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Raising university entry standards for future teachers

30 Oct 2014

From 2016, prospective students will need to meet increased academic standards to be offered a place in a NSW accredited undergraduate teaching degree.

Strengthening course prerequisites for teaching degrees is one of 47 Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (GTIL) actions that the NSW Government is implementing to further increase the high standards of teaching in NSW, and lift the status of the profession.

What are the new prerequisites for a 4 year undergraduate teaching degree?

From 2016, entrants to an accredited undergraduate teaching degree will need:

  • a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including one in English or
  • to complete bridging units equivalent to a minimum of three Band 5 HSC results, including English, as approved by BOSTES before entry or
  • to enter via an alternative pathway as advised by their university and approved by BOSTES.

What about an undergraduate combined or double degree?

A number of combined or double degrees may not require the above prerequisites. This is because their course structures focus on studying the subject/s you want to teach in Year 1, with studies in how to teach completed in subsequent years.

Have the admission requirements changed for graduate entry teaching degrees?

No. BOSTES requirements for admission to graduate entry teaching degrees have not changed.   

For further information read the Raising university entry standards for future teachers flyer