Bachelor of Secondary Education

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time equivalent offered over 3.5 years

Credit points


Commencing in

For Continuing Students Only

About this program

Through this degree, you will develop the skills and knowledge for a career in two teaching areas of your choice at secondary level.

You will undertake practicums in secondary schools and receive significant off-campus professional experience to develop your practical teaching skills and ensure that you become competent and confident in classroom teaching.

Teaching areas

You can select two of the following teaching areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry (must be combined with Biology or Mathematics)
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physics (must be combined with Mathematics)
  • Visual Arts

It is advisable to select teaching areas that you have successfully studied in your senior schooling.

Learning Support specialisation

You may choose to select one of the above teaching areas and complete a Learning Support specialisation, which gives you the specialist skills related to providing learning support across the curriculum to students with additional needs. By taking this option, you will graduate with one curriculum-related teaching area and also be qualified to advise secondary teachers in their planning and be able to teach in secondary special education settings.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Secondary Education program is offered full-time and delivery of most courses are on-campus at Mt Gravatt. Some teaching areas in Year 1 and Year 2 will require students to attend Nathan or South Bank campuses.

The duration of this program (that is, 3.5 years full-time) is equivalent to a four year full-time program delivered in an accelerated mode which includes some trimester 3 core courses.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Students will undertake 81 days of supervised professional practice in school settings and 20 days of wider professional experience.

My career opportunities

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

You will be qualified to work in public and private secondary schools, nationally and internationally, teaching your chosen subject areas.

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

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.

Students wishing to seek teacher registration in another state should seek advice from that state's appropriate professional body.

Program accreditation

The Bachelor of Secondary 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.

Students wishing to seek teacher registration in another state should seek advice from that state's appropriate professional body.

Professional Practice requirements

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 submit a Blue Card application. 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 must be submitted online by the student via the Queensland Government Blue Card Services website. There is no fee for a student Blue Card.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts 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.
Tuition fees
  • 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 is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Secondary Education (1051)

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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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