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Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) in Primary Education

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Invercargill campus


The Bachelor of Teaching (BTchg) degree is a three-year programme (360 points), registered at Level 7 on the New Zealand qualifications Framework, and designed to enable graduates to meet the requirements for initial teacher registration in New Zealand. It provides the initial step for teachers on the road of lifelong professional learning.

The degree is underpinned by four themes and divided into central strands that are designed to promote student reflection on the interrelationship of knowledge and issues presented throughout the chosen programme and to make connections between theory and practice associated with the degree papers.

Primary Education

This programme prepares graduates to teach in the primary and intermediate sector, Years 1 to 8 (children ranging in age from 5-12 years). Papers within this programme address professional teaching issues, subject knowledge, education theory, practical teaching experience and the requirements of the New Zealand curriculum. Students also select to study a subject of their choice, either from the range of subject studies papers offered at the College of Education or from the wider University.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities), on the advice of the Dean, College of Education, who must be satisfied that, in accordance with Education and Training Act 2020 Section 255(5) (a) and (b), the applicant satisfies the minimum requirements for admission to an initial teacher education programme as specified by the relevant professional body.

We recognise many other qualifications as equivalent to the New Zealand qualification for entrance.

We also accept the following international qualifications:

  • International Baccalaureate: IB Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) GCE Advanced Levels: minimum Numerical Score of 8
  • IELTS Academic - IELTS score of 7.0
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 98
  • Cambridge English exams - C2 Proficiency (CPE) or C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English exams, B2 First (FCE) - minimum of 185
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 65
  • LanguageCert C2 Mastery IESOL - No less than 25/50
  • C1 Expert IESOL - No less than 35/50

The due date for the submission of your application: 31 August

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