2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Primary Education | 2018

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Primary Education



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Social Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 755112


The Bachelor of Primary Education is a 4 year accredited qualification preparing graduates for the rewarding role of being a primary school educator. The degree aims to develop reflective, professional teachers who can work effectively in an increasingly diverse classroom environment.

In addition to studying the subjects in the Australian curriculum, students will focus on areas such as Professional Studies, Aboriginal Education, Learners with Exceptional Needs, and Teaching Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students. 

Professional Experience is a compulsory component of this course and usually occurs in Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands, and Southern and South Western Sydney schools. Students can also apply for ‘out-of-area’ (rural NSW) or overseas professional experiences.

Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the degree may complete the fourth year at Honours levels 

Students who intend to study part-time should consult with the Academic Program Director at the time of enrolment for advice on progression and timetabling.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a developing understanding of the complex multi-faceted role of the teacher and the learning environment.
2 Apply emerging skills in regards to problem solving, technology and planning for all learners; differentiation of pedagogical strategies and reflection on practice.
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the theory-practice nexus its role and theirs as the teacher as researcher.
4 Demonstrate a holistic understanding of the equity/inequity balance and social justice issues in Australian society.
5 Demonstrate the ability to manipulate mandatory documents that relate to pedagogy and policy.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Primary Education requires the following:

  1. The successful completion of 192 credit points comprising:
    1. 28 core subjects (174cp);
    2. 3 elective subjects (18cp); and
    3. No more than 60 credit points will be at 100 level.
  2. The successful completion of the Professional Experience components embedded in the course.
  3. Students must successfully complete 36 credit points from the Year 1 subjects to be eligible for the first Professional Experience and to enrol in Year 2 subjects. Students should also note that a number of subject pre-requisites will be in place throughout the course.
  4. Students must have passed all core subjects in their degree and be enrolled in any annual and final semester core subjects to be eligible for their final Professional Experience.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
Autumn Session
HAS 111 Essential Academic Skills 6
EDLL101 Language and Learning 6
EDMM101 Mathematics Foundations 6
PSYS150 Foundations of Human Development and Behaviour 6
Spring Session
EDSC102 Science Content Knowledge for Educators 6
EDSO101 Education and Society 6
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6
Plus ONE of the following:
EDPD100 Introduction to the Profession* 6
HAS 121 Human Development in Social Context 6
MATH132 Unlocking Mathematical Tools for Primary Educators 6
* This subject is only available to students who have three Band 5 scores in their HSC results, including one in English
Year 2
Autumn Session
EDPD201 Professional Development 1: The Learning Environment 6
EDKL200 Language and Literacy 1: The Early Years 6
EDKM201 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 1 6
EDTA201 The Arts in Education 6
Spring Session
EDPD202 Professional Development: The Teacher as a Managing Professional 6
EDCM202 Classroom Management: Creating Positive Learning Environments 6
EDKG202 History and Geography in Primary Schools 6
EDKL202 Language and Literacy 2: Teaching Encoding & Decoding Skills 6
Year 3
Autumn Session
EDPD301 Professional Development: The Teacher as Researcher 6
EDSC301 K-6 Science and Technology: Curriculum and Pedagogy 6
EDKL301 Language and Literacy 3: The Later Primary Years 6
EDKP301 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education Content & Pedagogy 6
Spring Session
EDFE302 Education Foundations: Cognition & Communication in the Classroom 6
EDLD302 Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 6
EDAE302 Aboriginal Education 6
EDKM302 Mathematics Content and Pedagogy 2 6
Year 4
Autumn Session
EDPD401 Professional Development 3 6
EDLE401 Learners with Extra Support Needs 6
EDIC401 Effective use of ICT for Teaching & Learning 6
EDFE401 Educational Foundations: Sociology and Cultural Studies of Education 6
Spring Session
EDPD402 Professional Development 4 12
Plus TWO 6 credit point subjects selected from the School of Education electives 12

For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components 

This course contains a total of 595 hours or approximately 85 days of compulsory work-based placements, completed over 25 weeks throughout the degree. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

Dean's Scholar

A Dean's Scholar program is available for high achieving students. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Dean's Scholar).


Students who have achieved a high level of academic performance in the first three years of the degree may complete the fourth year at Honours level. For further information refer to the Bachelor of Primary Education (Honours).

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

This degree is accredited and recognised as a national professional teaching qualification.  Students seeking work outside NSW or Australia are advised to check with potential employers and other teacher registration authorities for any additional requirements.

All students completing a NSW teacher education course will need to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test.

The University of Wollongong is committed to supporting students to meet the accreditation requirements to teach in Catholic Diocesan schools. Please contact your Academic Program Director for more information.

Other Information

For further information email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 27 February, 2019