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On campus, External/Online


2020 – 15/66

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The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is a four-year course, and is available on both a full time and part time basis

The course provides initial teacher education for people who wish to work in secondary years (Years 7-12) school classroom settings. It contains four strands: Christian Studies, Education Studies, Discipline Studies (including Discipline Content and Curriculum and Pedagogy) and Professional Experiences.

Students in the course complete two teaching areas of 6 units each.

The maximum time allowed for the completion of the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) is 10 years. Extensions beyond this time may be approved where extenuating circumstances exist.

Course admission information, including the OP/selection rank, and student profile for the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) can be found here.

  • Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • Accredited by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as meeting the qualification requirement for registration as a teacher in all states and territories of Australia, and appears on the AITSL Accredited Programs List.
  • Approved for offering to overseas students and appears on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
  • Approved for HECS-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Teacher – Secondary (Years 7-12) in the nominated teaching areas

Admission Criteria


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Applicants who have completed secondary education in the last two years and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

Information on our Rank Adjustment Schemes 2021 HERE

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study of at least a completed Certificate III (with a GPA of at least 4.0, where applicable) and who are aged 17 years or over, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

Applicants with completed higher education study, and applicants with higher education study of at least one semester (full-time equivalent) who wish to transfer to or within CHC, are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.

Applicants with work and life experience who demonstrate readiness for higher education, including successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT), are eligible for admission to this course. Additional admission criteria apply.


English language proficiency requirements apply to all domestic and overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language. The minimum English language proficiency requirements for entry to the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) are as follows:

EXAMINATION Minimum Requirement
IELTS (Academic) 7.5 (at least 8.0 for Listening and Speaking; at least 7.0 for reading and Writing)
ISLPR 4 (in each of the areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing)
The ISLPR test will only be accepted if it has been administered by ISLPR Language Services, Mt Gravatt, Queensland.
English test results must be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.
The English language proficiency requirements as stated above will apply to all domestic and overseas applicants who do not have English as a first language with the exception of those students who are admitted via the following English admission pathway:
Satisfactory completion within the past five years (from Canada [excluding Quebec], New Zealand, Australia, Republic of Ireland, United States or United Kingdom) of senior secondary or accredited higher education sector studies of at least two years (full-time equivalent).
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School-based placements

School-based teaching placements create authentic learning experiences and are integral to shaping teaching practice.

CHC’s teacher education courses incorporate mandatory school-based professional experience placements (PEP) over the duration of the course.

Course PEP Internship
Bachelor of Education: Primary & Secondary 85 days 30 days
Mater of Teaching: Primary & Secondary 85 days NA

Placements are undertaken across a diversity of contexts including 20 days in a regional location


The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) consists of 4 strands: Christian Studies, Education Studies, Discipline Studies (including Discipline Content, and Curriculum and Pedagogy) and Professional Experience.

As part of their Discipline Content studies, students complete 6 units in each of 2 teaching areas.

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) is a school-based program in which students complete 80 days of practicum and 30+ days of internship, which provides for the number of days of supervised experience required by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) for registration. This consists of 4 PEP blocks, each of 4 weeks in duration, with a full day orientation prior to the block, and an internship block, of at least 6 weeks, with a full day orientation prior to the internship. Students undertake their PEP placements in a range of schools with which CHC has established partnerships over many years. These are predominantly Christian schools in south-east Queensland. Students are required to hold a valid Blue Card in order to engage in PEP.

In planning their courses, students must consult the Education Courses Guide for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Students complete six units in each of two teaching areas chosen from the following:

Teaching areas are offered for the following subjects:


All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.

Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.

You can see what you study costs will be by clicking the link below.

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CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.

The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.

Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.

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