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<http://nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/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 complete 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.