Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

  • Approved Abbreviation: DipHlthSc/BHlthSc
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 6000
  • AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096963K

This program applies to students who commenced in 2021 or later. 

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

Commencement Year 2017 - 6000.1 Diploma in Health Science/Bachelor of Health Science

The Diploma/Bachelor of Health Science provides an understanding of health sciences. Students choose one of five specialisations.

Health Promotion
Public Health
Health Service Management
Recreational Therapy
Clinical Sciences

These specialisations prepare students for work in related fields or to undertake further study. The health promotion, public health, health services management and recreational therapy programs qualify students for highly demanded positions in the workforce. The clinical sciences testamur major prepares students for graduate entry clinical health courses. Students have flexibility in their elective choices within the course and can select from a range of majors or submajors/minors, to complement their primary testamur major and extend their health discipline-specific knowledge and skill set.

The testamur majors Public Health, Health Promotion and Recreational Therapy are also offered as fully online courses.

To facilitate the development of skills required for competent practice this program includes work placement opportunities of 120 hours (Public Health and Health Promotion), 280 hours (Health Services Management) and 720 hours (Recreational Therapy). The Clinical Sciences major does not include a work placement, but these students can choose a second major in health promotion and public health to gain a workplace experience.

The first year of this program is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University. A Diploma in Health Science exit award is available on completion of requirements specified for the first year of the program.

Western Sydney University, The College

For program advice during your first year of study, please use the contact below under ‘Program Advice’. For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Health Science.

Bachelor of Health Science

Early Exit

Students may exit this program on completion of 100 credit points with a 7018 Diploma in Health Science

Study Mode

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

Program Advice

College Admin

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
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Campbelltown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Online Full Time Online See above
Online Part Time Online See above
The College - Nirimba Education Precinct Full Time Internal See above

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Health Science (Health Service Management) has Professional Accreditation with the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM). The Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation) has been granted accreditation from Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA).

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

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 subject in the NSW Higher School Certificate, Or
  • Competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) 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 at IELTS 6.0 equivalent 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.

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

To enrol in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/learning_futures/home/placements_hub/placements_hub/student_compliance

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 260 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

  • 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.

Recommended Sequence 

Year 1 College Units

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1Credit Points
First Term of Study  
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
Second Term of Study  
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
Select one of the following depending on Major 10
Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) (for students in Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreational Therapy Majors)  
Cell Biology (WSTC) (for students in Clinical Sciences Major)  
Statistics for Business (WSTC) (for students in Health Services Management Major)  
Third Term of Study  
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points100

Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Trimester 1Credit Points
First Term of Study  
HLTH 0005 The Health Science Professional (WSTC Prep) 10
NATS 0006 Fundamentals of Health Science (WSTC Prep) 10
PUBH 1007 Population Health and Society (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1015 Professional Competencies in Health (WSTC) 10
Second Term of Study  
PUBH 2006 Culture, Diversity and Health (WSTC) 10
COMM 1008 Communication in Health (WSTC) 10
HLTH 1014 Evidence in Health (WSTC) 10
Third Term of Study  
BEHV 1015 Psychology and Health (WSTC) 10
BIOS 1037 Human Development and Disease across the Lifespan (WSTC) 10
Select one of the follow depending on major 10
Anatomy and Physiology in Health (WSTC) (for students in Health Promotion, Public Health, Recreational Therapy Majors)  
Cell Biology (WSTC) (for students in Clinical Sciences Major)  
Statistics for Business (WSTC) (for students in Health Services Management Major)  
 Credit Points100
 Total Credit Points100

Years 2 and 3 Western Sydney University Subjects

For program advice during your second and subsequent years of study, please use the contact listed for the Bachelor of Health Science.

Students must select and enrol in one of the following Major Testamurs. Students can then choose a second major, two minors or a selection of electives

Testamur Majors 

Majors
Chosen as a second major

Health Promotion, Major
Health Services Management, Major
Public Health, Major

Recommended Minors

Note: See Bachelor of Health Science. for detail on additional majors/minors available with this program.

Major and Minor elective spaces

Elective subjects may be used toward obtaining an additional approved major (80 credit points) or minor (40 credit points).  Western Sydney University offers majors and minors in a range of areas including Sustainability and Indigenous Studies.

Global Sustainability Minor  
Indigenous Australian Studies Major   
Indigenous Australian Studies Minor

Western Sydney University also offers the following innovative transdisciplinary minors which we encourage those students who have elective space to consider.

Equitable Technologies
Urban Evolution
Migration and Global Change   
Personal Innovation    
Innovating, Creating and Problem Solving 
Eco-Socially Conscious Design and Manufacturing
Water for Life 
Climate Justice
Global Workplaces
Innovating For Humans

Search for majors and minors

Students can apply for an elective major or minor via MySR.

MyStudentRecords (MySR)