What senior subjects do I need?

If you are in your senior years of high school and have decided to study teaching, it's worth checking that you've chosen the right senior subjects to start you on your path to becoming a teacher.

It's important that you know which pre-requisite subjects you need to complete to 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.Students entering an undergraduate education program from 2016 onwards are required to have:

  • at least 'Sound Achievement' in the current Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) Subject of Senior English, or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction; and
  • at least 'Sound Achievement' in Mathematics (QCAA Mathematics A and/or B and/or C), or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction.

Students entering undergraduate primary (including early childhood and middle years) programs also require a 'Sound Achievement' in a QCAA Science subject such as:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Marine Science
  • Marine Studies
  • Multi-strand Science/Science21
  • Physics
  • or equivalent subject from another jurisdiction.

It is assumed that students will also have completed four semesters of study in each of English, mathematics 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
Study teaching subjects alongside current Queensland University of Technology students and get prepared for university life.

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS)
Sample university life by studying a single subject at Griffith University while undertaking semester one or two of Year 12.

Head Start with USQ
By completing a Head Start course during Year 12, students are eligible for a guaranteed place in a related University of Southern Queensland degree at Toowoomba, Springfield and Fraser Coast campuses.

SUN (Start Uni Now)
The SUN program allows you to combine studies towards CQ University's Bachelor of Learning Management with your regular high school work.

Headstart Program with USC
Get a taste for university life by studying courses at the University of the Sunshine Coast while still completing high school.

Complete one course through the LAUNCH program during your senior year at high school to be considered for automatic admission to Christian Heritage College.

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 08 March 2017

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