Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science

Course summary for local 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$8,218 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

Clearly-in ATAR
Burwood (Melbourne): 61.20
CRICOS course code073787M
VTAC Codes1400514621 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D351

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.

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.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying (FFP)
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

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

This information is provided as 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.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this course you will be eligible to gain employment as a secondary teacher in all states and territories in Australia. You may also find employment in Australia and overseas in management, a range of science-related industries, government departments, university research, TAFE and adult community educational institutions, health and welfare organisations, private academies and agencies, in public sector positions such as conservation groups and other research positions in a variety of organisations.

For more information go to My Course My Career

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

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.

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

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 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.

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.