Course

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean's Scholars

Approved Abbreviation: BA(DeansSchol)


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1823.1

AQF Level: 7

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 2017 or later.

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) Dean's Scholars regarding how to accept an offer into the Postgraduate course to attain a teaching qualification.

The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean’s Scholars is a three year degree for high achieving students 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 and a half years and improved prospects for career advancement. The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean’s Scholars 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.

This degree is exclusively for high-achieving students. Students in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Secondary) Dean’s Scholars program are automatically enrolled in The Academy at Western Sydney University, which offers interdisciplinary leadership programs, professional development and local and international internship and engagement opportunities for students.

For further information concerning the requirements for secondary teaching, students are advised to consult the Knowledge Requirements (Abridged) Academic Requirements for Admission to Graduate Entry Programs from the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW or the School of Education.

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

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
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). 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/

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 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 approved area of study (contact your Course Advisor for further information)
  • 20 credit points of electives
  • 20 credit points from the Dean’s Scholars unit pool

Core Components

The 40 credit points of core units are as follows

Year 1 Core units

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

Majors - First Teaching Area

All students must complete one of the following Majors. This will meet the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) content requirements for your first teaching area. 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; Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese.

Click here for details of the Inherent Requirements

M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1093Indonesian
M1062Japanese
M3054Mathematics
M1118Modern History

Education Studies sub-major

All students must complete the Education Studies Sub-major

SM1100Education Studies

Second Teaching Area

All students must also complete a second teaching area. This can be a sub-major from the list below or other approved area of study. Your second teaching area needs to meet the NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority) content requirements. Note if you have chosen a language as your first teaching area, you cannot choose a language as your second teaching area. Please seek advice from an Academic Course Adviser about good first and second teaching area combinations.

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

SM1077Arabic
SM2052Business Studies for Secondary Teaching
SM1078Chinese
SM2053Economics for Secondary Teaching
SM1071English
SM1093Geography and Urban Studies
SM1049Indigenous Australian Studies
SM1112Indonesian
SM1080Japanese
SM1083Music for Secondary Teaching
SM3025Mathematics
SM1121Modern History

Dean’s Scholars pool units

Students must complete at least 20 credit points from the following Dean’s Scholar’s pool

102193International Special Study
101173Internship
102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
200855Leadership in a Complex World
301071Introduction to Critical Thinking
301069Research Stories
301072Innovation Lab
102250Ethical Leadership
301070Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation
102212Internship and Community Engagement

Recommended Full-time sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Sub-major unit/second teaching area unit

Spring session

BA core unit

BA core unit

Major unit

Sub-major unit/second teaching area unit

Year 2

Autumn session

Major unit

Major unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Spring session

Major unit

Major unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Major unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Dean’s Scholars Pool unit

And one elective

Spring session

Major unit

Education Studies or sub-major/second teaching area unit

Dean’s Scholars Pool unit

And one elective



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