Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking

  • Effective from: 2015
  • Approved Abbreviation: BAppLead&CritThink
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 3725
  • AQF Level: 7

This program applies to students who commenced in 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.

Program Advice

The Academy
 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

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Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Multi Modal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Multi Modal See above

Inherent Requirements

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

Inherent Requirements

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 program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

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

Admission

Assumed knowledge: 2 Units of HSC English.

This program 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 Concurrent Degree 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.

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.

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 subjects listed in the recommended sequence below and 160 credit points of Advanced Standing.

Recommended Sequence

Standard Pathway

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
1H sessionCredit Points
BUSM 1016 Leadership in a Complex World 10
HUMN 1036 Introduction to Critical Thinking 10
HUMN 2045 Research Stories 10
DESN 2002 Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
HUMN 3052 Innovation Lab 10
BEHV 2007 Internship and Community Engagement 10
CULT 3011 Ethical Leadership 10
HUMN 2035 Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points80

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

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Summer sessionCredit Points
BUSM 1016 Leadership in a Complex World 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Summer session
DESN 2002 Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking 10
HUMN 1036 Introduction to Critical Thinking 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Summer session
CULT 3011 Ethical Leadership 10
HUMN 2045 Research Stories 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Summer session
HUMN 2035 Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation 10
BEHV 2007 Internship and Community Engagement 10
HUMN 3052 Innovation Lab 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points80

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

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Summer sessionCredit Points
BUSM 1016 Leadership in a Complex World 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Summer session
DESN 2002 Creativity, Innovation and Design Thinking 10
HUMN 1036 Introduction to Critical Thinking 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Summer session
CULT 3011 Ethical Leadership 10
HUMN 2045 Research Stories 10
 Credit Points20
Year 4
Summer session
HUMN 2035 Logic, Rhetoric and Argumentation 10
 Credit Points10
Year 5
Summer session
BEHV 2007 Internship and Community Engagement 10
HUMN 3052 Innovation Lab 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80