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Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1651.8

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 061012B


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing 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 Spring 2018 or later.

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.

For Commencement Year 2017-2018 - please refer to 1651.7 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2015-2016 - please refer to 1651.6 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2013-2014 - please refer to 1651.5 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2012 - please refer to 1651.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - please refer to 1651.3 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2009 - please refer to 1651.2 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2008 - please refer to 1651.1 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

Graduates of this degree are eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Primary) via Transition to Teaching pathway. Completion of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses provides a teaching qualification for Primary. Eligible students will receive advice during their final study session in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Primary) regarding how to accept an offer into the Postgraduate course to attain a teaching qualification.

The BA (Pathway to Teaching Primary) is a three year degree specially designed to lead into the Master of Teaching (Primary), an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification. The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) component provides a focussed study in a Major content discipline of your choice as well as opportunity to study an Education Studies Major as a Primary Teaching Specialisation in either English, Mathematics or Science. As well as being equipped with all the necessary elements of an initial teacher qualification, Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) graduates are prepared for a wide range of alternate employment opportunities with strong communication and people skills, creativity and capacity for independent thought, flexibility and adaptability in new situations, all increasingly demanded by employers.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson
  • Course Advisor(s) with signing rights - Assoc Prof Carol Liston

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

Course Advice

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Course AdviceenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

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

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

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.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

International applicants must apply directly to the 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 or higher.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 80 credit points Arts Major
  • 40 credit point of electives
  • 80 credit point Education Studies - Primary Teaching Specialisation in: either English, Mathematics, or Science

Core Components

The 40 credit points of core units are as follows

BA Core units

102738Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society
102736Diversity, Language and Culture
102735Foundations of Academic English

Equivalent Core units

The core units listed below count towards completion of this course for students who passed these units in 2019 or earlier.

100958 - Australia and the World

100960 - Contemporary Society

100968 - Texts and Traditions

100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing

Education Studies - Primary Teaching Specialisation

All students must complete one of the following Education Studies – Primary Teaching Specialisations

M1126Education Studies - Primary English Teaching Specialisation
M1127Education Studies - Primary Mathematics Teaching Specialisation
M1128Education Studies - Primary Science Teaching Specialisation

Arts Majors

All students must complete one of the following Majors. Explanation of these Majors can be found under the program listings below and are available dependent on the campus of offering.

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses, please check availability.

Note: The following Majors and sub-majors have inherent requirements; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese.

Click here for details of the Inherent Requirements

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M1108International English

Please note: M1108 International English has been replaced by M1129 International English for students who commence this course from the 2019 academic year. Continuing students enrolled in M1108 are able to remain in and successfully complete the unit requirements of this specialisation.

M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1058Philosophy
M1110Psychological Studies
M1073Sociology

Sub-majors

The 40 credit points of electives can also be used to complete a sub-major. The following sub-majors are available and are dependent on the campus of offering.

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

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1116Creative Writing
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1120International English

Please note: SM1120 International English has been replaced by SM1132 International English for students who commence this course from the 2019 academic year. Continuing students enrolled in SM1120 are able to remain in and successfully complete the unit requirements of this specialisation.

SM1132International English
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1119Linguistics
SM1082Music for Primary Teaching
SM1076Philosophy
SM1115Psychological Studies

Recommended Full-time sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1) or Arts Major unit Arts *

Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

*The number of BA core units on offer will vary depending on your campus of enrolment.

Spring session

BA core unit (Level 1)

BA core unit (Level 1) or Arts Major unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Year 2

Autumn session

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

And one elective unit

Spring session

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

And one elective unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

And one elective unit

Spring session

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Arts Major unit or Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

And one elective unit

Sub-major Elective Spaces

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

Search for sub-majors

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Global Sustainability Sub-major

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

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