Honours with UNSW School of Education is an extra year of study, usually following immediately on from a pass degree, that combines aspects of undergraduate study with elements of postgraduate research. It introduces advanced research training through the completion of a thesis.
Students who undertake bachelors degrees in Australia typically have the opportunity to complete either a pass degree or an honours degree. A pass degree, the standard course followed by most students, is structured around coursework and is usually completed in three years. An honours degree is available only to students who have a grade average of 70% in a particular program of study, involves both coursework and advanced research training, and has an extra year of university study devoted to it.