Diploma of Social Science / Bachelor of Social Science

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00917K; 02851G (WS, The College)

The Bachelor of Social Science degree is a broadly based, inter-disciplinary three year program offering flexibility and choice within a range of offerings in the social sciences. The degree seeks to equip all students with the interdisciplinary and specialist skills and knowledge that a new graduate would need on entering the workforce or on proceeding to advanced study. Students are encouraged to choose from more than one of the social sciences, to allow for personal and occupational interests, and prepare themselves to extend their studies at the major and sub-major levels. The majors and sub-majors include: Child and Community; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Geography and Urban Studies; Peace and Development Studies; Sociology; Anthropology; Heritage and Tourism. Students are able to select eight elective units from across Western Sydney University subject to availability and Western Sydney University rules. The Bachelor of Social Science aims to expand understanding of the social world in three ways: through social theory, social research and the applications of these ideas and knowledge to practice through social engagement. It provides a wide base for understanding issues in the complex, culturally diverse and ever-changing social environment of the 21st century.


260 credit points


  • Social science

Standard entry requirements

Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or competency in English at IELTS 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or passed The College English test at IELTS 6.0 equivalent or passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher. Met other entry requirements such as: an ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Study pathways

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College, as an agent of Western Sydney University, via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Social Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
WS, The College, Bankstown
  • ATAR: 55
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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