Course Description

Inspire our next generation in this professional qualification to teach in a primary school with children aged five to 12 years.

Gain extensive work-based placements (totalling 560 hours) at schools throughout this four-year program, with school placements commencing in your first year. These begin with observing and interacting with small groups of primary school students, and later expand to include patterns of classroom interaction, teacher-developed curriculum materials and whole-school activities. When you undertake professional experience in fourth year, you will be fully competent to teach without close supervision.

This degree covers all the key learning areas (primary subject areas), with special attention to the mandatory areas of Aboriginal education, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and special education.

Throughout your studies you will take generalist units of study in education and professional studies, along with units in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science, and the University of Sydney Business School.

Students who demonstrate high achievement in mathematics through secondary school or the first-year mathematics content may also elect to undertake a specialisation study pathway in mathematics.

Tuition Fees

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $6,566 per year full-time, $26,264 total course cost
International Students: $46,500 per year full-time


4 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 63.8% (national average 59.9%)
Improved skills: 83.8% (national average 77.9%)
Overall satisfaction: 82.3% (national average 77.8%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Teacher Education undergraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 80.4% (national average 77.5%)
Studying full time: 7.0% (national average 7.4%)
Median full time salary: $62,800 (national average $62,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 001292G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: BUEDPRIM3000

Entry Requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), or approved higher education study, including approved preparation courses.
  • Applicants to all undergraduate education degrees (except Early Childhood) will be required to complete a brief personal statement.

    Guaranteed entry ATAR: 85