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

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: DipArts/BA
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6019
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096976E

This program applies to students who commenced in Term 2, 2018 or later. 

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

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 program 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 program.

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 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.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

For program advice duirng Year 1 , contact The College:  College Program Enquiries
For program advice during Years 2 and 3, contact the School of Humanities & Communication Arts:  Program Advice

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
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal 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 with 70% or higher, or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject 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 program 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 program with a 50% pass, or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher, or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English subject 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 program with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 270 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended Sequence tab.

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

Western Sydney University The College subjects

Nirimba, Bankstown, Parramatta - Victoria Road and Penrith campuses

Please note that all campuses may not have intakes each year.

  • Students must pass all College Preparatory subjects before progressing to the Year Two subjects.
  • Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level subjects in Year One before progressing to the Year Two subjects.

In order to ensure that Bachelor of Arts students 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 subjects

Bankstown, Parramatta (Victoria Road) and Penrith Campuses

All students must enrol in and complete

  • an Arts Major
  • an Education Studies Major - Primary Teaching Major

Education Studies - Primary Teaching Majors

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

Arts Majors

All students must complete one of the following Majors. Explanation of these Majors can be found via the links below and 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 must be met in order to complete the major or minor:  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

Replaced Majors

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

M1052 Cultural and Social Analysis, Major, replaced by Culture and Society, Major in 2021 (listed above).
M1054 History and Political Thought, Major, replaced by History and Political Thought, Major in 2021 (listed above).
M1129 International English, Major, replaced by International English, Major in 2021 (listed above).

Recommended Sequence

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 270 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Full-time start-year intake

Students may exit from this program after successful completion of all Year 1 College subjects below, and graduate with the Diploma in Arts.  Students who progress onto Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the Year 1 College subjects.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
First term of study  
LANG 0003 Academic English (WSTC Prep) 10
LANG 0009 Academic Skills for Arts (WSTC Prep) 10
COMM 0011 Texts and Communication (WSTC Prep) 10
LANG 1032 Thinking Critically About Texts and Society (WSTC) 10
Second term of study  
LANG 1031 Foundations of Academic English (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1059 When Worlds Collide: European Empires and the World, c.1600-1950 (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1056 Diversity, Language and Culture (WSTC) 10
Third term of study  
LANG 1016 Introduction to Literary Studies (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1055 Australian Politics and Active Citizenship (WSTC) 10
HUMN 1018 Everyday Life (WSTC) 10
TEAC 1025 Mathematical Patterns and Relationships (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points110
Year 2
Autumn session
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Year 3
Autumn session
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Arts Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
Select one Primary Teaching Major subject 10
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points270

 Equivalent core subjects

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

HUMN 1003 - Analytical Reading and Writing (WSTC)
HUMN 1006 - Australia and the World (WSTC)
HUMN 1011 - Contemporary Society (WSTC)
HUMN 1023 - Global History (WSTC)
LANG 1027 - Texts and Traditions (WSTC)