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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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  • Duration

    4 years full time or equivalent part time

  • Units


  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

  • Estimated Fees


What are the entry criteria?

From 2018, under the new AITSL and government Initial Teacher Education (ITE) requirements, all students applying to ITE courses across Australia will need meet suitability for teaching (non-academic selection) criteria as a part of course entry criteria. Find out more.

Entry via non-teaching pathway degree.

Non-Year 12 entry

Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply. Applicants applying to transfer from another initial teacher education course must disclose all LANTITE (National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) attempts. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted the LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer for this course.

Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.

The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Year 12 entry

Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
  • Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (other than EAL) or at least 30 in English as an Additional Language

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

Additional requirements


All applicants (both standard entry and non-year 12 entry) must successfully complete the CASPer assessment. CASPer is a non-academic suitability assessment tool designed to assess an applicant’s personal and professional attributes.

It is an Australian Government accreditation requirement that all initial teacher education courses include non-academic selection criteria.
To ensure you don’t miss the CASPer deadlines and to register for your sitting or for further information about the test, visit
For current Year 12 students, to ensure you meet VTAC deadlines go to

Admission to this course will consider both academic and non-academic results.

English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate suitable English language proficiency for successful completion of the course.
The university may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Working with Children Check and Police Check

All enrolled students must maintain a current Working with Children Check (from the appropriate State Authority). A Police Check may also be required by a school prior to a placement. For a list of each state’s requirements see

Literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education

To be eligible to graduate, students must pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE), which is required to become a registered teacher. This test is run externally at the applicant’s expense. Applicants must disclose all previous LANTITE attempts (if any) through a personal statement and upload the results for each attempt. Applicants who have unsuccessfully attempted LANTITE three or more times will not be eligible to receive an offer for this course.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders. Once enrolled, all applicants must provide relevant Child Safety Screening clearance as your state of residence requires and maintain clearances throughout the duration of the program.

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Overview of the course


Bachelor of Education (Primary)


Help shape the minds of the future by becoming a primary teacher. A Swinburne Bachelor of Education (Primary) will qualify you to teach in primary schools across Australia. You will use the latest technology to develop effective teaching techniques and activities that will engage and inspire your students.

Led by experienced education professionals, this course will see you learn online and teach in real classrooms as part of your in-school placement. And once you graduate, you’ll be qualified to practice as a primary teacher, with accreditation from the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

This course is not available to international students.

If you’re looking to apply for our November 5th intake you need to complete the CASPer suitability tool on October 14th, the last date available for this intake. Get in touch with a Course Consultant to find out more.

  • Career opportunities
  • Learning outcomes
  • Primary School Teacher

    Educate students aged 5-12 years through classroom lessons and educational programs covering a variety of subjects.

  • Primary School Principal

    Lead the educational direction of a primary school and ensure the curriculum is taught to national standards.

  • Language and Literacy

    Understand how literacy and multi-literacy develops in young children.

  • Health and Physical Education

    Learn how to plan, teach and assess health and physical education in primary environments.

  • Curriculum Planning

    Create learning activities to engage students and develop their skills.

  • Twenty-first Century Teaching

    Embrace the role of being a teacher in an era of rapid change.

Why study with Swinburne Online?

  • Internationally recognised qualification

  • Ranked among the top 2% worldwide

  • Learn from industry professionals

  • Graduate with an industry standard qualification


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