At Western, we believe that higher education should be accessible to all. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education is a key priority for us.
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and educators, the school sector and other stakeholders, we aim to build the educational aspirations, skills and confidence of Aboriginal school students, support their participation and champion their success in higher education and other beneficial post-school career pathways.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program
Kayden shares his experience of the Pathway Program available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and explains how participating in this program helped relieve the stress of applying to university.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program is an alternative entry pathway. As an Indigenous prospective student, you are not required to have completed the HSC or any other qualifications to apply at Western via the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.
Upcoming assessment days:
- Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August 2023
- Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 November 2023
Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
This four year degree is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students only. Hear about Talyssa's experience studying this degree at Western.
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Course Frequently Asked Questions
The Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education is a four-year full-time course studied in block mode. To study a block mode program you 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.
The course is offered at the Bankstown campus.
As a graduate, you will meet the Professional Teaching Standards for Graduate Teacher with the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and NSW Education Standards Authority. There is an early exit point - the Diploma in Educational Studies (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education - for students not seeking a professional teaching qualification.
Graduates from this degree can look forward to career opportunities including primary school teaching in government and non-government sectors, curriculum design, a field education officer or Indigenous liaison officer.
The Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education was established to provide support and encouragement for our Indigenous students. Located on multiple campuses the Badanami Centre’s provide dedicated study and support facilities for Indigenous students.
The services provided through Badanami include:
- Tutoring for Success
- Learning Support
- Student Services & Facilities
Unique to Western Sydney University and established in 2015, The Academy offers high potential students opportunities to gain the intellectual and practical skills needed in today’s ever-changing world.
The Academy provides extension-level academic development, community-engaged service learning opportunities, international and national experiences, and a range of professional and personal development workshops.
HSC True Reward Early Offer Program
The HSC True Reward early offer program gives school leavers much needed peace of mind, providing an early offer into most courses at Western Sydney University based on Year 11 or Year 12 subject results.
Applications are now open to receive an early offer to begin in 2024.
Life at Western
As a student at Western, you become part of a dynamic, thriving and culturally rich community. There are plenty of opportunities to stay engaged, socialise and have some fun! See everything Western has to offer from Accommodation, Campus Life, Scholarships, Student Support Services and more.