Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science (BTeach(Sec) BSc)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science double degree prepares students for teaching in secondary schools. It is designed for students who are beginning tertiary study. The primary focus in the first three years of the double degree is on completing two teaching areas for teaching up to Year 12 level.
Students are required to have completed the requirements of the discipline degree to be eligible to enrol into the fourth year of the program.

The Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science is an AQF Level 7 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 4 years.

The program is offered as a double degree only and students are required to complete both awards at the same time.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Apply knowledge and understanding of how students learn and how this may affect their learning outcomes in the Secondary School years.
2. Know discipline-specific content and how to teach it. Know discipline-specific curriculum across two or more curriculum areas, and how to teach it.
3. Design, implement and evaluate effective learning and teaching strategies for diverse, adolescent learners in Secondary Schools.
4. Apply knowledge of relevant policy and practice requirements to create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments.
5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning.
6. Know about the important role of professional learning. Know about, and apply relevant professional standards with teaching professionals, parents/carers and the community.
7. Design and conduct classroom action research.
8. Apply the AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers at a 'graduate' level.
9. Critically analyse and solve scientific problems by: 9.1 gathering, synthesising and critically evaluating information from a range of sources 9.2 designing and planning an investigation 9.3 selecting and applying practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation 9.4 collecting, accurately recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data 9.5 demonstrating the cooperatively and effectiveness of working in a team environment.
10. Be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific results, information, or arguments to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes, and using a variety of modes.
11. Be accountable for own learning and scientific work by: 11.1 being independent and self-directed learners 11.2 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context 11.3 demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory frameworks relevant to their disciplinary area and personally practicing ethical conduct.
12. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of science by: 12.1 articulating the methods of science and explaining why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry 12.2 explaining the role and relevance of science in society.
13. Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by: 13.1 demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one disciplinary area 13.2 demonstrating knowledge in at least one other disciplinary area.

Condition of Admission
Criminal History Clearance: Students must be able to demonstrate a successful National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) as it is required by teacher employment authorities in Australia and South Australia. A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is required prior to undertaking any professional experience/practicum placements which involves contact with minors (under 18 years of age). These placements are compulsory. International students will be required to obtain a certificate from their home country.

Condition of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide Bachelor of Teaching program requirements, specifically with regards to Professional Experience Placements – see 

Condition of Continuing Enrolment
LANTITE: progression into the fourth year of the program is subject to the successful completion of both the literacy and numeracy components of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE).

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science

There shall be a Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 96 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 36 units from the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary).
  2. Courses to the value of 6 units from the Bachelor of Teaching Curriculum and Pedagogy courses.
  3. Courses to the value of 54 units from the Bachelor of Science including:
  • Level I courses to the value of 18 units
  • Level II courses to the value of 18 units
  • Level III courses to the value of 18 units

Science Elective courses up to the value of 12 units.

Two Major Teaching Areas (with at least one from Group 1) from the following:
Major Teaching Area (Group 1):

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Physics

Major Teaching Area (Group 2):

  • Digital Technologies
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

* Defined by Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), a major teaching area is the equivalent of a total of three-quarters of a year’s full time study which equates to a minimum of 18 units. No more than 6 units at Level I and at least 6 units at Level III can be counted. Teaching areas in the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Science are at least 21 units.