Big Picture Pathway

Big Picture Pathway at Western

In partnership with Big Picture Education Australia and participating high schools, Western Sydney University provides students with a parallel portfolio-based pathway into a range of university degree programs without needing an ATAR.

Participating high schools create a Big Picture pathway from year 9 - 10 onwards, as an alternative to the HSC. This pathway recognises the need for some learners to work on areas of interest in a more self-directed way and to develop a broad range of capabilities. This is assessed via the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) on the basis of their subject interest. These students are passionate about what they are doing, and highly motivated to learn and achieve. 

Project Based Learning

Students must complete a range of requirements, including a comprehensive portfolio and regular exhibitions of their work. In year 11 & 12, the Big Picture high school students enter into mentoring relationships with university academics in their area of interest.

In applying to Western, students submit their portfolio, including their principal's recommendation, and attend an interview with our academic staff. Upon successful completion, the student may be eligible for an offer into a degree program at Western Sydney University or an enabling pathway such as The College.

More information about Big Picture Education and the program can be found on the Big Picture Education website.

Big Picture Education Schools

For a comprehensive list of participating high schools, visit the Big Picture Education website.

Western welcomes enquiries and applications from Big Picture schools and their students Australia -wide.

Got questions?

Contact our Course Information Centre on study@westernsydney.edu.au1300 897 669, or Live Chat.