The Bachelor of Education Studies, Bachelor of General Science requires four years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time). The course is offered by the Faculty of Education, Humanities and Law.

This double degree is only available to transfer into after at least 72 units of study have been attempted (excluding topics for which a Withdraw, Not Fail (WN) has been recorded) in the Bachelor of Education (Primary R-7), Bachelor of General Science.

Students who complete this degree will NOT meet the professional experience requirements to qualify for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.

Students in the Bachelor of Education (Primary R-7), Bachelor of General Science are reminded that they may choose to exit with a Bachelor of Education Studies after 108 units (three years of full-time study or the equivalent part-time), if the units required for that degree have been completed.

Course aims

Learning outcomes

Program of study


Course aims

The course aims to produce graduates with a sound basis of knowledge in their chosen areas of study in the Bachelor of General Science together with graduates who:

  • have the cognitive skills to critically review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge;
  • are able to apply their knowledge creatively and skilfully in a variety of settings;
  • are able to communicate effectively;
  • are able to work both independently and collaboratively;
  • have the capacity to undertake ongoing study through a variety of pathways;
  • have developed knowledge and skills in at least two school curriculum learning areas.

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes of the Bachelor of General Science, including the ability to: understand the role of science in society, operate within the relevant regulatory frameworks and value ethical behaviour in scholarship and professional activity; analyse and critically evaluate ideas and data and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems; retrieve and communicate scientific information and findings to a variety of audiences; and apply the theories, subject content and professional methodologies in the science disciplines they have studied to an education setting;
  • apply educational theory, knowledge and understanding to make informed professional judgements in diverse educational situations;
  • communicate effectively with a variety of audiences for a range of purposes about matters relevant to the education of children and young people;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills that provide a foundation for being able to work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues to achieve high quality, equitable outcomes for young people and the wider community;
  • acquire a knowledge and understanding of the content, context and processes of learning and teaching;
  • use a wide range of literacies with confidence and competence;
  • develop the metacognitive skills to engage critically in the complex thinking required in learning and teaching;
  • establish a firm educational foundation for ongoing professional development and lifelong learning.

Program of study

To qualify for the Bachelor of Education Studies, Bachelor of General Science, a student must complete 144 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, as follows:

  • 72 units of Education (EDUC) topics, comprising 9 units of first year topics and 63 units of upper level topics as set out below:

Year 1 topics

 EDUC1120  Teaching and Educational Contexts  (4.5 units)
 EDUC1222  English Curriculum Studies 1  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

 EDUC2322  Learners and their Development (Primary)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC2422  Mathematics Curriculum Studies  (4.5 units)
 EDUC2420  Teaching Indigenous Australian Students (4.5 units)

Year 3 and 4 topics

 EDUC3523  Expressive Arts Curriculum Studies: Visual Art, Drama, Media, Music and Dance  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3524  Health and Physical Education Curriculum Studies  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3620  Relationships for Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3624  Science and Design & Technology Curriculum Studies  (4.5 units)
 EDUC3625  Numeracy and ICT Across the Curriculum  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4721  Differentiation for Diverse Learners (Primary)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4725  English Curriculum Studies 2  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4726  Social Sciences Curriculum Studies: History and Geography  (4.5 units)

Plus select 13.5 units from:

 EDUC4831  Exploring Literacies and Intercultural Contexts in Languages Pedagogy (Primary R-7)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4834  Planning for Contextual Teaching (Primary)  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4835  Educating Gifted and Creative Learners  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4836  Partnerships, Parents and Participation  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4837  Researching with Young Children  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4840  Myth, Magic & Mystery: Psychological Insights into the World of the Child  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4841  Teaching and Living in Rural Communities  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4842  Promoting Positive Peer Relations & Wellbeing: Reducing bullying amongst children and young people  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4844  Leading Literacy Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4846  Holistic Teaching and Learning  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4847  Positive Mental Health in School Communities  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4850  Special Interest in Education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4850A  Special Interest in Education  (4.5 units)
 EDUC4881  Studies of Asia Across the Curriculum: An Introduction  (4.5 units)
 EDUC9701  Effective Use of ICT for Learning and Teaching  (4.5 units)
 HLPE3534  Introduction to Sport Coaching, Management and Administration  (4.5 units)
 VISA3404  Visual Thinking and Creativity  (4.5 units)

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same EDUC topic on more than one occasion may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

  • 72 units of Science topics as set out below:
  • 36 units comprising any two General Science groups below
  • 27 units of Science topics at level 2000 or above subject to pre-requisites*
  • 9 units of Science topics*

*Science topics can be any topics for which the prerequisites are met from the following prefix groups: BIOL, BIOD, BTEC, CHEM, COMP, CTEC, EASC, ENGR, ENVS, FACH, GEOG, MATH, NANO, NMCY, PHYS or STAT.

General Science Groups#

# where a topic is counted towards more than one group students must pick an extra first year science elective in its place.

GROUP 1 Mathematical Sciences

18 units comprising:

STAT1121 Data Science (4.5 units)
STAT1132 Statistics 1 (4.5 units)
MATH1701 Mathematic Fundamentals A (4.5 units) and
MATH1702 Mathematic Fundamentals B (4.5 units)**

MATH1121 Mathematics 1A (4.5 units) and
MATH1122 Mathematics 1B (4.5 units)

** Students without Year 12 mathematics must choose this pair of MATH1701 and MATH1702

GROUP 2 Biological Sciences

18 units comprising:

BIOL1101 Evolution of Biological Diversity (4.5 units)
BIOL1102 Molecular Basis of Life (4.5 units)

CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units) Or
CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)***
CHEM1202 Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4.5 units)

EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences (4.5 units) and
EASC1102 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)

*** Students without Year 12 Chemistry must choose CHEM1201 General Chemistry

GROUP 3 Earth and Environmental Sciences

18 units comprising:

EASC1101 Earth and Environmental Sciences (4.5 units)
EASC1102 Marine Sciences (4.5 units)
GEOG1001 Environment and Society (4.5 units)
GEOG1003 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems  (4.5 units)

GROUP 4 Technological Sciences

Select 18 units from:

COMP1001 Fundamentals of Computing (4.5 units)
Fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology (4.5 units)
COMP1102 Computer Programming 1 (4.5 units)
ENGR1201 Electronics (4.5 units)
ENGR1711 Engineering Design (4.5 units)

GROUP 5: Chemical and Physical Sciences

18 units comprising:

CHEM1101 Chemical Structure and Bonding (4.5 units)
CHEM1102 Modern Chemistry (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units from:

CHEM1201 General Chemistry (4.5 units)^
PHYS1701 Physics for the Modern World (4.5 units)
PHYS1101 Fundamental Physics I (4.5 units)
PHYS1102 Fundamental Physics II (4.5 units)

^ Students without Year 12 Chemistry must choose CHEM1201 General Chemistry as their option before enrolling in CHEM1101 and CHEM1102