Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching

Course Code 4400
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus, cross-institutional distance education required for some units

Location Lake Macquarie

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The BSc/BTch is for those wanting to teach in Christian, independent and state school systems in both Australia and overseas. Avondale's BSc/BTch is a highly practical degree that is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills for a career in secondary science and mathematics teaching. 

What makes Avondale's teaching degrees practical is that you will engage in classroom experiences from your second year of full time study. These are undertaken in a variety of relevant learning environments to enable the application of theory in a practical setting. You may also have the opportunity to travel overseas and gain teaching experience in a developing country.


Career Opportunities


BSc/BTch graduates leave with the skills and potential to gain employment as a:

  • Special education teacher
  • Secondary school administrator

Admission Criteria


ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

ATAR of 63.00+ (or equivalent e.g. OP of 15 or less)

Working with Children Check will be required prior to completing the first professional teaching experience scheduled after semester 3. While this may take up to ten weeks to be processed all students will need to have completed this as soon as possible in order to progress in their course.

All students are required to successfully pass the National Literacy and Numeracy test to be allowed to participate in their final placement scheduled after semester 7. While this is not an admission requirement it is a requirement that will need to be passed to enable all students to graduate from this course.

The following requirements for admission are related to specific major/minor teaching areas.

Chemistry (major/minor)

  • Recent HSC Chemistry (or equivalent) OR recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics AND
  • HSC Mathematics (or equivalent) OR recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics

Mathematics (major/minor)

  • Recent HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (or equivalent), or recommendation from the School of Science and Mathematics.

Physics (major/minor)

  • Recent HSC Physics (or equivalent) OR recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics AND
  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (or equivalent) OR recommendation of the School of Science and Mathematics

WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

If your ATAR is below 63.00 (or equivalent), you may still be able to gain entry into this degree on a provisional basis. Previous work experience and educational qualifications will also be considered upon application.

Alternative admission may be obtained by one or more of the following methods:

  • Previous post-secondary qualifications,
  • Appropriate scores in the uniTEST and the Tertiary Online Written Assessment (TOWA),
  • Special consideration (disadvantaging factors impacting on Year 12 results).

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Overseas applicants will have their qualifications assessed by Avondale Admissions in line with the Admission Policy for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=  Overseas applicants are also required to satisfy Australian Government visa requirements http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=Mzg3

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English as per the Admission to Higher Education policy found at http://www.avondale.edu.au/about/policies/display/?s=MjQ=


Course Structure


Course Duration: Four years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study Mode: On-campus, cross-institutional distance education required for some units
Maximum time to complete: Ten years

The BSc/BTch is composed of 32 units (192 credit points) of study over eight semesters, combining studies in science and mathematics with studies in education. The BSc strand contributes 96 credit points and the BTch strand contributes 96 credit points to the combined degree. All units are worth six credit points.

TEACHING FIELDS

The following major and minor teaching fields are available in the BSc/BTch degree:

Majors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Minors

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Technology
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

A major constitutes a first teaching field and a minor a second teaching field.

The BSc/BTch course is designed to successfully prepare Secondary teachers in the Science related teaching fields. It consists of thirty-two 6 credit point units (192 credit points) studied over eight semesters full-time or the equivalent part-time. A full year of discipline only units (non-teacher education studies) is completed prior to the first scheduled professional teaching experience in compliance with GTIL 1.1 . The course composition is set out below.

Title of Course of Study: Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching (BSc/BTch)

The course structure is based on eight semesters (each of 13 weeks in duration), with four units normally taught in each semester. The course is comprised of:

  • 16 Education Units (12 Core Education Units + 4 Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units)
  • 16 Discipline Units (This can be completed in different ways and is shown below)

Secondary Students within the BSc/BTch normally complete their discipline units as shown below:

8 x Units to make up a major in one area of study
4 x Units to make up a minor in a second area of study
2 x Science Elective Units (depending on combination of major and minor chosen)
1 x Core Mathematics Unit (Students doing a Mathematics major or minor replace this core with a third elective)
1 x Core Discipline Unit

UNIT SEQUENCE

Year 1

Semester 1

  • BSc Major 1
  • BSc Minor 1
  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing
  • EDUC10101 Developing Literacy & Numeracy for Teachers

Semester 2

  • BSc Major 2
  • BSc Minor 2
  • BSc  Maths Core
  • EDUC13101 Developing Your Core Competencies

