Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Academy?

A program for high achievers, The Academy offers a wide range of academic, professional and personal skills that prepare you to thrive in the face of change.

You also get access to internships, community engagement and volunteering projects, international learning opportunities, professional and personal development workshops, networking events, and exclusive study and social spaces.

The Academy is Western's high achievers program.

We help you graduate with much more than just a degree. We show you how to think differently and unleash your creativity. See things from multiple perspectives. Become a leader through academic rigour, professional and personal development, and community engagement.

Gain access to mentors, internships, and real-world experience through events, projects and international partnerships. Grow the skills you need to stand out – from your peers and, most importantly, to potential employers.

Yes. All current first-year advanced degree students are automatically included in The Academy.

If you have an ATAR of 90+ you can join The Academy, even if you’re not doing an Advanced degree. Current students with a GPA of 5 in the previous academic year can also join. To remain a member, you need to maintain a GPA of 5.

We will email you an offer of membership. You just need to let us know if you’d like to accept.

Yes. Mature age students (or Non Current School Leavers, as it’s now called) are given an ATAR equivalent when they apply for university.

If you achieve a 90+ ATAR equivalent, you can join The Academy.

We have a weekly e-newsletter called 'Inside the A' which is sent to members each Wednesday There’s also our public Facebook page for announcements, and our members-only Facebook page for chats, discussions and more information. We use Twitter, and have a page on the uni teaching website called vUWS.

No. What you participate in is totally up to you.

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Yes. If you meet the above criteria and you accept the invitation to join, you’re in.

That’s fine. We let you know if you’re eligible and you let us know if you want to join or not. You can, of course, opt out of any further communication.

No. Joining The Academy is free, although we also offer various funded opportunities. We advertise these through Facebook, our e-newsletter, Twitter and the Western website.

The Citizen Scholar Program is designed to help you become an active and engaged citizen as well as a life-long learner. It covers personal well-being, professional development, community engagement and global citizenship.

You get the chance to be part of the Reading Ambassador Program and SDSN Youth Network. Plus, there are great internships with local not-for-profit organisations, like the St Vincent de Paul Society, Cancer Council and Western Sydney Community Forum.

You can join the program once you’ve started at Western.

We’ll send you information in our e-newsletter. If you’d like to know more, contact us on theacademy@westernsydney.edu.au.

The Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking is a unique degree for new students with an ATAR of 85+ or continuing students with a GPA of 5+, and can be taken concurrently with any other undergraduate degree at Western.

It gives you the skills you need to thrive within our increasingly complex world, including expanding your thinking styles and growing your personal ethical approach to leadership.

The Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking consists of eight units, i.e. 80 credit points.

This course is available to high-achieving students only. To be eligible, you need a minimum ATAR of 85.

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