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Course overview


This course is for students wishing to qualify as primary school teachers and teach children aged 5 to 11 years (School grades Pre-Primary to Year 6).

All students will graduate with an Honours degree, reflecting the demands of professional teachers who need to be knowledgeable, competent and confident practitioners and decision-makers working in complex and demanding settings in contemporary classrooms and schools. The final year of the course will include an extended professional experience placement in a school, as well as a 24-Credit point Honours Project.

The course will also provide all graduates with a recognised Primary Specialisation, as required for the accreditation of all primary education courses in Australia, and students will be offered a choice of specialisations.

The specialisation and the honours component will equip graduates to be profession-ready, responsive and resilient teachers who are able to register as teachers in Western Australia, all other national jurisdictions, and global jurisdictions which recognise Australian initial teacher education qualifications.

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Course code
Current / 2024
Administered by
School of Graduate School of Education
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Gemma Scarparolo

Course details

Credit points required
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
192 points comprising 32 six-point units. Students normally take eight units each year, four in each semester.
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries:
Attendance type
Full- or part-time
Delivery mode
Standard full-time completion
4 years
Standard part-time completion
8 years (maximum 12 years)
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Majors available

MJD-PEDUC Primary Education

Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
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Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.



1. These rules are the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) Course Rules.

Terms Used

2. The Glossary provides an explanation of the terms used in these rules.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

3.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

4.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in an undergraduate degree course of the University for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module), Communication and Research Skills (the CARS module) and Indigenous Studies Essentials (the ISE module) in the teaching period in which they are first enrolled.

(2) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

(3) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module, the CARS module or the ISE module is not required to repeat the relevant module.

English Language competency requirements

5.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants with qualifications from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction must provide evidence of English Language Competence. Applicants presenting with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test require an overall score of at least 7.5, a minimum score of 7.0 in the Reading and Writing bands, and a minimum score of 8.0 in the Listening and Speaking bands.

(3) A result obtained by completing the Special Tertiary Admissions (STAT) test may be used to apply for admission to this course, but only where all components of the STAT test are completed and the applicant is seeking admission to a Commonwealth supported place in the course.

Admission requirements

6.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) achieved an ATAR of at least 75, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;


(b) an assured pathway offer;


(c) Achieved a score of at least 100 in UWA's experienced based entry assessment;


(d) a place in a relevant UWA access program.


(2) (i) At least 2 years of relevant work and/or voluntary experience where teaching and learning occurs, or training, assessment and development occurs, including, but not limited to:

• educational support roles

• educational assistant

• Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer

• tutor

• learning advisor

• coach or mentor

• education officer – e.g. museum, art gallery

• casual or relief teacher

• language assistant,

• and/or any relevant setting where teaching and learning occurs, or training, assessment and development occurs), and/or

(ii) Relevant qualifications related to teaching, learning, training, assessment and development including, but not limited to:

• Certificate III in School Based Education Support

• Certificate IV in School Based Education Support

• Diploma of School Age Education and Care

• Graduate Certificate in Education

• Certificate III in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

• Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; and

(iii) Applicants may need to attend a structured interview by the school in which eligible applicants will be assessed to meet requisite skills and knowledge for entry into the course.

Admission ranking and selection

7. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA

(b) an interview if required

Transfer Requirements

8.(1) A student enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UWA may apply to transfer into this course if they satisfy the following conditions:

(a) the student has not commenced their final semester of enrolment;


(b) the course transfer is undertaken within the specified transfer windows in each academic year;


(c) there are no quotas preventing the student from enrolling in a major or unit in which the student seeks to enrol; and
(2) the student has completed a minimum of 24 points of study in their current course and achieved a WAM of at least 50

Course structure

9.(1) An integrated Honours Degree Course consists of 192 credit points (normally 32 units), comprising:

(a) 144 credit points (normally 24 units) of an undergraduate component, including:

(i) no more than 72 credit points (normally 12 units) at Level 1; and

(ii) at least 72 credit points (normally 12 units) at Level 2 and Level 3, including at least 18 credit points (normally 3 units) at Level 3; and

(iii) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) outside the student's degree-specific major to provide breadth of study; and

(iv) a degree-specific major chosen from the list below:

MJD-PEDUC Primary Education


(v) any relevant foundation units.


(b) 48 credit points (normally 8 units) of an Honours component, including:

(i) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) at Level 4 and Level 5; and

(ii) at least 24 credit points (normally 4 units) of Dissertation or equivalent units at Level 4 and/or Level 5; and

(iii) at least 12 credit points (normally 2 units) of the 48 credit points are undertaken at Level 4.

(2) Students are not able to take additional majors or minors in this course.

(3) students must successfully complete all units in Years 1 - 3 of the course before progressing to Year 4 units

Satisfactory progress

10.(1) To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) This rule is intentionally blank.

(3) A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) in any one or more of the CARS module or the ISE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress.

(4) A student who fails a unit twice is not permitted to enrol again in that unit unless the relevant board approves otherwise.

Progress status

11.(1) A student who makes satisfactory progress is assigned the status of 'Good Standing'.

(2) Unless the relevant board determines otherwise because of exceptional circumstances —

(a) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the first time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation';

(b) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the second time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Suspended';

(c) a student who does not make satisfactory progress for the third time under Rule 10(1) is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded';

(d) a student who does not make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(3) is assigned a progress status of 'On Probation' unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to make satisfactory progress under Rule 10(1).


12. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).

Final honours classification

13. The final honours classification is awarded in accordance with the University Policy on: Assessment.

Additional rules
Inherent Requirement Domains

14. students must meet the Inherent Requirement Domains for an Iniital Teacher Education Professional Practice before being able to complete a professional practice placement


15. students must obtain a Nationally Co-ordinated Criminal History Check and a Working With Children Check before being able to work with children

Honours Project

16. The unit EDUC4014 Honours Project must be undertaken in the same discipline area as the chosen Primary Specialisation, as indicated by the two Option units completed in the third year of the BH020 course.