to teach two specialist areas within secondary schools to Year 12. 


Structure & Availability

Course structure

To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), you are required to complete 30 units, including core educational studies and 12 units in two chosen discipline teaching areas (six units per discipline teaching area).

Discipline teaching areas:

  • agricultural science (including year 7 – 10 science)
  • business
  • biology (including year 7 – 10 science)
  • chemistry (including year 7 – 10 science)
  • English
  • geography
  • health and physical education (including year 7 – 10 HPE and year 11 – 12 physical education)
  • history
  • home economics and hospitality
  • industrial technology and design
  • mathematics
  • psychology (including year 7 - 10 science)

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1, 2024Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2024Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 1, 2025Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton
Term 2, 2025Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton

Online Availability

Term 1, 2024Available Online
Term 2, 2024Available Online
Term 1, 2025Available Online
Term 2, 2025Available Online

You will choose two minors which correlate to your two distinct teaching discipline areas. You can choose from;

  • Agricultural Science (including Year 7-10 Science)
  • Biology (including Year 7-10 Science)
  • Business
  • Chemistry (including Year 7-10 Science)
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education (including Year 7-10 HPE and Year 11-12 Physical Education)
  • History
  • Home Economics and Hospitality
  • Industrial Technology and Design
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology (including Year 7-10 Science)
Some units in selected Minors may require attendance at residential schools. Please ensure you check the CQUniversity Handbook Residential School Page for dates and the relevant Unit Profile for more details. Please note that residential schools may be held outside the term in which the unit is run.

Professional Practice - Queensland College of Teachers


Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a teacher upon completion of the course.

Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning - EDFE14021

Supervised and assessed in-school placement as per EDFE14021 Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning Unit Profile

Professional Practice 3 (Secondary) - Engagement with Others - EDFE13033

Supervised and assessed in-school placement as per EDFE13033 Professional Practice 3 (Secondary) - Engagement with Others Unit Profile

Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) - Application of Curriculum - EDFE12043

Supervised and assessed in-school placement as per EDFE12043 Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) - Application of Curriculum Unit Profile

Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching - EDFE11038

Supervised and assessed in-school placement as per EDFE11038 Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching Unit Profile

Duration of Professional Practice units

Benefit from supervised placements to graduate classroom ready. Check below for more detail on the length of each placement block. 




Professional Practice 1 - Introduction to Teaching EDFE11038 15-day block of practical experience under the guidance of a supervising teacher in a school setting.
Professional Practice 2 (Secondary) - Application of Curriculum EDFE12043 15-day block placement in a secondary school.
Professional Practice 3 (Secondary) - Engagement with Others EDFE13033 25-day block placement in a secondary school.
Professional Practice 4 - Engaged Teaching and Learning EDFE14021 25-day block placement in a classroom environment plus five one-day visits to prepare you for the continuous five-week teaching block.


Rank threshold

A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course. The rank threshold for this course is: SR 62 | ATAR 62.0


Lowest rank


The lowest selection rank refers to the lowest rank to which an offer was made for an intake or term and includes adjustment factors applied to an applicant's ATAR such as the Regional Adjustment Scheme and Educational Access Scheme. An ATAR with adjustment factors applied is referred to as a selection rank.

The lowest selection ranks (includes adjustment factors) for Term 1, 2023 for the following locations are as follows:

Bundaberg: SR 63.55

Online: SR 65.25

Rockhampton: SR 65.25

Please note entry to courses is competitive and the lowest score (ATAR or selection rank) will vary from year to year and campus to campus and is provided as a historical guide of past performance.

Student profile

If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2023.



Institute profile

To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2023 view our Institute Profile.


Recommended study

No recommended study required


English (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C). Non-academic entry requirements also apply.

When applying, you must demonstrate that you have met the listed Entry Requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements.

After you have applied and enrolled in this course, you will need to be able to meet the Security and Health Requirements as these generally relate to work-integrated learning activities that form part of your course. You will be provided with more information about security and health requirements after enrolling in the relevant units that these relate to. 

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

English (Unit 3 & 4, Grade C or higher) or equivalent; and

General Mathematics, Mathematics Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Unit 3 & 4, Grade C or higher) or equivalent.

Non-Academic Requirements

Non-academic capabilities of all initial teacher education applicants will be assessed based on the submission of a personal statement that addresses the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).

Applicants may consider the prompts mentioned below in each question to frame their response.

  • Tell us what has inspired you to become a teacher and tell us why you think teaching is a good career choice for you.
    (In your response, describe who and what has inspired you to become a teacher and describe the types of skills and abilities you will bring to teaching.)
  • Describe one or two leadership, community and/or learning & development activities that you have engaged in.
    (In your response describe how these leadership, community and/or learning & development activities demonstrate your conscientiousness and coping strategies when you are faced with challenges.)
  • Describe how you manage your time when you are both planning and coordinating activities in your personal schedule.
    (In your response provide examples of how you have put both your planning and coordinating skills to use.)
  • Tell us about one or two times where you have utilised your problem-solving skills to achieve an outcome.
    (In your response explain what you learned, regardless of whether the outcome you achieved was positive or undesirable.)

Please note, personal statement requirements may differ depending on application method.

English Proficiency Requirements

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 1 year fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

Completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) test with an overall band score of at least 7.5 with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 8.0 for Speaking and Listening.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study with CQUniversity, and must appear on a single result certificate.

If you are an International student please visit International students English requirements for

further information.

Each student will be assessed individually.

COVID-19 vaccination is no longer a mandatory requirement for workers in early childhood, primary and secondary education settings. Decisions on mandatory vaccinations will instead be made by the owner or operator of these settings and as such students undertaking work-integrated learning will need to adhere to the individual education setting requirements. 

Students must meet the inherent requirements for the chosen teaching area (minor) pathway selected and must ensure they adhere to any requirements within the scope of teaching these subjects within schools.

Students must be in possession of a current Positive Notice Blue Card (or equivalent “Working with Children” check issued in other Australian states or territories) to be eligible for placement in a school site.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$6,676

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees.

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists you in paying your student contributions. Provided you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you may use HECS-HELP to defer part or all of your student contribution fees. Learn more about paying for university.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies, such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Explore other study costs.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time, and we are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

How to apply

StateAdmission Code
QueenslandOnline: 850235 ; Mackay: 840232; Bundaberg: 810232; Rockhampton: 850232
Northern TerritoryOnline: 150614
Western AustraliaOnline: 150614
South AustraliaOnline: 150614
TasmaniaOnline: 150614
VictoriaOnline: 150614

Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Creating one is quick and easy if you do not have a USI. Visit to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?

View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

What’s the best way to apply?

  • Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
  • Option 2: Ideal if you are studying with one of our partner study hubs or have applied for the Trade to Teach Internship Program.
  • Option 3: Perfect for returning CQU students or if you are changing your CQU course.

Option 1: Ideal for most situations, apply via a Tertiary Admission Centre

View the table below for the best application option based on where you live.

If you live in Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC)*
Queensland Apply via QTAC
All other states and territories Apply via ApplyCQUNI

*Please note that you may be required to pay a fee when applying via a TAC.

Option 2: Apply via ApplyCQUni

ApplyCQUni is the ideal application platform if you:


Option 3: If you have previously studied with CQU, apply direct.

As a past CQU student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQU for this course. To apply directly, your prior study with CQU must be a completed or partially completed CQU course or unit, including:

  • CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
  • A CQU certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master's or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.