Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Education

UNDERGRADUATE

Become a leader in education with this globally recognised teaching degree.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Various*

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Part-time 8 years
Next intake:
February
Location:
Bundoora
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Various*

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Fees:

AU$28,800 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Bundoora

Overview

Utilising an always in-demand and globally-recognised teaching qualification, you’ll have the opportunity to influence the lives of young people on a daily basis.

Our recently reaccredited teaching courses are designed to equip you with the most relevant and up-to-date course content. You get to decide what kind of teacher you would like to be, and choose from specialisations in general primary, early childhood, disability inclusion, physical education and sport. You'll also have the opportunity to swap streams should you change your mind about where you would like to specialise. Through your subject selection, you can explore English, mathematics, and STEM subjects. 

Combining hands-on experiences with theoretical learning, you'll build the skills you need to be an effective and influential teacher in a variety of settings. We offer you 80+ days of professional placement, giving you the opportunity to gain some real-world experience, and graduate classroom-ready.

Details

When you study with us, you learn from academic staff who are recognised leaders in the fields of primary teaching and learning development across all disciplines.

Our course intake is kept small to ensure your teachers can provide you with a personalised learning experience based on your unique needs and interests. You will experience a variety of contemporary, interactive learning and teaching approaches, including face-to-face and online delivery modes, interactive seminars, school-based experiences, and reflective techniques. You won't attend lectures; all your classes will be in the form of small group learning environments and workshops, giving you hands-on and inclusive experience from day one.

Most of the subjects in this degree are offered on-campus during the day through the two semester teaching periods, with some options for flexible and intensive subjects offered in Spring and Summer semesters.

In order to be a lifelong learner, you must be able to evaluate your own practice. Your teachers will provide feedback related to how you work with curriculum, learners and colleagues as a pre-service school teacher so you can graduate classroom ready.

This degree has been designed to provide a minimum of 80 days of supervised professional experience, so you graduate with real-world experience. 

The number of days of supervised professional experience may vary depending on the stream you are studying.

We encourage you to experience education in a range of settings, and offer opportunities for placements in different cultures and countries. As part of your studies, you will complete a placement in a disability setting, giving you a range of strategies for managing challenging behaviours.

RMIT has strong relationships with many partner schools, communities and enterprises, which assists our students in finding professional placements. Placements in third year may be taken overseas, and may include rural or interstate settings.

Through these placements, you will learn and develop your own teacher identity, allowing you to adapt to the dynamics of different learning environments and student groups. These experiences involve problem-based learning and reflection on your practice as you receive feedback from mentors.

Teaching is a globally transferable qualification that will always be in demand.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

There are also opportunities for students to complete alternative professional placements in the a range of international settings, or in remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

On successful completion of the Bachelor of Education and registration with VIT, graduates are entitled to apply to the Australasian Teacher Regulatory Authorities (ATRA) to register as a teacher nationally and overseas.

As part of your studies, you have the option to specialise in:

  • General Primary
  • Early Childhood
  • Disability Inclusion
  • Physical Education and Sport

In all streams, you will be offered opportunities to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences, or to complete professional placements in a range of settings, so you can graduate classroom ready.

General Primary specialisation

This stream prepares you for a career in primary teaching, giving you a broad knowledge of education theory combined with professional experience. It provides you with globally transferable skills and a qualification that can lead you to practising as a teacher in Australia and overseas.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a range of innovative work integrated learning experiences within a variety of educational settings that integrate theory and practice. You will develop a broad knowledge of learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment, with expertise in either English/Literacy, Mathematics/Numeracy or STEM. 

Early Childhood specialisation

This stream offers you a Birth-12 qualification allowing you to work in a diverse range of primary and early childhood contexts, both locally and internationally. These include primary schools, early learning centres in schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, industry and government sectors. It prepares you for the dynamic and challenging world of education. 

You will undertake a series of work integrated learning experiences in schools, early childhood and other educational settings throughout the program. 

Disability Inclusion specialisation

This stream prepares you to teach learners with special needs, whether in specialist disability settings or in mainstream schools.  You will develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities to work proactively with learners with disabilities, their families and other professionals in educational settings. 

You will undertake a series of work integrated learning experiences and placements in schools, disability and other educational settings throughout the program, particularly in relation to the special education sector. 

Physical Education and sport specialisation 

This stream is designed to develop your knowledge, skills and capabilities to work actively with learners in the classroom and on the sporting field through a combination of theoretical knowledge and professional experience. It will prepare you for classroom teaching and/or teaching health, physical and sports education in educational settings. 

On completion of the program you will be a professional practitioner within the field of education, possessing a broad knowledge of learning, teaching, curriculum and assessment as well as specialist knowledge and expertise in Primary Physical Education and Sport.  

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Education
Program code: BP320

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
BP320
098532F
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
Plan code
BP320
CRICOS
098532F
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time
BP320
098532F
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time
Plan code
BP320
CRICOS
098532F
Bachelor of Education (Primary Education and Disability Inclusion)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated)
BP320PDI
098533E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated)
Plan code
BP320PDI
CRICOS
098533E
Bachelor of Education (Primary Education and Disability Inclusion)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time
BP320PDI
098533E
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time
Plan code
BP320PDI
CRICOS
098533E
Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
BP320PEC
098534D
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
Plan code
BP320PEC
CRICOS
098534D
Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time
BP320PEC
098534D
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time
Plan code
BP320PEC
CRICOS
098534D
Bachelor of Education (Primary and Physical Education/Sport)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
BP320PPE
098535C
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time; 3.5 years Full-Time (accelerated) or 8 years Part-Time
Plan code
BP320PPE
CRICOS
098535C
Bachelor of Education (Primary and Physical Education/Sport)
Bundoora Campus
4 years Full-Time
BP320PPE
098535C
Location
Bundoora Campus
Duration
4 years Full-Time
Plan code
BP320PPE
CRICOS
098535C

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP320 - 3200233001
  • Plan BP320PDI - 3200231061
  • Plan BP320PEC - 3200210051
  • Plan BP320PPE - 3200210311

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP320 - 3200233003
  • Plan BP320PEC - 3200210053
  • Plan BP320PPE - 3200210313
  • Plan BP320PDI - 3200231063

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

Aside from traditional educational settings, Bachelor of Education graduates have the skills, knowledge, and experience to work in private enterprise, government agencies and community service organisations.

