Graduate Certificate of Secondary Science

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Certificate of Secondary Science supports the professional studies of current teachers in the secondary teaching areas of science education to further their knowledge.

Domestic student information

Key facts


1 year part-time


Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

This course is designed to support the professional studies of current (and often out-of-field) teachers in the secondary teaching areas of Science Education to further their knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and practical skills that support their practice as Science teachers in secondary school contexts. Graduates of this degree are supported to move into new areas of teaching beyond those recognised through their initial teacher education degree.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Secondary Science, students must attain 4 credit points.

The course comprises a total of 4 credit points including:

  • 4 credit points of core units (ETM705, ETM706, ETM707, ETM708)
  • AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core Units

  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Knowledge for Teaching Science 7-10: Biological Science
  • Knowledge for Teaching Science 7-10: Chemical Science
  • Knowledge for Teaching Science 7-10: Earth and Space Science
  • Knowledge for Teaching Science 7-10: Physical Science
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Secondary Science

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    The course is approved by the University pursuant to the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    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:
      • Cloud Campus

    This course is offered in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training (DET).

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include online and/or intensive seminars (face-to-face) and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period for each credit point undertaking required teaching, learning and assessment activities.

    Participation requirements

    Course delivery is blended and students are required to dedicate time to weekly engagement with located or cloud teaching and learning activities and resources. This is recommended at combined total 8-10 hours per week per unit including active learning/engagement either face to face or online, and independent study.

    For each unit, students are required to participate actively in 5 x 6 hour intensive learning experiences with additional online learning opportunities and two assessment tasks.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum course entry requirements

    • Bachelor degree or higher in the field of Education that is a recognised initial teacher qualification for the purpose of registration as a primary or secondary teacher in Australia

    Additional entry information

    • Applicants will be qualified teachers, or eligible to become registered teachers in Australia.

    For all applicant enquiries into this course please contact:

    Ms Amanda Peters
    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts and Education
    +61 3 924 45596

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    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

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

    Entry pathways

    Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Secondary Mathematics you may be eligible to articulate into the Master of Education.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888

    Ms Amanda Peters
    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts and Education
    +61 3 924 45596


    Career outcomes

    The course allows currently qualified teachers to expand their career opportunities and move into a 7-10 science teaching role.

    For more information go to 'DeakinTALENT '

    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.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Synthesise key disciplinary concepts, multimodal literacies, and investigative practices relevant to the teaching of secondary sciences and apply these to the teaching and learning of contemporary issues and sustainable practices in science.


    Generate and employ a range of communication strategies to interpret and translate complex knowledge to support engagement with learning in science education in diverse settings.

    Digital literacy

    Design, apply, and evaluate digital technologies to flexibly develop students' digital skills to understand science concepts and practices. 

    Critical thinking

    Critically analyse and flexibly respond to diverse individual student needs and school contexts to design and implement strategies supporting a culture of interest in and learning of secondary science.

    Problem solving

    Evaluate the diverse learning needs of students interpreting curriculum requirements and contemporary practice principles to generate and implement science teaching and learning sequences.

    Global Citizenship

    Formulate and implement inclusive teaching and learning strategies that respond to the cultural diversity of students and empower them to participate as ethical and informed citizens in a global context.  

    Approved by Faculty Board October 2020