Bachelor of Primary Education

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Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time equivalent offered over 3.5 years

Credit points


Indicative fee

CSP available (more)

Entry requirements


Overall position (OP) 2015


Rank 2015

Offered in

Semester 1


  • English (4SA)
  • Maths A, B or C (4SA)
  • an Authority Science subject (4SA)


About this program

As a primary school teacher, you will bring foundations of knowledge to young learners.

You will learn about the key disciplines that underpin the national framework for learning and teaching and how to positively apply these to students from Prep to Year 6.

You will study courses such as primary education, curriculum and education studies, and professional studies. You will develop your teaching skills in exciting and varied locations and complete an intensive internship, taking responsibility for planning, teaching and assessing students in a real school classroom.

Award majors

You may apply to study a specialisation in third and fourth years, providing you meet the academic requirements. You can choose from award majors in:

  • Health and Physical Education (Gold Coast)
  • Junior Secondary (Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast)
  • Special Needs (Mt Gravatt)*

* This award major prepares you to work as a learning specialist for students with diverse needs in regular schools, and in settings such as special schools and education units.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Primary Education is offered full-time on campus. The degree program is not designed to be taken part-time.

This 3.5 year (320 credit points) program is equivalent to a four year full-time program delivered in an accelerated mode; it includes some summer semester core courses.

As a full-time student you will generally attend 10-15 hours of scheduled classes per week throughout the semester. Classes may be scheduled during the day and evening throughout the week.

In Year 1/Semester 2; Years 2, 3 and 4/Semester 1; and Year 4/ Semester 2, you are required to undertake unpaid teaching practice and an internship which require full-time attendance at a practice location on multiple occasions. Placements may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and may be some distance from the Mt Gravatt campus.

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each semester. This may affect your entitlement to Centrelink benefits. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program are 30 credit points.

My career opportunities

As a graduate, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

You will be prepared for a career as a teacher in the public or private sector which can lead to senior positions such as a head of department or principal.

An education qualification is also a good general qualification for many areas of work. Rather than teaching in schools, you could choose to follow a different pathway, and you may find work in: training settings in industry and government, outdoor education, adult literacy, libraries, educational research, education policy, or consultancy.

Griffith University has the highest education graduate success rates in Australia. Our graduates are in demand and find employment in the independent, Catholic and state education systems in Queensland as well as overseas.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Primary Education is accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers.

To obtain registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, graduating teachers must have evidence to demonstrate that their English language proficiency meets the minimum requirements for registration.

Before I enrol

Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Information for placements within Queensland

Before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to:

  • undergo the Working with Children Check and
  • be issued with a Blue Card.

Students must hold a current valid Blue Card throughout the duration of each professional experience. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending a professional experience placement.

The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application form. Further information may be obtained from Queensland Government Blue Card Services, the Education Professional Experience Office or from any Griffith Student Centre.

Blue Card applications can be obtained from the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website and completed forms can be lodged at any Griffith Student Centre. There is no cost to a student if they apply for a student Blue Card through a Griffith Student Centre.

Information for placements in other Australian States

Commonwealth supported students

  • Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
  • Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
  • Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

  • These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:
    • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
    • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee charged is applicable to the semester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Primary Education (1050)

Year Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee per EFTSL (80 cp)
2016 FPUG Band 15C $293.75 $23,500.00
2015 FPUG Band 4 $210.00 $16,800.00
2014 FPUG Band 4 $202.00 $16,160.00


Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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