Bachelor of Education (Primary)
James Cook University - Cairns

Course outline

This course prepares graduates for a career in teaching and related fields. It examines learners and learning theories, curriculum studies and approaches to primary teaching and assessment. Students undertake practical work in schools and a variety of other educational sites in rural and remote locations from the first year of study. The course has a special focus on education for sustainability and improving outcomes for Indigenous students. Specialisations include: English/literacy; mathematics/numeracy; science; or health and physical education. Not all specialisations are available at all campuses. This course is nationally accredited through the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in association with the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT). Graduates of this course are eligible for teacher registration in Australia. For current course information, visit Bachelor of Education (Primary) at JCU.
The JCU Offer Guarantee does not apply to this course.


All education students must participate in a three-day intensive Professional Orientation Program on campus in the final year of their program. Online education students can study six subjects consecutively per year (one eight-week subject at a time for six study periods a year) with the exception of professional experience placement in Australian Educational Institutions as required for professional accreditation.

Other requirements

A Queensland Working with Children Card (Blue Card) is required; refer to institution. All students must meet the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) standard prior to their final placement and Graduate Teacher Performance Assessment (GTPA). Refer to Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the minimum English language requirements; refer to institution.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 and 4, C); Any General subject from the Sciences Learning Area (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; LANTITE Literacy status; LANTITE Numeracy status; Teaching Personal Statement

Additional entry requirements

All applicants for initial teacher education courses must satisfy both academic and non-academic entry criteria. QTAC assesses applicants’ non-academic capabilities.
Students must meet English language proficiency requirements for teacher registration in Australia, either on entry to or on graduation from the program.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Highest Rank to receive an offer

Median Rank to receive an offer

Lowest Rank to receive an offer

ATAR/Selection Rank excluding adjustment factors




ATAR/Selection Rank including adjustment factors





Townsville: English/literacy; health and physical education; mathematics/numeracy; science. Cairns: English/literacy; mathematics/numeracy; science. Online: English/literacy; health and physical education; mathematics/numeracy; science.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2024

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Career opportunities

Primary teacher, administrator in education.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds

9 Jan 2025
5 Jun 2025

CSP/$4850 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

4 years Full time or 8 years Part time

Cairns & Far North Queensland