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

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: BA
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1708
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 086119G

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

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

For Commencement Year 2018 - please refer to 1708.4 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to 1708.3 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2015-2016 - please refer to 1708.2 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

For Commencement Year 2013-2014 - please refer to 1708.1 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12)

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 alongside the specialist Birth - 5 / Birth - 12 Education Studies subjects.

Graduates of this degree are eligible for direct entry into the Master of Teaching (Birth - 5 Years / Birth - 12 Years) via the Transition to Teaching pathway. Completion of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs provides a teaching qualification for early childhood (Birth - 5 Years) or early childhood and primary teaching (Birth - 12 Years). Eligible students will receive advice during their final study session in the Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) regarding how to accept an offer into the Postgraduate program to attain a teaching qualification.

  • Director of Academic Program - Dr Dianne Dickenson

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

enquiriesHCA@westernsydney.edu.au

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
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

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

Assumed knowledge: 2 units of HSC Mathematics and 2 units of HSC English or equivalent.

Recommended studies for school leavers: Band 4 or above in both HSC English and HSC Mathematics or equivalent; or a completed Diploma of Children's Services or relevant VET award.

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 below.

Students must complete 60 credit points at Level 3 or higher.

All students must enrol in and complete 120 credit points of Arts subjects as follows.

  • 40 credit points Bachelor of Arts Core
  • 80 credit points Arts Major

And

120 credit points of Education subjects as follows.

  • 20 credit points Education Studies Core (Birth - 5 / Birth - 12)
  • 80 credit points Education Studies Major (Birth - 5 / Birth - 12) subjects
  • 40 credit points teaching minor in either English or Mathematics (choose one of the two minors below).
  • Note: some subjects are common to the core or major and the minors. Therefore, students will only need to complete a total of 120 credit points of Education Studies subjects.

Students must complete 60 credit points at Level 3 or higher.

Bachelor of Arts core subjects

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

BA Majors

Education Studies (Birth-5/Birth-12) Core Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete the core subjects below (20 credit points):
TEAC 2029Fundamentals for Working Mathematically10
TEAC 1024Mathematical Patterns and Relationships10
Total Credit Points20

Education Studies Major (Birth-5/Birth-12) Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete 80 credit points as follows.
TEAC 7015Children, Families, Communities10
TEAC 2009Contemporary Childhoods10
TEAC 2015Diversity and Difference10
TEAC 7037Early Learning Environments10
TEAC 3009Ethical Futures10
TEAC 7057Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership10
TEAC 1032The Developing Child10
TEAC 7147Theorising Play10
Total Credit Points80

Teaching Minor (Birth-5/Birth-12)

Students must enrol in and complete one of the Teaching Specialisations (minors) below.

Mathematics Teaching Specialisaton (Birth-5/Birth-12)

Subject Title Credit Points
Students must complete 40 credit points as follows.
TEAC 2029Fundamentals for Working Mathematically10
TEAC 1024Mathematical Patterns and Relationships10
Select two of the following:20
Analysis of Change
Discrete Mathematics
Linear Algebra
Quantitative Thinking
MATH 1030Statistics for Business10
Total Credit Points50

English Teaching Specialisation (Birth-5/Birth-12)

Subject Title Credit Points
Core subjects
Students must complete 40 credit points as follows.
LANG 1029Foundations of Academic English10
LANG 1030Thinking Critically About Texts and Society10
Total Credit Points20

And select two subjects (20 credit points) from the following English majors:

Students may also take the subject COMM 2050 Multiliteracies (10 credit points) towards the 20 credit point requirement above.

Replaced Majors and Minors

The majors and minors listed below count towards completion of this Program for students who began studying these majors and minors prior to the years indicated below.

M1052 Cultural and Social Analysis, Major, replaced by Culture and Society, Major in 2020 (listed above).
M1054 History and Political Thought, Major, replaced by History and Political Thought, Major in 2020 (listed above).
M1108 International English, Major, replaced by M1129 International English, Major in 2018.
M1129 International English, Major, replaced by International English, Major in 2020 (listed above).

SM1130 Mathematics Teaching Specialisation (Birth - 5/Birth -12), Minor, replaced by Mathematics Teaching Specialisation (Birth - 5/Birth -12) (listed above).

Recommended Sequence

Note that the number of Bachelor of Arts core subjects on offer each session will vary depending on your campus of enrolment.

Full-time start year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core or BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 2009 Contemporary Childhoods 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core or BA Major subject 10
Select one BA Core or BA Major subject 10
TEAC 1032 The Developing Child 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 2015 Diversity and Difference 10
Select one of the following: 10
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 3009 Ethical Futures 10
Select one of the following: 10
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7147 Theorising Play 10
Select one subject from the English or Mathematics Specialisation 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7057 Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
Select one subject from the English or Mathematics Specialisation 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core or BA Major subject 10
TEAC 1032 The Developing Child 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Major subject 10
Select one BA Core or BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 2009 Contemporary Childhoods 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Spring session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 3009 Ethical Futures 10
Select one of the following: 10
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 2015 Diversity and Difference 10
Select one of the following: 10
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Spring session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7057 Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
Select one subject from the English or Mathematics Specialisation 10
 Credit Points40
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7147 Theorising Play 10
Select one subject from the English or Mathematics Specialisation 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care Graduates

For graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 200 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Depending on campus of enrolment, select one of the following: 1 10
One BA Core subject (Level 1)
 
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
One English/Maths Specialisation subject
 
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA Core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Core subject / BA Major subject 10
Select one of the following: 10
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
One English/Maths Specialisation subject
 
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one English/Maths Specialisation subject 10
Select one of the following: 10
Mathematical Patterns and Relationships  
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7057 Introduction to Pedagogical Leadership 10
TEAC 7037 Early Learning Environments 10
Select one of the following: 10
Select one BA Major Subject
 
Fundamentals for Working Mathematically  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one BA Major Subject 10
Select one BA Major Subject 10
TEAC 7015 Children, Families, Communities 10
TEAC 7147 Theorising Play 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points200

Note:  students may opt to include two additional subjects in Year 3 Autumn from either the Mathematics or English minor in order to complete four specialisation subjects and meet the BA component of the NESA teaching specialisation.