Year 2

Semester 1

  • BSc Major 3
  • BSc Minor 3
  • EDUC23100 Introduction to Teaching
  • EDUC20101 Relationships & Development

Professional Teaching Experience 1 (July - 15 days)

Semester 2

  • BSc Major 4
  • BSc Elective
  • EDUC25101 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Secondary I
  • EDUC25102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Secondary II

Professional Teaching Experience II (February - 10 days)

Year 3

Semester 1

  • BSc Major 5
  • BSc Elective
  • EDUC23101 Managing the Secondary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC351... (Year long)
  • EDUC351... (Year long)

Professional Teaching Experience III (July - 15 days)

Semester 2

  • BSc Major 6
  • BSc Major 7
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian World-view
  • EDUC351... (Year Long)
  • EDUC351... (Year Long)

Professional Experience IV (February - 10 days)

Year 4

Semester 1

  • BSc Major 8
  • BSc Minor 4
  • EDUC33101 Promoting Health & Wellbeing in Schools
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace

Professional Experience V (July - 30 days)

Semester 2

  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural & Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30104 Professional Development: Research & Pastoral Care
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education

Secondary Teaching areas of study include:

Biology, Chemistry, Food Technology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics.

COMPONENTS AND DESCRIPTION

Core Education Units

These units cover a range of current educational topics designed to prepare pre-service teachers to successfully teach young people. These units involve a variety of topics including: Classroom Management; Relationships & Development; and Students with Special Education Needs.

Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

These units provide pre-service teachers with the opportunity to apply quality-teaching principles to specific teaching areas. Literacy education, classroom safety, curriculum development, ICT and teaching strategies are each dealt with specifically for normally two chosen teaching areas.

Secondary Major

Students complete eight units in one area of study to complete a major

Secondary Minor

Students complete four units in a second area of study to complete a minor. Minors from other degrees may be available, subject to timetable constraints and with the approval of the Course Convenor of the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching and the Course Convenor of the Bachelor of Science.

Science Elective Units

Students are able to choose up to two 6 credit point units in the discipline of science as electives.

Core Mathematics Unit

Students complete a mathematics core unit to provide essential background knowledge for other science units. Students completing a Mathematics major or minor replace this core unit with a third elective.

Core Discipline Unit

All students complete Foundations of Wellbeing (WHPE10101).This unit is a core discipline unit for all Secondary students in a combined degree and provides students with a foundational understanding of holistic health.

CONTENT OF THE COURSE OF STUDY- All units are worth 6 Credit Points unless otherwise stated

Core Education Units

  • EDUC10101 Developing Literacy and Numeracy for Teachers
  • EDUC13101 Developing Your Core Competencies
  • EDUC20100 Exploring a Christian Worldview
  • EDUC20101 Relationships & Development
  • EDUC23100 Introduction to Teaching
  • EDUC23101 Managing the Secondary Classroom Environment
  • EDUC30101 Professional Development: Preparation for the Workplace
  • EDUC30102 Students with Special Education Needs
  • EDUC30103 Multicultural and Indigenous Education
  • EDUC30104 Professional Development: Research & Pastoral Care
  • EDUC30105 Exploring a Philosophy of Christian Education
  • EDUC33101 Promoting Health & Wellbeing in Schools

Secondary Curriculum and Pedagogical Studies Units

  • EDUC25101 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Secondary I
  • EDUC25102 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Secondary II

and normally at least two units from the following list covering their chosen teaching areas.

  • EDUC35104 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Biology
  • EDUC35105 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Chemistry
  • EDUC35108 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Geography
  • EDUC35112 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Mathematics
  • EDUC35116 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Physics
  • EDUC35118 Curriculum & Pedagogical Studies – Technologies I

Core Mathematics Unit

  • MATH16000 Mathematics IA or MATH16400 General Mathematics

Core Discipline Unit

  • WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing

Biology Major

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35104 in addition to these units

  • BIOL15000 Introductory Biology
  • BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life
  • BIOL26200 Ecology
  • BIOL26400 General Microbiology
  • BIOL27300 Flora and Fauna of Australia (odd years)
  • BIOL30000 Human Physiology
  • BIOL36500 Molecular Biology (even years)
  • GEOP33000 Biogeography

Biology Minor

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35104 in addition to these units

  • BIOL15000 Introductory Biology
  • BIOL15100 The Diversity of Life
  • BIOL26200 Ecology

and one of the following units:

