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

Western Sydney University
Western Sydney University
  • Awarded by

    Western Sydney University

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    HECS-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

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Last modified: 19 Feb 2020

In a Nutshell

You're a creative thinker who wants to make a difference in other people's lives. Turn it into a rewarding career with this innovative Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12) course from Western Sydney University. 

Designed for an ever-changing modern workforce, this versatile degree is suited for students interested in building skills for work in arts and humanities, while establishing a pathway towards early childhood teaching. This course offers a solid foundation in key arts skills and knowledge areas while positioning students to move towards a Master of Teaching after course completion. 

Units in anthropology, communications, geography, history, marketing, languages and more stimulate curiosity and build sought-after professional skills in reading, writing, research and analysis, across 21 arts major options. Education units offer the opportunity to investigate and critique contemporary education issues.

After completing this course, you'll have a strong foundation in the key contemporary issues facing the teaching profession today - leaving you well-suited for success in a Master of Teaching after finishing this course. 

For a smarter start to your teaching career, this diverse degree offers a unique first step to a rewarding new career.

  • What You'll Need to Get In


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

    Enquire now to find out about the ATAR required to qualify for this course.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this teaching course, the subjects you may study include:

    Arts core subjects:

    • Foundations of academic English
    • Thinking critically about texts and society
    • Diversity, language and culture
    • Australian politics and active citizenship

    Students will select an arts major:

    • Anthropology
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • Creative writing
    • Cultural and social analysis
    • English
    • Geography and urban studies
    • History and political thought
    • Indigenous Australian studies
    • Indonesian
    • International English
    • International relations and Asian studies
    • Islamic studies
    • Japanese
    • Linguistics
    • Musicology
    • Music performance
    • Organisations and work
    • Philosophy
    • Psychological studies
    • Sociology

    Education studies core subjects:

    • Fundamentals for working mathematically
    • Mathematical patterns and relationships

    Education studies Majors:

    • Children, families, communities
    • Contemporary childhoods
    • Diversity and difference
    • Early learning environments
    • Ethical futures
    • Introduction to pedagogical leadership
    • The developing child
    • Theorising play

    Students will select one specialisation within their education studies subjects.

    Education studies mathematics teaching specialisation subjects:

    • Fundamentals for working mathematically
    • Mathematical patterns and relationships
    • Analysis of change
    • Differential equations
    • Discrete mathematics
    • Linear algebra
    • Mathematics 1A
    • Mathematical modelling
    • Quantitative thinking

    Education studies English teaching specialisation subjects:

    • Foundations of academic English
    • Thinking critically about texts and society
    • Creative writing
    • English
    • International English
    • Linguistics
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  • Why Western Sydney University?

    Trust Western Sydney University to get you qualified in your field! Gain a recognised degree in Business, Health, Psychology, Communication, Medical Science, Criminology, Arts or loads more with WSU. Study online or on-campus and gain valuable, real-life skills that'll see you succeed in the workforce. With a reputation for excellence, you can be proud to graduate with a degree that comes from a uni ranked in the top 2% globally! Open up to a world of possibilities and enquire about a course with WSU today. 

    When you join Western Sydney University you’re also joining an engaged online community of fellow students and academics, who are committed to helping you succeed during your studies.

    Whether you're studying on-campus or online, students will have access to student advisors, specially trained online learning advisors, access to online assignment assistance to ensure your work is always on the right track, student welfare services including professional counselling, plus stay in touch with other students via WSU’s specially-built digital portal.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Birth - 5/Birth - 12) from Western Sydney University. This nationally recognised qualification will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to seek work in a wide variety of sectors in the arts and humanities fields.

With this qualification, you'll have the opportunity to challenge traditional ways of thinking, and invent creative new solutions for some of the world's most pressing challenges. You'll have the chance to seek employment across a broad range of roles in research, communications, policy development and social sciences, and work for businesses and organisations across industries including media, retail, technology, education, hospitality, art and more. You'll be particularly suited to seeking employment in fields relating to education policy and planning.

Upon completion of this course, you may choose to enrol in a Master of Teaching, to qualify as an early childhood teacher for a meaningful career working with children.

Wondering where a career in arts and humanities could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

Let's Talk Price

Western Sydney University offers flexible payment options for students.

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay your degree fees upfront.


You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $45,881 (2019-20 income year). 


Find out more about government study loans here.

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