Course

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1652.6

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 2015 or later.

Commencement Year 2013 and 2014 - 1652.5 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary)

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)

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

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(s) with signing rights - Assoc Prof Carol Liston

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course adviceenquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart 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 Western Sydney University via the International Office 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 - First teaching area
  • 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

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

Inherent Requirements

Core Components

Year 1 Core units - 40 credit points

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

Majors - First teaching area

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

Students must select one of the following majors applicable for first teaching areas in Secondary Teaching

M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1053English
M1054History and Political Thought
M1093Indonesian
M1062Japanese

Note: From 2016, the following majors are no longer applicable for the first teaching area:

M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies

Education Studies Sub-major

SM1100Education Studies

Please note that units within the Education Studies sub-major are mainly available at Bankstown or Penrith campuses with some units on offer at Parramatta Campus and online.

Sub-majors and Second teaching area

Students should seek academic advice before selecting a Sub-major or second teaching area from the Sub-majors listed below.

Sub-majors

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

SM1077Arabic
SM1078Chinese
SM1070Cultural and Social Analysis
SM1071English
SM1072History and Political Thought
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1073International Relations and Asian Studies
SM1074Islamic Studies
SM1080Japanese
SM1075Linguistics
SM1076Philosophy
SM1069Psychological Studies

Other Sub-majors

SM3038Food Technology - Secondary Teaching
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM3025Mathematics
SM1083Music 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

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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