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Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

Approved Abbreviation: BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1708.5

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 086119G


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 2018 - please refer to 1708.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to 1708.3 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2015-2016 - please refer to 1708.2 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2013-2014 - please refer to 1708.1 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) provides students with the opportunity to complete an Arts degree with an Arts major alongside the specialist Birth-5/Birth-12 Education Studies units.

Graduates of this degree are eligible for direct entry into the Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years / Birth - 12 Years) via the Transition to Teaching pathway. Completion of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s courses provides a teaching qualification for early childhood (Birth - 5 Years) or early childhood and primary teaching (Birth - 12 Years). Eligible students will receive advice during their final study session in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) regarding how to accept an offer into the Postgraduate course to attain a teaching qualification.

  • 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
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: 2 units of HSC Mathematics and 2 units of HSC English or equivalent.

Recommended studies for school leavers: Band 4 or above in both HSC English and HSC Mathematics or equivalent; or a completed Diploma of Children's Services or relevant VET award.

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 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.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Students must complete 60 credit points at Level 3 or higher.

All students must enrol in and complete

120 credit points of Arts units as follows

  • 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 80 credit points Arts Major

And

120 credit points of Education units as follows

  • 20 credit points Education Studies Core (Birth - 5/Birth - 12)
  • 80 credit points Education Studies Major (Birth - 5/Birth - 12) units
  • 40 credit points teaching specialisation in either English or Mathematics (choose one of the two sub-majors below).
  • Note: Some units are common to the Core or Major and the sub-majors. Therefore, students will only need to complete a total of 120 credit points of Education Studies units.

Students must complete 60 credit points at Level 3 or higher.

BA Core Units

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

Equivalent Core Units

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

100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing

100958 - Australia and the World

100960 - Contemporary Society

100968 - Texts and Traditions

BA Majors

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

Education Studies (Birth-5/Birth-12) Core Units

Students must complete the core units below (20 credit points):

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

M1125 Education Studies Major (Birth- 5/Birth-12) Units

M1125Education Studies (Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

Students must complete 80 credit points as listed below

102102Children, Families, Communities
102048Contemporary Childhoods
101112Diversity and Difference
102622Early Learning Environments
101623Ethical Futures
101899Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership
102046The Developing Child
102104Theorising Play

Teaching Specialisation (Birth-5/Birth-12)

Students must enrol in and complete one of the Teaching Specialisations (sub-majors) below

SM1130 Mathematics Teaching Specialisation (Birth-5/Birth-12)

SM1130Mathematics Teaching Specialisation (Birth - 5/Birth -12)

Students must complete 40 credit points as per below.

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

Choose two of:

300830Analysis of Change
200030Differential Equations
200025Discrete Mathematics
200027Linear Algebra
300672Mathematics 1A
200022Mathematical Modelling
300831Quantitative Thinking

SM1129 English Teaching Specialisation (Birth-5/Birth-12)

SM1129English Teaching Specialisation (Birth - 5/Birth -12)

Students must complete 40 credit points as per below

102735Foundations of Academic English
102737Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Equivalent units

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

100846 - Analytical Reading and Writing

100968 - Texts and Traditions

Choose two units from the following English majors

M1113Creative Writing
M1053English
M1108International English
M1119Linguistics

Please note: M1108 International English has been replaced by M1129 International English for students who commence this course from the 2019 academic year.

M1129International English

Recommended Sequence

Recommended Sequence for students commencing in Autumn semester. For students commencing in Spring semester, complete 102735 Foundations of Academic English in your first semester and discuss unit selection with an academic course advisor.

Year 1

Autumn session

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Major Unit

Choose one of

102048Contemporary Childhoods

BA Core unit (Level 1)*

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

Spring session

102046The Developing Child

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Major Unit

Choose one of

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

BA Core unit (Level 1)

Year 2

Autumn session

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

102104Theorising Play

Choose one of

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships
102048Contemporary Childhoods

Spring session

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

101899Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership

Choose one of

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

Year 3

Autumn

BA Major Unit

102102Children, Families, Communities
101112Diversity and Difference

One unit from the English or Mathematics Specialisation

Spring

BA Major Unit

102622Early Learning Environments
101623Ethical Futures

One unit from the English or Mathematics Specialisation

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

For graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 200 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Major Unit

Choose one of

BA Core unit (Level 1)*

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

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

Spring

BA Core unit (Level 1)

BA Major Unit

102104Theorising Play

Choose one of

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

BA Core unit (Level 1)

Year 2

Autumn

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

102102Children, Families, Communities

Choose one of

102208Fundamentals for Working Mathematically
102249Mathematical Patterns and Relationships

Spring

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

101899Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership
102622Early Learning Environments

Year 3

Autumn

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

One unit from the English or Mathematics specialisation

One unit from the English or Mathematics specialisation

NB. Students opt to include two additional units in Year 3 Autumn from either the Mathematics or English Specialisation teaching units sets in order to complete 4 specialisation units and meet the BA component of the NESA teaching specialisation.



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