Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

4 years full-time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$31,000 AUD
CRICOS course code073787M
IELTS Requirement

IELTS band score of 7 with no band less than 6.5

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 61.20
Deakin course code D351
VTAC Codes1400514623 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s innovative Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science degree provides graduates with a full science degree and a complete secondary teaching qualification.

It will prepare you for a career in science education, but also provide career flexibility through the widening field of science communication, and science-related industries. 

The flexible course structure gives you the opportunity to pursue two major study areas. Discipline and elective units in a variety of contemporary teaching fields – such as animal biology, cell biology, human biology, chemistry, mathematical modelling, natural history, and environmental science – will help you to build a breadth of knowledge in areas of interest.  In addition to specialising in two major study areas the Bachelor of Science degree component of the course requires you to complete at least one unit in each of the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, environmental studies mathematics and a unit on the history and philosophy of science. This will give you a broad knowledge base in science which represents a key skill in most science careers and particularly in the career field of science teaching.

The course places great emphasis on industry experience and innovative teaching practices, and has a strong focus on integrating the traditional disciplines with vocational education and training.

The course includes 80 days of supervised school experience. Some of this experience may take place in non-school settings, consistent with current directions advocated by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Cloud (online) studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Professional recognition

This program is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) as an initial teacher education program against the Australian professional standards for teachers. Graduates of this course who are intending to apply for registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) may be required to provide further information. You are advised to check the VIT registration requirements carefully.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science, students must complete 32 credit points as follows:


Students must complete 16 credit points of units comprising:

  • 11 core units
  • Either ESS439 Issues in Science and Environmental Education OR ESM415 Problem Solving and Modelling in the Mathematics Classroom (ESM415 final year of offer 2015 - Students to select ESS439 from 2016)
  • 2 curriculum study units in a first teaching method area
  • 2 curriculum study units in a second teaching method area

The Education component of this course includes 80 days of supervised professional experience.


Students must complete 16 credit points of units comprising:

  • 6 core units
  • Either SLE133 Chemistry in Our World (for students who did not complete Year 12 Chemistry) or SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences (for students who completed Year 12 Chemistry)
  • SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit; must be completed before classes commence)
  • STP010 Induction to Work Placements (0 credit point compulsory unit)
  • 6 credit point Science major sequence
  • 3 credit points in a single discipline area of another approved Science major sequence

Course structure

Year 1

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

SEP122Physics for the Life Sciences

SIT191Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE133Chemistry in Our World


SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

2 credit points of Science units in your chosen areas of teaching method study

Year 2

EES200Communicating Science


SLE103Ecology and the Environment

SLE209History and Philosophy of Science

SLE352Community Science Project

3 credit points of Science units in your chosen areas of teaching method study

Year 3

EEH531Promoting Student Wellbeing

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

6 credit points of Science units in your chosen areas of teaching method study

Year 4

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

ESM415Unit description is currently unavailable (Final year of offer 2015 - Students to select ESS439 from 2016)


ESS439Issues in Science and Environmental Education

ESS415Resources in the Contemporary Science Curriculum

EXC425Literacy and Numeracy Across the Curriculum

EXC440Teaching for Diversity

2 credit points of Science units in your chosen areas of teaching method study

Course map

Teaching method area

Discipline studies units

Curriculum studies units

Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Biology

Animal Biology

Cell Biology

Human Biology

Plant Biology

Natural History

ESS444 *


Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Chemistry

Chemistry and Materials Science

ESS444 *


Science (Secondary Senior), specialist science area Environmental Science

Environmental Science




Mathematical Modelling



* Students choosing both of Biology and Chemistry as their two teaching methods should also undertake curriculum study unit ESS441 for their second method area.

Course Map

Course Map

Detailed course rules

Satisfactory completion of this course requires students to choose Science units that are in recognised areas of teaching method study.

For the 6 credit point major sequence, students must choose an approved Science major sequence recognised for discipline study in the first teaching method area:

  • Senior Secondary in specialist science area Biology (Major in one of Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Plant Biology, Human Biology, Natural History)
  • Senior Secondary in specialist science area Chemistry (Major in Chemistry and Material Science)
  • Senior Secondary in specialist science area Environmental Science (Major in Environmental Science)
  • Mathematics (Major in Mathematical Modelling)

(Note: students who did not complete Year 12 Chemistry may not undertake Chemistry as a first teaching method.)

The remaining 3 credit points of Science units constitute the discipline studies for the second teaching method area.

No more than one Biology major sequence area may be studied in this course.

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses can be found at International Students - Apply site (Step 3).
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or equivalent.  Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination ) of General Mathematics or Maths: Mathematical Methods or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; and a study score of at least 35 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Provision is made for an intake of mature-age or special-entry applicants. Refer to the relevant Courses section in the Handbook for Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment for the Bachelor of Science, and the VTAC Guide for special requirements.


