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Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

Approved Abbreviation: DipArts/BA


Western Sydney University Course Code: 6019.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096976E


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 Term 2, 2018 or later.

For Commencement Year Term 2 2017 to Term 1 2018, please refer to 6019.1 - Diploma in Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) is a three year degree specially designed to lead into the Master of Teaching (Primary), an accredited postgraduate teaching qualification. The Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) component provides a focussed study in a Major content discipline of your choice as well as opportunity to study an Education Studies Major as a Primary Teaching Specialisation in either English, Mathematics or Science. As well as being equipped with all the necessary elements of an initial teacher qualification, Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) 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.

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.

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

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 Primary).

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

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

Course Advice

NameEmail
College AdminAdminApp@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
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.

The early exit College Diploma consists of 110 credit points which includes three College Preparatory units.

Western Sydney University The College Units

Nirimba, Bankstown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) 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

700294Australian Politics and Active Citizenship (WSTC)
700291Foundations of Academic English (WSTC)
700292Diversity, Language and Culture (WSTC)
700293Thinking Critically About Texts and Society (WSTC)
700135Everyday Life (WSTC)
700134Global History (WSTC)
700288Introduction to Literary Studies (WSTC)
700137Mathematical Patterns and Relationships (WSTC)

Equivalent Core Units

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

700131 - Analytical Reading and Writing (WSTC)

700130 - Australia and the World (WSTC)

700132 - Contemporary Society (WSTC)

700133 - Texts and Traditions (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 2 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 2 units.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 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 Primary).

Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

Bankstown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campus

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • Arts Major
  • Education Studies Major - Primary Teaching Specialisation

Education Studies Major - Primary Teaching Specialisation

All students must complete one of the following Education Studies Major - Primary Teaching Specialisations

M1126Education Studies - Primary English Teaching Specialisation
M1127Education Studies - Primary Mathematics Teaching Specialisation
M1128Education Studies - Primary Science Teaching Specialisation

Arts Majors

All students must complete one of the following Majors. Explanation of these Majors can be found under the program listing below and are available dependent on the campus of offering.

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

M1097Anthropology
M1059Arabic
M1060Chinese
M1113Creative Writing
M1052Cultural and Social Analysis
M1053English
M1071Geography and Urban Studies
M1054History and Political Thought
M1041Indigenous Australian Studies
M1093Indonesian
M1129International English
M1055International Relations and Asian Studies
M1056Islamic Studies
M1062Japanese
M1119Linguistics
M1114Musicology
M1115Music Performance
M2512Organisations and Work
M1110Psychological Studies
M1058Philosophy
M1073Sociology

Recommended Full-time Sequence

Year 2

Autumn session

Arts Major unit

Arts Major unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Spring session

Arts Major unit

Arts Major unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Year 3

Autumn session

Arts Major unit

Arts Major unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Spring session

Arts Major unit

Arts Major unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit

Primary Teaching Specialisation unit



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