Course

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

Approved Abbreviation: DipArts/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6017.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096975F


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


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, a major in Education Studies and a sub-major in Early Childhood Studies. In this course students have the option to undertake their Arts major in Cultural and Social Analysis, English, History and Political Thought or International Relations and Asian Studies.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Arts exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

For course advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Course Advice’. For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12).

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

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
Dr Kathy Goochk.gooch@westernsydney.edu.au

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

Admission

For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/thecollege/how_to_apply

Domestic students are required to have

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, OR
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Met other entry requirements such as

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band OR
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass OR
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent OR
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement OR
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 270 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba, Bankstown, Parramatta CBD (George Street) and Penrith Campus

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

Year 1

Preparatory units

Students must pass the following three preparatory level units

700056Academic English (WSTC Prep)
700211Academic Skills for Arts (WSTC Prep)
700192Texts and Communication (WSTC Prep)

University level units

Students must pass the following eight University level units

700132Contemporary Society (WSTC)
700131Analytical Reading and Writing (WSTC)
700134Global History (WSTC)
700272Being a Child (WSTC)
700130Australia and the World (WSTC)
700133Texts and Traditions (WSTC)
700137Mathematical Patterns and Relationships (WSTC)
700273The Developing Child (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Arts following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress onto Year Two may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year Two units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year One before progressing to the Year Two units.

In order to ensure that Bachelor of Arts student meet the course requirements, all students must seek advice from their Academic Course Advisor when transitioning to the second year of their course.

Western Sydney University Units

For course advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12).

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

Bankstown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

All students must enrol in and complete

  • Arts Major
  • Education Studies (Birth 5/Birth 12) Major
  • Early Childhood Studies Sub-major

Bachelor of Arts Majors

(the major selected must correspond to the optional unit undertaken in year 1, leaving a remaining 70 credit points for completion)

M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1054History and Political Thought
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies

Education Studies (Birth 5/Birth 12) Major

M1082Education Studies (Birth-5 / Birth-12)

(this major includes the unit Mathematical Patterns and Relationships, undertaken in year 1, leaving a remaining 70 credit points for completion)

Students completing the Education Studies (Birth-5 / Birth-12) Major must enrol in the following Education Studies Major (Birth – 5 / Birth – 12) units: At least one numeracy unit from the Numeracy and Science pool; four units from the Birth – 5 / Birth – 12 pool; and, two specified units from the Learning in Context pool – 102048 Contemporary Childhoods and 101623 Ethical Futures – and one additional unit from the Numeracy and Science pool OR from the Learning in Context pool.

Early Childhood Studies Sub-major

SM1089Early Childhood Studies

(this sub-major includes the units Being a Child and The Developing Child, undertaken in year 1, leaving a remaining 20 credit points for completion)

Please note that the residual units which comprise the Education Studies Major and the Early Childhood Studies Sub-major are listed in the recommended sequence displayed below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 2

Autumn session

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

102048Contemporary Childhoods
102104Theorising Play

Spring session

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

101899Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership
102047Learning Environments

Year 3

Autumn session

BA Major Unit

BA Major Unit

102102Children, Families, Communities
101112Diversity and Difference

Spring session

BA Major Unit

101623Ethical Futures
102103Community Leadership

Alternate unit from either the Numeracy and Science pool or the Learning in Context pool in the Education Studies major.



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