Bachelor of Arts

Approved Abbreviation: BA

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1706.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 040992A

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2016.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2013-2015 - 1706.1 Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts offers students an opportunity to develop a depth of disciplinary expertise together with the breadth of vision afforded by cross-disciplinary approaches to the humanities. Study in the Bachelor of Arts is designed to develop communication and personal skills, creativity and a capacity for independent thought, adaptability to new situations and problem-solving skills, attributes increasingly demanded by employers. Bachelor of Arts graduates find employment in diverse areas including: communication and media industries; education; psychology and counselling; cultural, political and social policy analysis; writing and publishing. The Bachelor of Arts is a three-year degree designed to provide knowledge and generic skills that form the basis for lifelong learning.

Students wishing to be primary or secondary school teachers of English, History, Languages or Human Society and its Environment (which includes both history and social science units) should enrol in courses 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) or 1652 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary). For further information concerning the requirements for teaching, students are advised to consult the Subject Content Requirements for Primary and Secondary Teaching NSW (Abridged) from the NSW Institute of Teachers

or the School of Education.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above

Advanced standing

Students demonstrating successful completion of relevant studies at other tertiary institutions prior to enrolment may be granted advanced standing for those studies, in accordance with current University policy.

The Bachelor of Arts Key Program in Psychology including the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). A Psychological Studies major/sub-major does not meet APAC requirements for an accredited sequence in Psychology.


Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to the Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3.

All students must enrol in and complete the 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core units.

Core Components

The 40 credit points core is as follows

Year 1 Core units

100958Australia and the World
100960Contemporary Society
100968Texts and Traditions
100846Analytical Reading and Writing

Students must also successfully complete either

  • 80 credit point major from the list below (see Majors); plus
  • 40 credit point Arts sub-major in a different discipline area to their major from the list below (see Sub-majors), plus
  • 80 credit points of elective units


  • the 160 credit point accredited Key Program in Psychology (which includes the 40 credit point Bachelor of Arts core units); plus
  • 40 credit point Arts Sub-major from the list below (see Sub-majors); plus
  • 40 credit points of elective units



Students not taking the accredited sequence in Psychology must complete at least one of the following Majors.

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese. Please see the link below to the Inherent Requirements page:

Inherent Requirements

M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1050Psychological Studies


Note: Not all Arts sub-majors are available on all campuses

SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1069Psychological Studies

Recommended Full-time sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective or Arts Sub-major unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective or Arts Sub-major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or Arts Sub-major unit

And one elective

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Elective or Arts Sub-major unit

And one elective

Year 3

Autumn session

Major unit

Arts Sub-major unit

And two electives

Spring session

Major unit

Arts Sub-major unit

And two electives

Major and Sub-major elective spaces

Elective units may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or sub-major (40 credit points).

Search for majors and sub-majors

Western Sydney University offers majors and sub-majors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous Australian Studies Major

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Students can apply for an elective major or sub-major via MySR.

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