Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: BA
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1651
  • AQF Level: 7

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 2017-2018 - please refer to 1651.7 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2015-2016 - please refer to 1651.6 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

For Commencement Year 2013-2014 - please refer to 1651.5 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

Graduates of this degree are eligible for entry into the Master of Teaching (Primary) via Transition to Teaching pathway. Completion of both the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs 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 program to attain a teaching qualification.

The BA (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.

  • 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

Admission

Assumed knowledge: two units of HSC English.

Recommended studies: HSC English Standard, or equivalent.

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 with no less than 60 credit points at Level 3 or higher.

All students must enrol in and complete:

  • 40 credit points of Bachelor of Arts Core subjects
  • An 80 credit point Arts Major
  • 40 credit points of electives
  • An 80 credit point Education Studies - Primary Teaching Major in either English, Mathematics, or Science

Core Components

Subject Title Credit Points
BA Core Subjects
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 

Education Studies - Primary Teaching Major

All students must complete one of the following Education Studies – Primary Teaching Majors:

Arts Majors

All students must complete one of the following Majors.  An explanation of each major can be found via the links below.  Majors are available dependent on the campus of offering.

Note: Not all majors are available on all campuses.  Please check availability.

Inherent Requirements

The following Majors and minors have inherent requirements that you must meet in order to complete these majors and graduate: Arabic, Chinese and Japanese. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for these majors and minors online.

Click here for details of the Inherent Requirements

Minors

The 40 credit points of electives can also be used to complete a minor. The following minors are available and are dependent on the campus of offering.

Note: not all Arts minors are available on all campuses.

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).

SM1070 Cultural and Social Analysis, Minor, replaced by Culture and Society, Minor in 2020 (listed above).
SM1072 History and Political Thought, Minor, replaced by History and Political Thought, Minor in 2020 (listed above).
SM1120 International English, Minor, replaced by SM1132 International English, Minor in 2018.
SM1132 International English, Minor, replacedy by International English, Minor in 2020 (listed above).

Recommended Full-time Sequence

Note that the number of BA core subjects on offer will vary depending on your campus of enrolment.

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 subject (Level 1) or Arts Major subject Arts 10
Select one Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one BA core subject (Level 1) 10
Select one BA core subject (Level 1) or Arts Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Autumn session
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject or Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one elective subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points240

Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor

Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Search for minors

Students can apply for an elective minor via MySR.

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