The Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking (BALCT) is not a stand-alone degree, it is designed to be combined with any Bachelor degree at Western, following receipt of Academic Standing on your core degree. The BALCT consists of 8 units which can be taken after you complete your Bachelor degree as an additional year of study, during Summer sessions* or in block mode prior to the commencement of the Autumn and Spring sessions.
This degree is not compulsory, but we encourage students who want to feel challenged, and who are looking to 'stand-out' from their peers, to enrol in the program. Enrolling in the BALCT guarantees entry into The Academy.
This course is underpinned by internships, international and transformative educational experiences, student-led projects and local community engagement. Emerge with a sound balance of theory, practical experiences and critical thinking skills.
*not all units are available during Summer sessions
Transformative Thinking: Adapting to and anticipating change and the need for innovation.
‘Mistakeability’: Learning and taking direction from one’s mistakes and errors.
Aesthetics: Appreciating the importance of both functionality and beauty.
New literacies: Not just strong reading, writing and advocacy skills, but understanding literacy within the everchanging technological environment.
Working in teams: Co-operative relationship skills across disciplines, cultures and experiences.
Creativity and entrepreneurship: Innovation, creative and critical thinking, systems thinking and risk taking.
People-centred thinking: Placing people and their needs at the centre of your work.
Blank canvas innovation: Being able to start and develop the innovation and creativity process with minimal resources.
Ethical leadership: Building a frame of reference in which to reflect on morals, confronting challenges, and understanding that leadership is a process.
The course structure is outlined in the BALCT Handbook (opens in a new window), where you can view all of the units (subjects) you will be studying.
The ATAR requirement for the Bachelor of Applied Leadership and Critical Thinking is 85.00. As a new student, you can enrol in the BALCT from the first semester at the University, but should seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor or The Academy’s Academic Coordinator. Students must maintain a GPA of 5.0.
All units in the BALCT are delivered on the Parramatta Campus. If you enrol in the BALCT you will be invited to become a member of The Academy.