Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary)

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  • Qualification:
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Western Sydney University
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Course Rundown

Use your skills in research, writing and communication to build a career helping children with this Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) course from Western Sydney University.

Designed for students with strengths in arts and humanities, seeking to work towards a career in primary teaching, this innovative degree provides the foundation skills and knowledge required for a career in the arts, while preparing students for future study and work in teaching.

After completing this course, you may choose to undertake a Master of Teaching, in order to work as a primary school teacher. This undergraduate degree offers study in languages, history, geography, international relations, media, social sciences and more, to build a strong base of inquisitive learning, and to hone your skills in critical thinking and communication. Specific study in an education context and teaching pedagogy gives students the opportunity to investigate and critique contemporary education issues.

If you like working with people and want a career helping others, this dynamic course offers you a compelling career pathway. Build work-ready skills while preparing for a career helping others with this arts and teaching pathway degree.


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In this arts 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

All students will complete one of the following education studies specialisations:

  • Primary English teaching specialisation
  • Primary mathematics teaching specialisation
  • Primary science teaching specialisation

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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:

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Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Teaching Primary) 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, before pursuing further study to qualify as a primary school teacher.

With this degree, you'll have the opportunity to turn your natural curiosity and creativity into solutions for a new generation. You'll be able to seek work in a broad range of research, communication and policy roles across sectors 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.

Curious about where a career in teaching could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

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.

HECS-HELP 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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