Bachelor of Education (Primary) - 2012

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Course summary - 2012

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 29 units to complete

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What the degree is about


The Bachelor of Education (Primary) has been designed for people who wish to teach at primary school level.

The degree has a strong English and Mathematics focus with a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. The course integrates education theory with classroom practice for all areas. Core units in this degree cover the essential topics of computer literacy, planning lessons, classroom management, understanding learning difficulties and special education. School experience begins with observations and discussions of the wide variety of effective teaching strategies and, over the duration of the degree, will continue with workshops and periods of block teaching which culminate in a 10 week internship.

Frequently Asked Questions.

FAQs - Bachelor of Education (Primary) (PDF, 60 KB)

  • Make informed decisions regarding teaching and learning based on a comprehensive understanding of the learner and application of the curriculum
  • Be reflective, creative and critical in the approach to teaching and learning
  • Use appropriate technologies, and make valid judgments synthesising information from a range of sources

After registration, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to teach in primary schools. Additional careers include education administrator or policy development officer.

Graduates will be eligible for registration with the Western Australian College of Teachers (WACOT). Registration is recognised by all national teacher accreditation authorities. However, it is the responsibility of graduates to ensure they consult with the regulatory body in the state they wish to register as a qualified educator regarding registration requirements.

If you are a Commonwealth supported student and would like to apply for this course, please refer to the Commonwealth supported places link for information on the conditions and course admission eligibility criteria.

If you are a general applicant and would like to apply for this course, please read on for details on the course requirements before applying.

With the exception of six open first year units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course. Please refer to Application Process for more information.

This is a restricted course. Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Academic
  • English Language Competence
  • Police Clearance/Working with Children (WWC)
  • Practicum Requirements
  • First Aid Certificate

Academic Requirements

Applicants have a choice of two academic entrance pathways into this course:

1. Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) entrance

Tertiary Entrance Ranking 70 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent). Students must have a 50% minimum in TER English (or equivalent).

2. Alternative academic entrance

a) Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You must achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English) to gain entry to the course.

b) Successful study through OUA

Completion of two of the six OUA open enrolment units : EDP120, EDP125, EDP130, EDP135, EDP140 and EDP155 and separate English language competency is needed.


Completion of four OUA units at pass level (including 2 of 6 open enrolment units: EDP120, EDP125, EDP130, EDP140 and EDP155). (This satisfies English language competency requirement.)

c) Tertiary Study

Successful completion of a full semester (four standard units) towards an undergraduate degree at an Australian university and English language competency is not needed.

d) Enabling courses

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course.


On completion of certain TAFE studies (or equivalent study recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF), matriculation status may be granted and a Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER) may be assigned. The minimum entry requirements for TAFE students are:

  • Diploma, Associate Diploma, or Advanced Diploma (no additional English competency needed)
  • Certificate IV + English competency
  • Note – Certificate II or III are not acceptable

English language competency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language requirement:

  • TER or ATAR - A minimum Tertiary Entrance Ranking (TER or ATAR) score of 50% for English (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of one semester of full time study of a Bachelor degree course at an Australian university*
  • IELTS competency level 7.0 (compulsory for international students)

*Equivalent to completion of four first year Curtin Bachelor of Education units through OUA

Police Clearance/Working with Children Check (WWC)

A Working with Children Check and Police Clearance (as required in the state or country of residence) is compulsory.

Due to the specialist nature of the teaching profession, and the practicum placement component of this course, all successful applicants will be required to complete a Working with Children Check and Police Clearance before engaging in any practicum placement.

Practicum Placement

Students must have access to more than one school in which to undertake the professional experience placements (and be able to travel to these schools). Normally 3 schools are required – one for each of the practicum placements in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4.

In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in this course, students must meet the following requirements:

  • 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent OR 2 units plus English AND the restricted criteria (please ensure you have read the restricted criteria in the Course Requirements tab)

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places

Practicum Placements

All practicum placements must be in a school where the language of instruction is English. In those circumstances where the student is unable to secure a placement, Curtin assumes responsibility for doing so and will seek input from the student to identify possibilities before making direct contact with the school, etc. No student will be disadvantaged due to their personal inability to identify a site for professional experience.

Classroom Professional Experience

Years 2, 3 and 4 students complete a total of 80 days of Classroom Professional Experience (School Practicum placement). The course culminates in a final internship where students assume responsibility for a class of children under the supervision of a class teacher. This internship is worth 4 units towards the final degree.

The school practicum placement and final internship can take place in a student's own state or territory, with the approval of Curtin University. Staff at Curtin University will help students to arrange and coordinate their placements.

Further information about the Classroom Professional Experience will be provided to students who have been admitted to the degree including the compulsory Literacy and Mathematical Competency tests to be completed before the final internship. Most states now require pre-service teachers to show evidence that they have achieved competence in both of those areas. These compulsory tests will be offered to students within specific units through the Pearson My Education Lab materials. The charge for these materials will be approximately $27.95 for MyWritingLab and $19.95 for MyMathTest.

Students are not required to attend Curtin University's Perth Campus for any face to face study or practicum.

Within the particular years of the course there is flexibility in the sequencing of units. Students are expected to complete all the units in each year of the course before progressing to the units of the subsequent year. For example, all first year units should be completed prior to enrolling in a second year unit. Students must complete any prerequisite units required.

Students must complete all first, second and third year core units prior to enrolling in any fourth year units.

All core units must be completed before enrolling in EDP425 Internship.

Students must complete all units. There are 29 units in the Bachelor of Education (Primary):

  • 22 coursework units including the restricted units and the open enrolment units
  • 4 electives
  • 3 professional practice units (EDP220; EDP325; EDP425)
  • Students who fail a core unit twice are terminated from the course

Units of Study


There are four elective units in the Bachelor of Education (Primary). Students can select these four units from any unit offered through Open Universities Australia. Students may want to select Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) open enrolment units as electives.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Teaching
EDP120 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Development and Education
EDP125 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Technologies for Learning
EDP130 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Curriculum
EDP135 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Assessment for Learning
EDP140 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Understanding Learning
EDP155 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

Total number of units to complete: 2 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Mathematics Education 1
EDP136 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Literacy Education 1
EDP137 Curtin - SP2 - SP4

Total number of units to complete: 7 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Technology and Enterprise Education
EDP215 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Behaviour Management
EDP2201 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Science Education
EDP225 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Literacy Education 2
EDP230 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Mathematics Education 2
EDP245 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Arts Education
EDP260 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Educating Students with Diverse Abilities
EDP250 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 EDP220 has a practicum placement requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Curriculum and Culture
EDP310 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Society and Environment Education
EDP315 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Professional Practice in Primary Education
EDP3251 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Literacy Education
EDP335 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Physical and Health Education
EDP360 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Indigenous Australian Education
EDP370 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

1 EDP325 has a practicum placement requirement.

Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Integrated Programming
EDP410 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Teacher as Researcher
EDP417 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Mathematics Education
EDP440 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -

Total number of units to complete: 1 unit Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
EDP4251 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4

1 EDP425 has a practicum placement requirement.

Students may apply for credit (or RPL) towards the degree for previous studies successfully completed at other institutions. Students must lodge their completed RPL application, along with necessary documentation, when they apply for a place in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) course. Certified copies of all official transcripts and other documentation, eg. unit outlines/syllabus must be provided at this time. For forms and further information, please visit

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
  • Australian citizens
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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Unit loan
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and sent them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001