IELTS / English language requirements

An applicant for registration as a teacher must meet the standards of competence in both written and oral communication in the English language.
If you completed all four years of the higher education study required for registration in English at an institution in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, The United States of America, Canada or the Republic of Ireland, you will meet the requirements for English language competence.

For International students: If you did not complete all four years of the higher education study you are presenting for consideration for registration as outlined above, you will be required to undertake one of the approved English language tests.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for entry to the Graduate Certificate of Education and Master of Education courses. Also eligible to apply for Bachelor of Science (Honours).

Working with Children Check

The Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.) requires a person who engages in child-related work, as defined in the Act, to obtain an assessment notice under the Act, known as a Working with Children Check (WWCC). The Act is administered by the Department of Justice:

Professional experience placements in schools in the course of a university degree are “child-related work”. Under the Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic.), administered by the Department of Justice, a student teacher must obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) before commencing school experience placements in a school. The WWCC must remain current throughout the course. It is an offence under the Act to engage in school experience without holding a WWCC.

Students will not be allowed to commence school experience in any school in Victoria until a Working with Children Check is obtained. The Department of Education has requested that on the application form a student nominates the University as the (or one of the) employers. The University will then be sent a copy of the assessment notice. Because the University needs to assure a school that a student placed at the school has a current Working with Children Check, each student must give their authority to provide the assurance - a student will be required to sign an authority for the University to inform a school that a WWCC has or has not been obtained.

While the University will hold on file documentation relating to the WWCCs obtained by students engaged in school experience, it is each student’s responsibility to ensure that he or she can produce the WWCC card to the school upon request and to keep the WWCC current under the Act.

Students are required to apply for a WWCC through a participating Australia Post outlet (which can be found on the Australia Post website or the Department of Justice website) and provide proof to the faculty that the WWCC has been undertaken.

Should a student fail to obtain a WWCC, practical training in a school will not be provided, and as practical training is a requirement for completion of a teaching degree, the student may be unable to complete the degree. Should such a situation arise, the University will provide advice on options for tertiary study.

It is the responsibility of students undertaking placements outside Victoria to enquire about and, where necessary, to meet any similar legislative or other requirements concerning working with children.

Professional experience requirements

Professional experience within the Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science will be embedded within the Education Major units(EPP101 [EPP101 is coursework only from 2015], EPP102, EPP207, EPP304, EPP305, EPP406), the first of which will run in the second Trimester of the first year of this course. This enables students to build up skills in teaching in schools setting over the length of the course as well as gaining greater opportunities to connect theory with practice.

Students are required for registration purposes (and for the award of the degree) to have completed over the duration of their course a minimum of 80 days of supervised school experience. Students should ensure they are conversant with the Standards for Graduating Students as required by the Victorian Institute of Teaching. The school experience is organised by the Professional Experience Office and students do not make contact with schools regarding placements under any circumstances.

Students should note that normally any paid or unpaid work undertaken in a school as an unqualified teacher/teacher’s aide will not be recognised for credit transfer for supervised school experience for this course. Students may be required to complete the school experience component of the course outside the academic year. A satisfactory level of teaching competence during supervised school experience is required for award of the degree. An “unsatisfactory” result on any school experience placement will be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee.

Graduates of an accredited teaching course should note that teacher registration is required in Victoria and is administered by the Victorian Institute of Teaching under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.). Prospective students should acquaint themselves with the requirements for registration in Victoria or in any other relevant location. These requirements include the ability to satisfy the Standards for Graduating Students (available at:

Professional Experience enrolment

Students must follow Faculty requirements in relation to the number of days of school experience to be completed for each placement as per the Professional Experience Handbook (available from the campus of enrolment) which includes the published school experience timetable. Students should note that a ‘day’ constitutes a whole school day (not part thereof).

The Professional Experience Handbook is available at Information contained in the Handbook is updated annually and is a summary of Faculty requirements in relation to school experience.

Professional Experience units

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

EPP101Teacher-Learner Identity [Coursework only from 2015]

EPP102Learning-Teaching Communities

10 days


10 days

EPP304Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

15 days

EPP305Policy, Schooling and Society

10 days

EPP406Professional Identity and Curriculum Work

35 days in total

To pass the units listed above pre-service teachers must successfully complete the unit work assignment component, submitting and passing the unit’s associated assessment pieces; and successfully complete the appropriate professional experience days based in school/s.

The professional experience component is assessed primarily by the supervising classroom teacher in consultations with the pre-service teacher. Satisfactory completion of the professional experience component within each education studies/professional experience unit is compulsory in order for the student to progress.