Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: BA(Interp&Trans)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1519
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 041109C

This program applies to students who commenced in 2018 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

Commencement Year 2017 - 1519.7 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year Spring 2015 to 2016 - 1519.6 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year 2013 to Autumn 2015 - 1519.5 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year 2012 - 1519.4 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year 2010 to 2011 - 1519.3 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year 2007 to 2009 - 1519.2 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Commencement Year 2001 to 2006 - 1519.1 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

This program is designed to provide students with appropriate training and theoretical background to equip them to work as professional interpreters and/or translators. The program consists of a key field of study in Interpreting and Translation and a major in language, linguistics and cultural studies. Students also complete a period of professional practical experience and sit for capstone examinations which qualify them to seek Certification by the National Accreditation Authority for Translation and Interpreters [NAATI].

Students in 1519 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation) may qualify for the alternate exit program 1813 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation Studies).

  • Director of Academic Program - Assoc Prof Robert Mailhammer

Study Mode

Three years full-time or six years part-time

Program Advice

Dr Kenny Wang

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

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta City Campus-Macquarie Street Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

This program is an Endorsed Qualification for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the Certified Interpreter and Translator level (formerly Level 3). Students who wish to sit for NAATI Certification must pass the subject LANG 3067 Preparation for NAATI Certification (UG). Students who are unable to pass this subject will be able to graduate with the Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation Studies) as an alternative exit, provided they pass an alternative subject of 10 credit points. 

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.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Admission

Any two units of English and a high level of proficiency (native or near-native level) in one of the languages offered in the program.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local 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.

International students currently completing an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia, an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 must apply via UAC International.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the 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.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the subjects listed in the recommended sequence

  • 90 credit points of core subjects including 40 credit points of the BA core subjects
  • 60 credit points of Interpreting and Translation subjects
  • 30 credit points of Linguistics subjects
  • 60 credit points of Level 3 Language and English Consolidation Pool subjects

Note: Students in 1519 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation) who do not complete subject LANG 3067 Preparation for NAATI Certification (UG) may qualify for the alternate exit program 1813 Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation Studies) by completing any additional 10 credit point subject from the Linguistics or Language pool subjects or from any subject in 1706 Bachelor of Arts.

Bachelor of Arts Core Subjects (40 credit points)

Subject Title Credit Points
HUMN 1052Australian Politics and Active Citizenship10
LANG 1030Thinking Critically About Texts and Society10
HUMN 1053Diversity, Language and Culture10
LANG 1029Foundations of Academic English10
Total Credit Points40

Equivalent Core Subjects

The core subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

HUMN 1002 - Analytical Reading and Writing, replaced by LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English
HUMN 1005 - Australia and the World, replaced by HUMN 1052 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship
HUMN 1009 - Contemporary Society, replaced by HUMN 1053 Diversity, Language and Culture
LANG 1026 - Texts and Traditions, replaced by LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society

Interpreting and Translation Pool

Students must complete 60 credit points from the Interpreting and Translation pool

Subject Title Credit Points
Select 60 credit points of the following:60
Community Translation (UG)
Interpreting Skills
Legal Interpreting (UG)
Medical Interpreting (UG)
Specialised Translation (UG)
Text Analysis for Translation (UG)
Translation Technologies
Total Credit Points60

Linguistics Pool

Students must complete 30 credit points of Linguistics pool subjects from the Bachelor of Arts

Linguistics, Major

Languages and English Consolidation Pool

Students must complete 60 credit points from this pool (any combination of Level 3 language subjects and English subjects listed below)

English Consolidation

Subject Title Credit Points
TEAC 1012English as an International Language10
TEAC 2025English Language Analysis10
LANG 2055English Text10
COMM 2050Multiliteracies10

Equivalent Subjects

The subject listed below counts towards completion of the 60 credit points from this pool for students who passed this subject in 2019 or earlier.

LANG 2048 - Working Grammar

The subject listed below counts towards completion of the 60 credit points from this pool for students who passed this subject in 2020 or earlier.

TEAC 3008 - English Language Linguistics

Arabic

Click the link below to refer to the Level 3 Arabic language pool from the Bachelor of Arts

Arabic, Major

Chinese

Click the link below to refer to the Level 3 Chinese language pool from the Bachelor of Arts

Chinese, Major

Japanese

Click the link below to refer to the Level 3 Japanese language pool from the Bachelor of Arts

Japanese, Major

Spanish

Some subjects below need to be completed cross-institutionally as they are no longer available at Western Sydney University

Subject Title Credit Points
LANG 3074Spanish 30110
LANG 3075Spanish 30210
LANG 3076Spanish 303: Advanced Writing Skills10
LANG 3077Spanish 304: Advanced Speaking Skills10
LANG 3078Spanish 305: Contemporary Literature10
LANG 3079Spanish 306: Contemporary History10
LANG 3080Spanish 307: Classical Literature10
LANG 3081Spanish 308: Spanish Sociolinguistics10
LANG 3045Intercultural Communication10
LANG 3082Special Study in Languages and Linguistics10
LANG 3072Short Fiction in the Americas10

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
LANG 1017 Introduction to Translation 10
LANG 1014 Introduction to Linguistics 10
LANG 1029 Foundations of Academic English 10
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 1013 Introduction to Interpreting 10
HUMN 1052 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship 10
LANG 1030 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society 10
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 1053 Diversity, Language and Culture 10
Select two Interpreting and Translation pool subjects 20
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select two Interpreting and Translation pool subjects 20
Select one Linguistics pool subject 10
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one Interpreting and Translation pool subject 10
Select two Linguistics pool subjects 20
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
LANG 3067 Preparation for NAATI Certification (UG) 10
LANG 3049 Interpreting and Translation Professional Practicum (UG) 10
Select one Interpeting and Translation pool subject 10
Select one subject from the Language and English Consolidation pool (Language subjects must be Level 3) 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240