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
  • Science 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.

Start your degree at school

 If you are a secondary student in a Queensland state school, you may be able to begin your teaching qualification while you complete secondary school. Find out more about how to fast-track your career.

Last updated 04 December 2018

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