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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
3 years full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


Aim for an in-demand and rewarding career, with a Bachelor of Science focused on secondary-school teaching.

The Bachelor of Science (Science for Teaching) will provide students aspiring to become specialist Maths/Science teachers with a solid foundation in Science and/or Maths.

You’ll study two science-teaching majors and up to three minors, gaining the skills needed to teach general science to Year 10, and science to VCE level.

The flexible structure lets you study a range of science areas including:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • mathematics.

You’ll also have the chance to study other areas, such as business, psychology, physical education, English and humanities.

You’ll graduate with a solid background in maths and science, confident and competent in the Australian secondary-school curricula. This course provides a seamless pathway to a Master of Teaching (Secondary).

There is a shortage of qualified science and maths teachers in Australia, and your qualifications will be needed and valued.

A national school survey by the Australian Education Union highlighted the shortage of maths and science teachers around the country.

In the State of Our Schools 2016 Report, 51 per cent of responding principals had maths and science classes taught by teachers without a specialisation in those subjects. It also showed that 37 per cent of those principals had openings for maths and science teachers (ABC news).

This puts you in an excellent position to find work when you graduate.

The College of Engineering & Science offers valuable work experience opportunities. It has research and project collaborations with:

  • other researchers
  • industry
  • business
  • not-for-profit organisations
  • schools
  • the community.

The collaborations with schools and community organisations will be particularly beneficial to your teaching career.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

We run hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for secondary-school students. This gives you the opportunity to encourage future mathematicians and scientists, as well as practise your teaching skills.

Footscray Park has everything you need, all set a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • modern science laboratories
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art science equipment.

Our library gives you constant access to online resources from wherever you are. It has 300 computers, and several study rooms for your use.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.

VU's science students can travel around Victorian schools as part of the Professor Science Troupe show.

Careers in science education

This course is designed to lead into a Master of Teaching (Secondary), after which you can register with the VIT to teach maths and science in secondary schools.

Following this bachelor degree, you could find scientific educational roles in:

  • industry
  • government
  • workplace training
  • community settings.


The following average salaries are from the government site, Job Outlook:

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science (Science for Teachting) students will be required to complete 288 credit points consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of First Year Core units;
  • 96 credit points of Major studies (from the list below);

Plus one of the following:

Option A:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Major studies (from the list below);

Option B:

  • 96 credit points (equivalent to 8 units) of Minor studies (2 in total from the list below).

First Year Core Units



We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles and concepts of mathematical and scientific knowledge and practical skills that underpin the profession of science in industrial and educational settings;  
  2. Develop and apply in-depth knowledge of specialist areas, including accessing, analysing and evaluating information and resolving complex problems with creativity and intellectual independence;  
  3. Apply independent, collaborative and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate contemporary changes in science, education and industry to wide ranging audiences;  
  4. Critically review, analyse, adapt and apply broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of scientific and mathematical principles in diverse contexts;  
  5. Exhibit professional judgement, by adapting the knowledge and skills obtained to make effective decisions that reflect social, political and/or ethical contextual factors;  
  6. Exercise high levels of cultural competence to work effectively in socially and culturally diverse communities and settings.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least
    25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    Units 3 and 4 with a study score of at least 20 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (any) or Mathematics (any).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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