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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Approved Abbreviation: BEdn(Primary)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1876.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 103728C

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2021 or later.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is an initial teaching qualification. It prepares graduates for careers in primary school government and non-government settings and other educational fields in Australia. The degree provides deep engagement in primary education through innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It involves students in engaged learning and work integrated learning, through placements in agencies and schools. Professional accreditation by the NSW Education Standards Authority is pending.

Study Mode
Four years full-time or eight years part-time.

This course meets the Professional Teaching Standards for Graduate Teachers as required by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


An ATAR (or equivalent) of at least 80 is required, or achievement of the following in HSC: 3 Band 5s, with one in English, or 2 Band 5s in Mathematics and Science subjects and Band 4 in English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, HSC Mathematics or equivalent.

Applicants who accept their offer will need to satisfactorily complete the online non-academic capabilities interview (QuEST).

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the University of Western Sydney via the the Western Sydney University International office.

International students applying to Western Sydney University through Western Sydney University International can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the Western Sydney University International website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites

Prior to enrolling in the Professional Experience units, students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete Child Protection Awareness training

  • Satisfactorily complete Working with Children Check

Link to Working with Children Check

  • Satisfactorily complete Anaphylaxis training

Link to Anaphylaxis training

  • Meet Inherent Requirements for Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Course Completion Prerequisites

Satisfactorily complete the National Literacy and Numeracy TEST for Initial Teacher Education Students prior to enrolment in the final Professional Experience unit as required by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority).

Link to National Literacy and Numeracy TEST

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points which includes the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn semester

102629Sociology for Educators
102794Literacy and Numeracy for Educators
102209Scientific Discovery and Invention
102795Exploring Patterns and Relationships in Mathematics

Spring semester

102821Scientist, Artist, Teacher
102636Educational Psychology
102796Teachers as Change Makers

And one elective

Students may exit at this point and graduate with a Diploma in Education (Primary) on successful completion of 80 credit points of Year 1 units.

1878 - Diploma in Education (Primary)

Year 2

Autumn semester

102646Language and Literacy in the Early Years
102641Numeracy and Mathematics in the Early Years
102637Being a Teacher
102639Primary Professional Experience 1: Working in Classrooms

Spring semester

102820History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship in the Primary Years
102645Engaging with Children, Families, Colleagues and Communities
102643Pedagogy and Praxis for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
102644Science and Technology in the Primary Years

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Associate Degree in Education (Primary) on successful completion of 80 credit points of Year 1 units plus 80 credit points from Year 2 units, for a total of 160 credit points.

1877 - Associate Degree in Education (Primary)

Year 3

Autumn semester

102649Numeracy and Mathematics in Years 3-6
102650Language and Literacy in Years 3-6
102819Engaging Pedagogies
102648Primary Professional Experience 2: Working with Assessment Data for Instruction

Spring semester

102647Creative Arts in the Primary Years
102652Health and Physical Education in the Primary Years
102797STEM Principles and Practices in the Primary Years

And one elective

Year 4

Autumn semester

102799Teaching EAL/D Students in the Primary Years
102798Reading Children's Literature and Digital Texts
102654Inclusive Practices in the Primary Years
102656Primary Professional Experience 3: Engaging with Diverse Students and Communities

Spring semester

102657Researching Professional Practice
102659Primary Professional Experience 4: Transition into the Profession

And two electives

Recommended Electives

May be selected from the following areas:

- Inclusive Education

- Sustainability

- Science

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