Bachelor of Education (Primary) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education at Western

This degree will extend your personal literacy and numeracy skills and develop your cultural perspective as it relates to schools and communities. It provides a firm foundation for the curriculum studies units, in which you will examine the curriculum content for primary schools.

The course is offered at the Bankstown campus in block mode. Block mode is designed to afford students the capacity to remain in their communities to fulfil their family, community, career, cultural and social responsibilities.

To study a block mode program your are required to attend five residential schools per year, each lasting approximately one to three weeks. Travel, accommodation and meal costs to attend the workshops are funded by Abstudy for approved students. Students may also be eligible for Tutoring for Success (TFS) assistance. Professional experience is undertaken in schools in home communities and in Sydney.

A literacy and numeracy test is required prior to the school placement for Professional Experience 4: Teaching in Country.

Professional accreditation

Our graduates are qualified to teach Kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6) in government and non-government primary schools in Australia, and most other countries. This course has been professionally accredited by the NSW Education Standards Authority. Our graduates will meet the Australian Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers.

Course structure

Our course structure is outlined in our handbook. Here you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.

Fees and delivery

Fees: Varies depending on units selected. View available units in our handbook. We have developed a student contribution fee calculator to help you work out what your contribution amount is per unit.

Student contribution calculator [XLS, 133 KB]

Delivery: On campus; block mode

This course is only available to domestic students.

Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.


Available only to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Application for the course is via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. Students who apply through UAC will be referred to the Western Sydney University application process. This includes testing of Literacy and Numeracy skills, as well as an informal interview.

Visit the Pathway Program page for more information.



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"The course offers a high quality, flexible, hands on and practical approach to learning, an enjoyable higher education experience."

— Jessica Wellington. Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education

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Support for success

Western Sydney University is committed to providing a range of student
support services
 for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, including scholarships, tutoring for success and learning facilities.

The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.