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Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking

Approved Abbreviation: BAppLead&CritThink


Western Sydney University Course Code: 3725.1

AQF Level: 7

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 in this course was 2015 or later.

The Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking (BALCT) is not a stand-alone degree, but is designed to be undertaken in combination with any Western Sydney bachelor degree. It focuses on ethical leadership, creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation, capacity to deal with complexities, relationship and critical thinking skills. The Academy's three pillars of academic rigour, professional and personal development and community engagement provide the perfect base upon which to offer this innovative degree. These characteristics and aptitudes are what the employer of tomorrow will be seeking in a graduate. Students enrolled in this degree will think from multiple perspectives, see and create opportunities, and bring creative, cooperative, empathetic and ethical leadership to his or her future role in the workplace – even if that role is, as yet, unimagined.

Study Mode
Three years full-time or the equivalent part-time. Note: This includes two years equivalent Advanced Standing for prior undergraduate degree.

Course Advice

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

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeMulti Modal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeMulti Modal See above

Advanced standing

Advanced Standing will be granted for a maximum of 160 credit points. At least 80 credit points must be completed while enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

This course is made available to high-achieving students only. To be eligible for admission to the BALCT, a student must attain a minimum ATAR of 85, or the minimum ATAR for their primary undergraduate degree, whichever is the higher.

Students must also maintain a grade point average of 5 or above throughout the duration of their study.

Current Western Sydney University students wishing to enrol must have a minimum GPA for 5 or above.

Non-school leavers must have completed an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 5.

For current Western Sydney University students wishing to enrol please complete the Course Choice Form available on the University's Students webpage.

Course Choice Form

International applicants must apply directly to 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.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Students must have completed all requirements for another bachelor degree in order to graduate with the Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking.

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.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking (BALCT) is not a stand-alone degree, but is designed to be undertaken in combination with any Western Sydney bachelor degree.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below and 160 credit points of Advanced Standing.

Recommended Sequence

Standard Pathway

Year 1

1H session

301071Introduction to Critical Thinking
301069Research Stories
102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
200855Leadership in a Complex World

2H Session

301072Innovation Lab
102212Internship and Community Engagement
102250Ethical Leadership
301070Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation

Four Year Accelerated Pathway for Concurrent Enrolment in a Four Year Degree

Year 1

Summer session

200855Leadership in a Complex World

Year 2

Summer session

102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
301071Introduction to Critical Thinking

Year 3

Summer session

102250Ethical Leadership
301069Research Stories

Year 4

Summer session

301070Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation
102212Internship and Community Engagement
301072Innovation Lab

Five Year Accelerated Pathway for Concurrent Enrolment in a Five Year Degree

Year 1

Summer session

200855Leadership in a Complex World

Year 2

Summer session

102211Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking
301071Introduction to Critical Thinking

Year 3

Summer session

102250Ethical Leadership
301069Research Stories

Year 4

Summer session

301070Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation

Year 5

Summer session

102212Internship and Community Engagement
301072Innovation Lab


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