Course

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1652.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 061013A


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 2013- 2014.

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 2012 - 1652.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Commencement Year 2010 and 2011 - 1652.3 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Commencement Year 2009 - 1652.2 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Commencement Year 2008 - 1652.1 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

The BA (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) is a three year degree specially designed to lead into the Master of Teaching (Secondary), an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification. Together, the two degrees provide direct access to a teaching career in four years and improved prospects for career advancement. The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) component provides focussed study in a teaching discipline, such as English, History, a Language Other than English or Human Society and Its Environment, as well as opportunity to study an Education Studies Sub- Major that develops understandings of contemporary education issues, teaching and learning. As well as being equipped with all the necessary elements of an initial teacher qualification, Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) 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. For further information concerning the requirements for secondary 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.

http://www.nswteachers.nsw.edu.au/future-returning-teachers/become-a-teacher/high-school/

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

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time. Classes are generally offered during the day. For progression requirements consult UWS Policy on the web at www.uws.edu.au

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course adviceenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

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.

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).

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/

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.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 80 credit point Arts Major
  • 40 credit point Education Studies sub-major
  • 40 credit point sub-major from the list below or other areas of study, eg/ Geography and Urban Studies, Mathematics (contact your Course Advisor for further information)
  • 40 credit points of electives

Core Components

The 40 credit point core is made up of:

Year 1 Core units

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

Majors

All students must complete one of the following Majors. Explanation of these Majors can be found under the program listings below.

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

Note: The following Majors and Sub-majors have inherent requirements; M1060 - Chinese, M1062 - Japanese, SM1078 - Chinese and SM1080 - Japanese. Please see the link below:

Inherent Requirements

M1060Chinese
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese

Education Studies Sub-major

SM1090Education Studies

Please note that the units within the Education Studies sub-major are only available at Bankstown or Penrith campuses. Students based at Parramatta campus are required to complete the units from this sub-major at either Bankstown or Penrith campus.

Sub-majors

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

SM1078Chinese
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1051Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1050Indigenous Economics
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1075Linguistics
SM1076Philosophy
SM1069Psychological Studies

Other available Sub-majors include

SM1083Music for Secondary Teaching

Please note that from 2020 a sub-major in Music for Secondary Teaching no longer meets NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements to qualify students to teach music in secondary schools. The successful completion of the major M1130 Music for Secondary Teaching meets NESA requirements and successful completion of this major will qualify students to teach music in secondary schools.

M1130Music for Secondary Teaching

Recommended full-time sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective sub-major unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Elective sub-major unit

Year 2

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Spring session

Major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Education Studies or Elective sub-major unit

Sub-major elective spaces

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

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

Indigenous Australian Studies Sub-major

Indigenous Australian Creative Expressions Sub-major

Indigenous Economics Sub-major

Business Sustainability Sub-major

Search for sub-majors

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

MyStudentRecords (MySR)



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