Bachelor of Education (Primary)

VU course code: EBPE | Level of study: Undergraduate
4 years full time or longer for part time
Footscray Park
Ben Foster, past Bachelor of Education (P-12) student standing in a primary school classroom.


Develop the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in the lives of primary school students, with the Bachelor of Education (Primary) at Victoria University. 

Combine study with practical learning, gaining the teaching experience needed to excel in the classroom, with this program focused on teaching in primary schools.

You’ll learn the latest techniques to support students in their learning. You’ll also get real work experience through 113 days of supervised teaching practice in primary schools, beginning in the first year of your course.

During your studies, you'll gain the skills needed to confidently teach maths, science and English. You can also choose to focus on a particular passion, specialising in:

  • disability studies
  • arts and humanities
  • physical education
  • sustainability
  • student welfare.

You can also study literacy, numeracy/science, and Aboriginal Yulendj (knowledge) as additional specialised units.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

Minimum ATAR 70

This course has a minimum ATAR entry requirement. This means you’ll need to achieve a certain ATAR, along with other criteria, to be considered for this course.

The following table shows the ranking results of our current student intake and is an indication of the ATAR you’ll need to successfully apply.

VU course code: EBPE

Campus: Footscray Park


Learn more about ATAR

What is ATAR?

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) compares the results of final-year school students, with adjustments made for factors such as hardship. The ranking is expressed as a number between 0 and 99.95. ATAR minimum entry requirements are not usually essential entry criteria for applicants who have completed secondary education more than 2 years ago.

Essential for admission (all applicants)

Successful completion of a non-academic attributes assessment, for example, the CASPer test or equivalent. CASPer is an online test designed to assess and applicant's personal and professional attributes and is a requirement for all initial teacher training courses in Victoria.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Education (Primary) students will be required to complete 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 288 credit points of Core studies;

  • 96 credit points of Major studies.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places



You could be employed in a public or private primary school.

Graduates with a major in Disabilities Studies will be qualified to teach in Special Education settings.

This course has been accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

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