Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching (Secondary)

A Bachelor of Science combined with a Masters of Teaching (Secondary) accelerates your learning to get you ready to teach science. Enquire and apply today.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

4 years full time

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

Do you want to combine your passions within the sciences with your desire to inspire others to learn?

The combined course Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary) prepares graduates with the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practice as a secondary school teacher in Australia, teaching from junior secondary to VCE levels.

The course combines a postgraduate teaching qualification with undergraduate discipline studies in Science relevant for teaching. The fast-tracked postgraduate level of study means that graduates are ready to teach after just 4 years of study. This postgraduate level initial teacher education degree gives you the edge to get ahead in the employment market.

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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching (Secondary), students must complete a total of 36 credit points of units comprising of:

Bachelor level studies

Students must complete: 

1.  7 credit points of core science units

2.  2 credit points of units as follows: 

  • Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155
  • Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and 1 cp elective (must be Science course grouped)

3.  A 6 credit point approved Science major sequence selected from:

  • One of Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Genomics, Natural History and Plant Biology
  • Chemistry and Materials Science 
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Geography

4.  5 credit points of units chosen from another group of the Science majors listed above

5.  Students must complete both units:

SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit) and;

STP010 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

6.  4 credit points selected from:

  • EDU201 Educational Psychology
  • EDU202 Educators and Learners
  • EDU203 Literacy, Numeracy and Education
  • EDU303 Education, Communication and Technology
  • EDU301 Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education
  • EDU302 Education and Humanitarian Development

Following successful completion of the first 3 undergraduate levels of the course, students with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) above 60 progress to the postgraduate level of the course. Students cannot progress to the postgraduate level of study without completing all 24 credit points at undergraduate level. A WAM of less than 60 results in an alternative exit from D304 with award S320 Bachelor of Science

A Working with Children Check is required before commencing school experience in Trimester 3 of Year 3.

Postgraduate level studies

Students must complete:

  • 8 core teaching units
  • 2 curriculum study units in first teaching specialist area
  • 2 curriculum study units in second teaching specialist area

 

This course includes 60 days of supervised professional experience.

Students are also required to complete below two zero (0) credit point units ELN010 and ELN011 as part of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) and

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in order to graduate from their course.

    Bachelor structure

    Core Units

  • Ecology and the Environment SLE103
  • Cells and Genes SLE111
  • Physics for the Life Sciences SLE123
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis SIT191
  • Communicating Science EES200
  • History and Philosophy of Science SLE209
  • Community Science Project SLE352
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Work Placements STP010 (0 credit points)
  • Plus 2 credit points as follows:

  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • Or

  • Chemistry for the Professional Sciences SLE155
  • And

    1 elective unit (science course grouped)

    Note: Students who have not completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE133 and SLE155. Students who completed Year 12 Chemistry or equivalent take SLE155 and a one credit point elective unit (science course grouped).

    Major sequences - Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability

    Students must complete 6 credit points from one of the following:

    Animal Biology

    Cell Biology

    Human Biology

    Genomics

    Natural History

    Plant Biology

    Chemistry and Materials Science

    Environmental Science

    Mathematical Modelling

    Geography

    Plus 5 credit points of units chosen from another one of the Science majors listed above

    Note: Students taking a major in Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Human Biology, Genomics, Natural History or Plant Biology must choose these 5 units from one of Chemistry and Materials Science, Environmental Science, Geography or Mathematical Modelling.

    Plus 4 credit points selected from: 

  • Educational Psychology EDU201
  • Educators and Learners EDU202
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Education EDU203
  • Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education EDU301
  • Education and Humanitarian Development EDU302
  • Education, Communication and Technology EDU303
  • Postgraduate structure

  • Australian Literacy Test ELN010 (zero (0) credit points)
  • Australian Numeracy Test ELN011 (zero (0) credit points)
  • 8 core teaching units

  • Teaching: Promoting Successful Learning EEE751
  • Planning and Assessment with Diverse Learners EEE752
  • Becoming a Professional Educator EEE753
  • Promoting Student Wellbeing EEH730
  • Planning for Learning in Professional Experience EPR731
  • Managing Teaching in Professional Experience EPR732
  • Reflecting On Practice in Professional Experience EPR733
  • Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum EXC725
  • Plus two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a first teaching method area

    Plus two Secondary Curriculum Studies units in a second teaching method area

    Secondary Curriculum Study Units

    Teaching method area

    Discipline studied

    Curriculum studies units

    Geography

    Humanities

  • Humanities Societies and Environments A EHU701
  • Humanities Societies and Environments B EHU702
  • Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Biology

    Animal Biology

    Cell Biology

    Human Biology

    Plant Biology

    Natural History

    ESS744

    ESS767

    Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Chemistry

    Chemistry and Materials Science

    ESS744

    ESS768

    Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Environmental Science

    Environmental Science

    ESS741

    ESS742

    Mathematics

    Mathematical Modelling

    ESM724

    ESM725

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Science / Master of Teaching (Secondary)

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400510311 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D304
    CRICOS code
    089567C
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7/9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Students are required to apply for a Working with Children Check before commencing school experience in Trimester 3 of Year 3. 

    For further information contact the School of Education, Professional Experience office.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.  Some courses may have additional entry requirements. Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

    Non Year 12 Form: Applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal History online.

    All Applicants must complete an additional selection tool for non-academic attributes. Deakin University is using the CASPer assessment tool. CASPer is an online, video-scenario based situational judgement test, designed to measure non-academic suitability for teaching. 

    IELTS / English language requirements
    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.  It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Professional recognition

    Deakin is presently seeking accreditation for this course with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of the single degree.

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.
    Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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