Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours


The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours is a one-year full-time postgraduate qualification for Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (or equivalent) graduates with a B grade average in their 200 and 300-level courses. It is available for those trained in early childhood and primary teaching. The programme is taught either entirely on campus in Christchurch, or as a mixture of on-campus and distance delivery.

The BTchLn(Hons) provides you with the opportunity to focus on educational issues or curriculum areas in which you have special interests, makes you more competitive in the job market and moves you up a step on the salary scale. The programme includes a research project and other research in schools/early childhood centres.

The degree may be awarded with First Class Honours or with Second Class Honours.

Why complete an honours year?

  • Develop knowledge and research skills that will equip you for further study and improve your classroom/centre practice
  • Focus on educational issues or curriculum areas in which you have special interests
  • Gain a fourth year of tertiary education (which is the norm for teachers in most countries e.g. Australia, Great Britain, USA, and Canada)
  • Become more competitive in the job market
  • Access databases and other research facilities
  • Be mentored by researchers with strengths in teaching and learning
  • Move from the Q3 to the Q3+ step on the teaching salary scale.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates wishing to enrol in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours must have completed a Bachelor of Teaching and Learning degree with at least a B grade average at 200 and 300-level and met the standard required for a passing grade in all Professional Studies and Professional Practice courses at 100, 200 and 300-level.

Alternatively, candidates who have completed a programme of study approved by the Dean of Education may be admitted Ad Eundem Statum.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours comprises a total of 120 points and consists of courses selected from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Master of Education:

The two non-compulsory courses may be replaced with other postgraduate courses in Education or a closely related field. The course of study for every candidate is subject to the approval of the Dean of Education.

Duration and workload

The BTchLn(Hons) can be completed within one year full-time and must be completed within three years part-time. For part-time students, the research methodology and teaching and learning courses must both be completed in the first year.

Courses are normally of one year duration and each involves approximately 300 hours of study of which approximately 50 hours is face-to-face contact. Lectures take place between February and October, with times varying (some courses are offered in the evening or during 'school holiday' periods).

You will undertake a major research project and other course-based research in schools/centres, amounting to approximately 120 hours.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning with Honours.

For study planning help contact:

College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Ōrakipaoa Building
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3333
Email education@canterbury.ac.nz

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