  • BIOL26400 General Microbiology
  • BIOL27300 Flora and Fauna of Australia (odd years)
  • BIOL30000 Human Physiology
  • BIOL36500 Molecular Biology (even years)

Chemistry Major

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35105 in addition to these units

  • CHEM16000 Chemistry IA
  • CHEM16100 Chemistry IB
  • CHEM21000 Organic Chemistry (even years)
  • CHEM21400 Environmental Chemistry and Thermodynamics (odd years)
  • CHEM26000 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (odd years)
  • CHEM32700 Organometallic and Bioinorganic Chemistry (even years)
  • CHEM33000 Spectroscopy, Structure, and Energetics (odd years)
  • CHEM39000 Research Project in Chemistry

Chemistry Minor

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35105 in addition to these units

  • CHEM16000 Chemistry IA
  • CHEM16100 Chemistry IB

and two of the following units:

  • CHEM21200 Analytical Methods (even years)
  • CHEM26000 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (odd years)
  • CHEM21000 Organic Chemistry (even years)
  • CHEM21400 Environmental Chemistry and Thermodynamics (odd years)

Food Technology Major units

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35118 in addition to these units

  • BIOL26400 General Microbiology
  • DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition and Health
  • DTFN21100 Food Production Systems
  • DTFN21200 Food Science and Innovation
  • HPFH20100 Nutrition, Development and Performance

and three of the following units:

  • DTFN31100 Food Industry Experience
  • DTFN31200 Food Product Design Project
  • FSHN3010 Food Processing and Quality Management (University of Newcastle)
  • HPFH36300 Social Nutrition and Health Promotion

Food Technology Minor units

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35118 in addition to these units

  • DTFN11100 Food, Nutrition and Health
  • DTFN21100 Food Production Systems
  • DTFN21200 Food Science and Innovation
  • HPFH20100 Nutrition, Development and Performance

Geography Major

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35108 in addition to these units

  • GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues
  • GEOH12000 Environmental Issues
  • GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific
  • GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics
  • GEOP24000 Physical Geography
  • GEOH31100 Geographies of Development
  • GEOH31110 Cities and Urban Places
  • GEOP33000 Biogeography

Geography Minor

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35108 in addition to these units

  • GEOH11100 Responding to Global Issues
  • GEOH12000 Environmental Issues

and two of the following:

  • GEOH21100 Globalisation and the Asia Pacific
  • GEOH21110 NGOs and Ethics
  • GEOH31100 Geographies of Development
  • GEOH31110 Cities and Urban Places
  • GEOP24000 Physical Geography
  • GEOP33000 Biogeography

Mathematics Major

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35112 in addition to these units

  • MATH16000 Mathematics IA
  • MATH16100 Mathematics IB
  • MATH26000 Calculus II
  • MATH26100 Algebra II
  • MATH26400 Numerical Methods and Statistics  (odd years)

and three of the following units:

  • MATH36100 Algebra III (even years)
  • MATH36200 Mathematical Analysis (even years)
  • MATH36400 Complex Analysis and Advanced Mathematical Methods (odd years)
  • MATH39000 Research Project in Mathematics

Mathematics Minor

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35112 in addition to these units

  • MATH16000 Mathematics IA
  • MATH16100 Mathematics IB
  • MATH26000 Calculus II
  • MATH26100 Algebra II

Physics Major

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35116 in addition to these units

  • PHYS16000 Physics IA
  • PHYS16100 Physics IB
  • PHYS26100 From Quantum to Quark
  • PHYS26400 Space Physics
  • PHYS36300 Electronics Applications

and one of the following units:

  • PHYS2250 Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity (UoN)
  • PHYS2260 Electromagnetism (UoN)

and two of the following units:

  • PHYS3310 Lasers and Applications (UoN)
  • PHYS3350 Quantum, Atomic and Molecular Physics (UoN)
  • PHYS3360 Advanced Electromagnetism (UoN)
  • PHYS3390 Solid State and Nanoscience (UoN)
  • PHYS36100 Quantum Physics
  • PHYS39000 Research Project in Physics

Physics Minor

Students enrol in EDUC25101, EDUC25102 and EDUC35116 in addition to these units

  • PHYS16000 Physics IA
  • PHYS16100 Physics IB
  • PHYS26100 From Quantum to Quark

and one of the following units:

  • PHYS2250 Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity (UoN)
  • PHYS2260 Electromagnetism (UoN)
  • PHYS26400 Space Physics

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