Faculty of Education


Programme review and enrolments for 2016

While the Faculty of Education undertakes a review of the teacher education programmes that are currently offered, it has been decided that there will be no first year intake into the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching in 2016.

Students currently enrolled in the BA/BTeach may complete the programme as planned.

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Alex Southall

“I really believe that Victoria and this degree creates great teachers who are ready, willing and able to take on anything in the classroom”
Alex Southall

Conjoint degree programmes combine study in two teaching subjects with teacher education. You can combine a BTeach with a BA or a BSc.

The programmes are designed to produce well-educated teachers who can teach to the objectives described by the National Curriculum statements in primary and secondary schools. They feature a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and teaching experience in schools. 

The BTeach component of each conjoint degree comprises a blend of theoretical study and classroom experience and successful completion qualifies graduates to teach at both primary and secondary levels. The programme focuses on:

  • assisting you to develop your understanding of educational contexts
  • general pedagogical knowledge
  • curriculum courses which lead to the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed to implement the National Curriculum
  • development of specific skills which will enable you to teach confidently and competently.

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Admission and enrolment

Entry requirements

In addition to Victoria's admission and enrolment requirements above, you'll also need to meet the entry requirements for our teacher education qualifications.

This involves meeting set criteria, having supportive referees, making declarations about any criminal convictions or health and disability issues, being proficient in the English language and successfully taking part in an assessment exercise.


Students taking the BA/BTeach conjoint degree programme need to obtain permission to re-enrol for each year of study after the first admission. Students are required to achieve a B- average over the courses completed in their previous year to gain permission.

Qualification structure

Rebecca Courtney

“The BA/BTeach is structured in a way that allows us to focus on both of our degrees at the same time. Victoria has allowed me to contextualise my learning and gain practise in the teaching field—not just knowledge”
Rebecca Courtney

The conjoint degree programme is structured in such a way that study in your first and second years will be mainly in your teaching subject disciplines. The subsequent years introduce the BTeach components in combination with subject courses.

Your BTeach study starts in the summer trimester of your first year with the course TCHG 131 Teaching - What's It All About? and includes a week observing in both a primary and a secondary school. This study continues in the second year with one course in trimester 1, one course in trimester 2, three courses in trimester 3 and a four-week teaching experience in trimester 3 - two weeks in a primary school and two weeks in a secondary school.

In the third and fourth years of your programme you will spend one trimester of each year in full-time BTeach study. In these trimesters you will have teaching experiences totalling 14 weeks.

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Approved teaching subjects

Students should normally major in one subject from table below, and take a second subject (from a separate curriculum area in the same table) to 200 level.

If you wish to do two full majors in your conjoint degree programme, and/or choose your second teaching subject from an area not in your degree table (ie from another degree) you should discuss this with your Faculty Student Academic Services Office.

An alternative pathway into teaching involves completing a degree (with appropriate subjects for those aiming for secondary teaching) and then applying to enrol in a one year teacher education programme for graduates. Options are a Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary, Secondary or Early Childhood) or a Master of Teaching and Learning (Primary or Secondary).

In special circumstances selected courses from subjects outside this list may be approved for the 200-level subject. The individual programmes of all students will be the focus of advice and approval during enrolment.

Teaching Curriculum Area BA Degree Subject
Arts Theatre
English English Literature
Learning Languages Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Māori Studies*, Samoan Studies, Spanish, Te Reo Māori
Mathematics Mathematics, Statistics
Social Sciences (specifically Economics, Geography, History, Social Studies) Economics, Geography, History

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Assessment policy, the grading system and criteria to pass will be identified at the beginning of every course.  All courses have assessments comprising assignments, tests and may have examinations.

Key dates

The first BTeach course for students starting the conjoint qualification is TCHG 131. This course runs in the summer trimester at the end of the first year of study.


Fees are set each year and are worked out on a per point basis. There are compulsory fees for student services, student union membership and internet access. Some courses have additional charges for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips.

Read more about the fees charges for Domestic Students and International Students.

How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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For more information about the structure of this programme, see the Faculty of Education Handbook.

For course information go to the Course Finder and search under the subject, Teaching.