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Bachelor of Education (Primary)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Christchurch Campus


The Bachelor of Education (Primary) is a Teaching Council approved three-year professional degree. This programme prepares graduates to meet the Code and Standards for the Teaching Profession. Such graduates have a robust understanding of curriculum, teaching and learning, reflection and research as a teacher.

The degree integrates theory and practice and offers students over 22 weeks of school-based practice. Students think vocationally and critically about teaching and have opportunities to reflect theologically on their practice throughout the degree.

The delivery of the degree is site-based with the following modes: face-to-face delivery, blended learning and school-based learning.

Career Opportunities

Graduating students of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) are outstanding and sought-after teachers. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Teaching Council and can be found in primary, intermediate, middle and area schools and state, state-integrated and private schools throughout New Zealand and around the world. This programme will be suited to those who will be capable of professional teaching practice and developing collaborative relationships with learners and colleagues.


Laidlaw College seeks to prepare students for the teaching profession through a programme that centres on a theological foundation of hope that meaningfully integrates and orients with values, commitments and quality practice that are consistent with The Code and Standards of the Teaching Council in a supported environment. The qualification seeks to produce graduates who are relational, critically reflective practitioners who can design high-quality learning experiences from a place of curiosity about the learner, the world and a professional understanding of the goals, scope and nature of education. Graduating students will be qualified to register as teachers in New Zealand for primary, intermediate and middle-school teaching in public, integrated and private schools.

Entry criteria

Entry to the Laidlaw College Bachelor of Education [Primary] degree is New Zealand University Entrance or a recognised equivalent (i.e. International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International) or be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of Laidlaw College that they have the skills and ability to study at a tertiary level.


  • Candidates must score step 4 in the TEC literacy (reading and writing) assessment to enter the programme
  • Candidates must score step 5 in the TEC numeracy assessment to enter the programme

SPECIAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: For applicants who do not meet the above requirements, possible study options can arise depending on the assessment and interview result: An offer of entry to a level 4 programme; An offer of entry to Diploma in Christian Education; An offer of entry to another Laidlaw programme


Cambridge English exams C2 Proficiency (CPE) or Cl Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English exams B2 First (BCE) - Listening: 185; Reading: 185; Writing: 185; Speaking: 185; Overall Mark (in one test): 185

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic - Listening: 7.0; Reading: 7.0; Writing: 7.0; Speaking: 7.0; Overall Mark (in one test): 7.0

International Second Language Proficiency Rating (ISLPR) - Listening: 4; Reading: 4; Writing: 4; Speaking: 4; Overall Mark (in one test): 4.

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Listening: 65; Reading: 65; Writing: 65; Speaking: 65; Overall Mark (in one test): 65

TOEFL: Listening: 24; Reading: 24; Writing: 27; Speaking: 23; Overall Mark (in one test): Minimum of 94.

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