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CC12 - Bachelor of Education (Primary)


At a glance

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides you with the qualifications to teach in primary schools. Choose to study this course either on-campus or by online study and benefit from its unique features, which allows you to work while completing your studies.

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Study modes On-Campus, Online
Rank OP: 15 SR: 66 ATAR: 61.85
Units/credits 32/192
Pre-requisites English (4, SA); Maths A, B or C (4, SA); an Authority Science subject (4, SA).
Availability Bundaberg; Cairns; Gladstone Marina; Mackay City; Mackay Ooralea; Noosa; Rockhampton North; Townsville; Online Study
Duration 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
Intake dates March, July, November
QTAC Code BDG: 810242, CNS: 820249; GLT: 830242: MKY: 840242, NSA: 870242, ROK: 850242, TSV: 800249, Online: 850245
CRICOS 080753G

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from main round offers for Term 1 2018. They represent the minimum competitive rank that applications were considered for entry to a course. Entry to a course is competitive and a cut off score lower than the minimum competitive rank may have been needed to gain entry to a particular course. Entry ranks vary from year to year so are provided as a historical guide of past performance.


online study students studying near Gladstone or on-campus in Cairns and Townsville will be supported through a delivery of combined on-campus study, workshops and residential schools.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will be qualified to teach in primary schools from foundation year to Year 6. Like most professions, teaching has specific workforce demands and sometimes oversupply. Before undertaking a course of study, you should check with major employers regarding potential employment prospects.

Professional recognition

On completion of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) you will have demonstrated evidence of acquiring the professional knowledge, skills and engagement outlined in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career stage). As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT).

Students undertaking an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are expected to undertake and meet the benchmark in the personal Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE). These two tests (one literacy and one numeracy) are part of the accreditation requirements of this course and there is an expectation that students enrolled in an ITE course will be undertaking the tests and successfully meet the benchmarks prior to graduation. For further information about the LANTITE including how to register please refer to



The Bachelor of Education (Primary) provides you with the required skills and qualifications to teach primary students from foundation year to Year 6 in primary schools. You can choose to study this course both on-campus or by online study.

CQUniversity is one of the only universities in Australia that incorporates unique features into the course, providing you with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care after your first year, if you complete the optional practical component. This will enable you to work as a qualified early learning professional in childcare centres throughout the remainder of your studies.

In addition to building professional knowledge and skills, you will undertake frequent and meaningful work experience and professional practice in authentic educational settings. This includes 125 days of planned teaching practice in schools and other learning sites.

The structure of the course allows for recognition of prior learning through entry into the second year of the course if you already hold the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113) qualification.

Why Study Education at CQUniversity

Education is one of Australia's largest professions, with career opportunities in schools, TAFE and vocational education, universities and training organisations, as well as in the public and private sector.

Make a difference
Many future educators have a desire to make a difference in the lives of the people they teach and to share their passion for learning. A large number of permanent teachers are employed each year in Australia, and many are offered temporary or contract positions. Generally, teachers enjoy a competitive salary, generous superannuation schemes, locality allowance for service in specified regions and significant leave entitlements.

Innovative and unique courses
CQUniversity's education courses are innovative and unique in their approach. Whether you are looking to start your career, or widen and improve your employment prospects, CQUniversity can help you to achieve your goals. There are several specialisations offered in our new Bachelor of Education courses, including Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education. Whichever course you choose, we can help to make a real difference to your career and life.

Work integrated learning
Our education courses have a key focus on work integrated learning. When studying education you will benefit from early, frequent and extended professional practice. This practice is effectively integrated with theory, providing you with a thorough understanding of education to ensure that you are classroom-ready. Due to the close and continuing relationship between schools and CQUniversity, we have the support of schools in welcoming students on practical placements.

Industry relevant
Our education courses have been developed in partnership with leading educational authorities, ensuring they are current and relevant. Many of our educators come from teaching backgrounds, ensuring you have access to some of the most well-connected educators in the field. Our staff are respected leaders in their fields, often still contributing to research and working within the profession. Above all, every member of our staff is committed to guiding and supporting you throughout your learning journey.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

To graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) you are required to complete 32 units including 26 core units and six units that prepare you for teaching in the primary sector. This course also provides a foundation for potential postgraduate study particularly in the area of special education.

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note units are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of unit availability for your study. Please call 13CQUni 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding unit information regarding your specific application.

Work integrated Learning

You are required to undertake 125 days of planned teaching practice in schools and other learning sites. Professional practice blocks are included in each year of the course structure.

Credit transfer information

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

Entry requirements

OP: 15 , SR: 66 , ATAR: 61.85

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Student Profile

Information on the Student Profile for this course by campus as well as the OP/ATAR profile for recent school leavers is available at our future students page.

Entry Requirements

In addition to your prior academic study (senior schooling,TAFE studies and/or university study including bridging courses) you will also be assessed on non-academic criteria for entry to this course. The non academic criteria is designed to allow you to demonstrate that you meet the identified key capabilities of successful teaching required by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership and illustrates your understanding of and motivations about studying a Bachelor of Education.


  • Satisfy the prerequisites for this course of English (4, SA); Maths A, B or C (4, SA); an Authority Science subject (4, SA) OR
  • Successful completion of STEPS course with completion of the relevant English,Science and Maths units OR
  • Award of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care through CQUniversity or a Registered Training Organisation and the equivalent of 4,SA in a high school Senior Science and Maths subjects or recognised units from the STEPS or equivalent bridging course.


All applicants must provide a mandatory written statement in support of your non-academic capabilities, demonstrating you hold the key attributes and motivations to become an effective teacher, as outlined by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).

In your written statement you will need to provide details on:

  • Why you are interested in becoming a teacher,
  • Why you believe teaching is a great career choice,
  • Your involvement in personal learning and leadership activities,
  • Your participation in community or volunteering activities that promote learning.

Further information on what is specifically required will be provided during the application process.

English Requirements

International Students

Students admitted to undergraduate education courses at CQUniversity under the International English Language Testing System will meet the AITSL assessment criteria of a score of at least 7.0 for Reading and Writing and a score of at least 8.0 for Speaking and Listening on an IELTS test undertaken during the 12month period prior to submitting an application for admission or have successfully undertaken an AQF Level 7 equivalent qualification in an English speaking country.

Domestic Students

If you are 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. Information on English Language Proficiency requirements is available here.

Fees and scholarships


Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:


Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply


You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

You can lodge your application to study at CQUniversity via one of the following Tertiary Admission Centres:

  • Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC)
  • South Australia Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
  • Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
  • Western Australia (Apply WA).

Use the table below to find your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre depending on where you live, and where/how you wish to study:

Should you require assistance please contact our Student Advice team.

Undergraduate Apply through QTAC Apply through UAC Apply through SATAC Apply through VTAC Apply through Apply WA Apply through your state tertiary admissions centre, if the program is not listed, apply through QTAC

For more information on applying for Bachelor of Education (Primary), please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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Key dates

30 APR
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23 MAY
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