What senior subjects do I need?

Choosing the right senior subjects and starting your Initial Teacher Education (ITE) studies in high school can fast-track your journey into a teaching career.

Choosing the right senior subjects

If you’re in high school, your career in teaching starts with choosing the right senior subjects. It's important that you know which prerequisite subjects you need to complete so you’ll be eligible to start a teaching degree.

To teach primary, you will need English, Maths and Science as senior subjects. To teach secondary, you will need Engligh and Maths as senior subjects. Graduating class of 2018 or 2019

If you’re completing high school in 2018 or 2019, you’ll need at least a sound achievement in the following Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) authority subjects, or equivalent:

  • Senior English
  • Maths A, Maths B and/or Maths C.

Primary teachers are also required to have one of these Science subjects:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Marine Science
  • Sci​ence 21
  • Physics.

It is assumed that students will have completed four (4) semesters of study in each of English, Mathematics and Science.

Graduating class of 2020 and beyond

If you’re completing high school in 2020 or beyond, you’ll need at least a grade of C in the following Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) general subjects, or equivalent:

English:

  • English
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Literature
  • English & Literature Extension.

​Maths:

  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Specialist Mathematics.

Primary teachers are also required to have one of these Science subjects:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Environmental Science
  • Marine Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology.

It is assumed that students have completed Units 3 & 4 in English, Maths and Science.

Commence teacher training while still at school

Looking to fast track your teaching career? If you are currently in Year 11 or 12 you may be able to begin your qualification now.

Many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Queensland offer programs to secondary students which can reduce the number of subjects required to be completed at university, or offer direct entry to university.

The programs currently available include:

Start QUT

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS)

Head Sta​rt with USQ​

SUN (Start Uni Now)

Headstart Program with USC

LAUNCH

Get paid to study

There are a range of scholarships and grants available, providing financial support while you study and kick start your teaching career.

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Last updated 27 August 2018

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