Graduates work in the state, independent and Catholic education sectors.

Potential future employers include:

  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Victoria)
  • Catholic Education Office
  • independent schools
  • early childhood centres
  • cultural organisations
  • professional associations
  • community service organisations.

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

The Primary and Early childhood stream of this course is also accredited by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 70, inclusive of selection rank adjustments.

Prerequisites

English: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

Mathematics: Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics, or units 3 and 4: any Mathematics, or equivalent studies.

ATAR*

The lowest selection rank plus any adjustment factors to receive an offer for semester 1 2022 for each stream: 

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) ATAR 70.05*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Disability Inclusion) ATAR Not published*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education) ATAR 70.55*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Physical Education/Sport) ATAR 73.35*

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection task

You must sit the Casper test. Casper is a requirement for many of the initial teacher training programs in Victoria. It is a non-cognitive online test designed to assess your personal and professional attributes.

To register for your sitting and further information about the test, visit takealtus.com. Please ensure the correct RMIT program has been added to your distribution list.

 To ensure you meet VTAC deadlines for each offer round go to www.vtac.edu.au/admissions-tests.

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. You will be ranked on your ATAR plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 40 in English (EAL) equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 35 in one but no more than two of English other than EAL equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 30 in one but no more than two of any Mathematics equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 20 in one but no more than three of any LOTE equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 20 in one but no more than three of Drama, Environmental Science, Geography, Health And Human Development, Legal Studies, any Music, Outdoor And Environmental Studies, Physical Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Studio Arts or Sociology equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have successfully completed at least two courses (subjects) in an Australian bachelor degree or four courses (subjects) in an Australian associate degree, or overseas equivalent. You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA. 

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites.

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Subject adjustments

  • A study score of 40 in English (EAL) equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 35 in one but no more than two of English other than EAL equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 30 in one but no more than two of any Mathematics equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 20 in one but no more than three of any LOTE equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • A study score of 20 in one but no more than three of Drama, Environmental Science, Geography, Health And Human Development, Legal Studies, any Music, Outdoor And Environmental Studies, Physical Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Studio Arts or Sociology equals 1.5 aggregate points per study. 
  • Overall maximum of 8 points.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Working With Children Check*

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Victorian Working with Children (WWC) Check (valid for 5 years) prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.

Note: For placements undertaken interstate a valid WWC Check is required for that state.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students*

Enrolled students are required by the Federal Government to complete a literacy and numeracy test in their first year of study. Students are allowed a maximum of three attempts and the test must be passed by the end of the second year of enrolment in order to progress in the program. Counselling and support for those failing the test will be available.

Please visit the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education website for more information.

Vaccination*

For the Primary and Early Childhood Education stream, some child care centres may require you to provide evidence of vaccination prior to undertaking professional experience.

*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student. 

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about RMIT’s commitment to admissions transparency.

ATAR*

The lowest selection rank plus any adjustment factors to receive an offer for semester 1 2022 for each stream: 

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) ATAR 70.05*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Disability Inclusion) ATAR Not published*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Childhood Education) ATAR 70.55*
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary and Physical Education/Sport) ATAR 73.35*

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including considerations of any adjustments).


 

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

Program entry into BP320 is based on academic merit and non-academic attributes that are considered important for a teaching career and consistent with university and government requirements.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

Casper Test

You are required to complete the online Casper test.

As part of the requirements for many initial teacher training programs in Victoria, this test assesses your non-academic personal and professional attributes.

Find out more information about Casper and available test dates at Casper.

For VTAC offer round deadlines visit VTAC’s admission tests.

To study this program you will need to complete the following English proficiency test:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.5 (with 7.0-reading, 7.0-writing, 8.0-listening, 8.0-speaking)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – IBT): minimum overall score of 102 (with minimum of 24 in Reading, 28 in Listening, 26 in Speaking and 27 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum overall score of 72 (with minimum communication band of 65 in Reading and Writing and 79 in Listening and Speaking)

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Additional information

If you are successful in obtaining a place in this program you must meet a number of professional compliance requirements upon commencement of your studies.

Working With Children Check*

Applicants will be required to hold a valid Victorian Working with Children (WWC) Check (valid for 5 years) prior to undertaking professional placement as part of this program.

Note: For placements undertaken interstate a valid WWC Check is required for that state.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students*

Enrolled students are required by the Federal Government to complete a literacy and numeracy test in their first year of study. Students are allowed a maximum of three attempts and the test must be passed by the end of the second year of enrolment in order to progress in the program. Counselling and support for those failing the test will be available.

Please visit the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education website for more information.

Vaccination*

For the Primary and Early Childhood Education stream, some child care centres may require you to provide evidence of vaccination prior to undertaking professional experience.

*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student. 

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.

The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.

If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.

By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.

To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service

The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Relevant vocational education (TAFE) or higher education studies may be eligible for exemptions if appropriate. This is considered on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

You can gain entry to this degree from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$3,985 to AU$14,630*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2022. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2022 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2022

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,985 per standard year
$498 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,021 per standard year
$1,002 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,401 per standard year
$1,425 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,630 per standard year
$1,828 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$28,800.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$120,960.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.