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Shape your learning experience to pursue what you love, deepen your understanding, and develop skills the world needs. Embrace the diversity of learning to confidently guide future generations.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Research, Face-to-face (includes blended), Online
Award
Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Arts
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four-year double degree that develops your worldview and the confidence to guide future generations. You’ll pursue studies that you love and be prepared to teach the arts to high school students.

Discover the different ways students learn and the best ways to teach according to current research. Use your education knowledge to strengthen your own deepening understanding of humanities, languages, and social studies.

Inspire students to never stop learning, with practical tools and interpersonal experience developed during 80 days of teaching work experience. You'll build extensive creative skills and knowledge, learning from experts in practical and theoretical classes. And with solid opportunities for industry connections, you'll develop your future career throughout the entire degree.

Key features

Work experience
Practise teaching for up to 80 days under expert supervision in at least two different high schools. The design component of this degree offers industry experiences such as internships, work placements, studio projects and networking opportunities.

Professional standards
Learn to teach to professional standards in a program accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Graduate ready to inspire high school students in a subject that you are passionate about.

Design your degree 
Personalise a degree unique to your interests, aspirations, and career goals. You can explore culture-defining knowledge that spans the humanities, languages, media, social sciences, the environment, and many more.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • NESA accredited program
  • 80 days of supervised work experience
  • Freedom to design your degree your way
  • Access established industry links and partnerships
  • A supportive, diverse, and inclusive community
Program Code
4053
CRICOS Code
075262B
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
422100
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
372

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Entry requirements

2022 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2022 A levels
13
2022 IB Diploma
29
2022 Lowest ATAR
69
    1. The 2022 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022.
    2. The 2022 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2022 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2022 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Assumed knowledge

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Study areas

Combine your interests for a unique career connected to your talents and passions. In a double degree, you focus on two areas of expertise to graduate with more knowledge, skills, and career options. Despite the name, it's not double the workload. A double degree combines the core courses from two programs. You'll graduate with two certificates sooner than studying two consecutive degrees.  

For arts, you can choose to do a double major or combine a major and a minor specialisation from the study areas listed below. See ‘Program structure’ for more information.

    • You’ll understand educational psychology, different social and Indigenous perspectives, inclusive strategies for special education, managing the classroom environment, and responding to gifted and talented students. You’ll also be able to choose an elective course in critical issues, motivation, culture, digital literacy, or communication skills. 

    • This is where it gets real. Bring your Working with Children Check and mandatory anaphylaxis training. Successfully complete two LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) tests set by NESA as part of your studies before starting your professional experiences.  

      The first professional experience is a one-day intensive orientation and online activities followed by a four-week supervised work placement. The second placement goes for nine weeks, and you’ll gradually shift towards more autonomy, responsibility, and accountability. Both placements provide you with real-world experience and supportive feedback to guide your future career. 

    • Design innovative and engaging lesson plans, incorporated with effective teaching strategies for diverse learning styles. You’ll find out how to create a safe and supportive classroom environment; and discover innovative resources that assess and improve learning. Through self- and peer evaluation you’ll understand how to present yourself in a professional manner. 

      These skills will be developed within the context of excellence in teaching visual arts to high school students. You’ll also be able to learn within an additional context of teaching graphics and multimedia technologies. 

Program structure

This program is structured to meet NSW Education Standards Authority requirements for secondary teacher accreditation and consists of 31 courses. If you study full-time, you’ll typically complete eight courses a year over four years. (Note that double degrees usually have 32 courses – in this program, the second education internship is worth two courses in one.) 

You’ll be able to shape the arts component of this double degree in a way that suits your goals. Choose two study areas from the list above, and then structure them as either two majors or as a major and minor with prescribed electives.

  • A major is a collection of courses focused on one study area. In this double degree, the arts majors have eight core courses. You can choose to have one or two arts majors in this degree.

  • A minor is a small collection of courses focused on one study area. Minors in the Bachelor of Arts component of this double degree typically have six courses. If you choose to study a major and a minor study area, you’ll need to take one or two prescribed electives to complete the full arts program.

  • In the arts component of this double degree, some courses sit outside of the major and minor study areas. These are electives and include recommended professional placements, research projects and global internships. Prescribed electives are courses that you must choose from a recommended list.

For detailed information on the full program structure, please visit the handbook. 

Future careers

Alongside the theoretical aspects of education and developing a specialisation in the arts, we place great importance on practical experience. In your final two years, you’ll develop skills in classroom competence and spend up to 80 days in supervised teaching in at least two secondary-school contexts.

Potential careers

    • High school drama teacher
    • High school English teacher
    • High school foreign language teacher
    • High school geography teacher
    • High school history teacher
    • High school Indigenous studies teacher
    • High school principal
    • High school society & culture teacher
  • Find employment anywhere in the world with an arts degree – consider NGOs, consultancies, public relations, media, creative arts, the Australian government, and so much more.

    • Academic
    • Activist
    • Actor
    • Advocate
    • Diplomat
    • Gallery manager
    • Government administrator
    • International representative
    • Journalist
    • Public servant
    • Publisher
    • Research assistant
    • Set manager
    • Writer

Accreditation

This degree is accredited by NSW Education Standards Authority as an initial teaching qualification for both government and non-government secondary schools throughout Australia and is widely accepted as a teaching qualification internationally.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$6,895*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$39,950*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$164,890*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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