Bachelor of Arts | Eastern College Australia

Bachelor of Arts

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Course Code: CRS1201403
CRICOS Code: 102321A
This course is available to domestic students and overseas students to study in Australia

1. About Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts award is a broad-based award where the students engage in a variety of fields to encounter a variety of ideas and apply a Christian perspective to them. The College offers majors in Visual Arts, Education Studies, English, History, Community Development Studies, Youth Studies, Counselling Studies as well as minors in technical fields such as mathematics and science.

The Bachelor of Arts gives students expertise in discipline-based theory and practice. Students gain broad-based knowledge and skills for possible employment in the following: the public service, advertising, publishing, media, communications, politics, education or journalism.


The Bachelor of Arts course is built on the understanding that social and personal values and faith shape social and workplace communities, cultures and families. The course draws on a number of particular disciplines to explicate and explore how these have contributed to and drawn from faith and values in various contexts. The student is encouraged to develop an understanding of the integration and interplay of Christian faith, knowledge and social justice.

Faith is pervasive, powerful, multifaceted, and an enduring dimension of human experience. Christian faith has shaped complex cultures and countless individual lives. It continues to be influential in the world today. The Bachelor of Arts notes this and the related emphasis on the importance of values in society and helps participants to explore the conceptual influences which have shaped our contemporary worldview. In this context, students are encouraged to engage and respond insightfully and effectively to the challenges that do and will confront them and their communities in the course of their personal and professional lives. Studies in the Bachelor of Arts recognise and explore the interplay that each discipline has to culture, context, Christian faith and values. Through the course of study, students will engage with ideas, beliefs, values and concerns pertaining to the human condition and context in the light of a Christian perspective. As they do so, they will build learning communities on‐campus, online and through practicum.

Aesthetic, imaginative and relational dimensions are explored. The degree provides for the acquisition, processing and evaluation of new knowledge and thus offers a base from which to pursue further (graduate) studies and also to engage with new ideas, changes and challenges in a variety of environments. Some of the majors are focussed toward particular vocational outcomes. Students will develop capacities to contribute to strengthening the communities with which they are associated. The course offers students a broad, flexible education that allows them to develop philosophical and theoretical frameworks through understanding, critically evaluating and disseminating knowledge. It also builds students’ capabilities for task‐specific skills and vocational outcomes. This base enables graduates to take up employment and service opportunities in the broader community-building social capacities and resilience. Employers, churches and the wider community will benefit from graduates who have a broad educational experience, strong values‐based personal philosophies and who are socially aware and responsible.

Students may complete one or more of the Christian Foundation units online and some specialisations (currently English, History and studies in the Social Sciences) include units that may be completed online. Students who are considering online study should refer to the College’s Am I Ready to Study Online?

Course Outcomes

  • Work and learn collaboratively with colleagues, other professionals and members of the wider community
  • Demonstrate highly developed skills in oral, written and electronic communication and the ability to communicate research outcomes, and produce scholarly papers informed by a Christian worldview
  • Demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge in the Arts disciplines, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines or areas of practice.
  • Use critical and analytical thinking and judgment in selecting and applying appropriate theories and methodologies to evaluate information and knowledge about society, culture and the arts
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues, and social responsibility when engaging in scholarship and professional roles in the local, national or international community
  • Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate solutions informed by a Christian worldview to unpredictable and sometimes complex problems in the Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative Arts, including cross-disciplinary approaches.
  • Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility and accountability for personal actions and a continued commitment to learning in personal, professional, and scholarly contexts

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Full)
This course is available to domestic students and overseas students to study in Australia

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Arts degree is composed of 24 subjects of 6 Credit Points each completed over 3 years full-time equivalent (144 Credit Points in total).

Students undertaking this degree are required to complete:

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Core (36 credit points) Core (36 credit points) Core (36 credit points)
Major (48 credit points) Major (48 credit points) Major (48 credit points)
Minor (24 credit points) Minor (24 credit points) Major (48 credit points)
Electives (36 credit points) Minor (24 credit points) Electives (12 credit points)
  Electives (12 credit points)  

Electives may be units from any undergraduate course offered by the College.

  1. Normally, subjects are taken in the following level order: “500” (Introductory level) then “600” (Intermediate Level) then “700” (Advanced Level).
  2. All Students are required to complete 36 credit points in the Christian Foundations core.
  3. Students must include at least one major sequence, comprising at least 48 credit points. This sequence must include at least 18 credit points in “700” (Advanced Level).
  4. In their course, students must not include more than 60 credit points in “500” (Introductory level) subjects and must include at least 36 credit points in “700” (Advanced Level) subjects.
  5. Students must not include more than 24 credit points in Practicum (PR) or Industry Engagement (IE) subjects in the Bachelor degree.
  6. Students may not import more than 96 credit points from other institutions.


Exit Pathways

Students who commence this award may exit with a Diploma in Arts or an Associate Degree in Arts.

Articulation Agreements

This course has no formal articulation agreements

Pathways to further learning

Completion of this award with the appropriate major(s) and/or minor(s) will allow entry into the Master of Teaching award.

2. Essential requirements for admission

English Language Requirement

An applicant for studies in this course will be deemed to have sufficient English proficiency if:

  • They were born in one of the following countries and have completed at least one qualification (secondary or tertiary) in one of those countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They were not born in one of the following countries but have completed senior secondary study or at least one year of full-time university study in one of these countries and the language in which the qualification was undertaken was English:
    • American Samoa; Australia; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga; Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom; USA; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
  • They have successfully completed a senior secondary qualification, a post secondary Diploma qualification of at least two years, an undergraduate program of three years or more, or a postgraduate program of two years or more FT or more, undertaken in a non-English speaking country provided the study:
    • was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides or an institution accredited through one of ICETE’s registered accrediting bodies and is confirmed by the institution as having been conducted and examined solely in the English language.
  • They have attained results as listed in one of the following qualifications:

    Test Minimum Results
    IELTS Academic 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
    TOEFL (Paper based) 550+ Test of Writing English 4
    TOEFL (Internet) 76+ Writing 18
    Pearson Test of English (Academic) 57 No communicative score below 50
    Cambridge English Advanced 54 No less than Borderline in writing

3. Admission Criteria

A. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

ATAR Based Admissions

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)* or equivalent obtaining an ATAR score of 60

Other Admission Pathways

Students who had exceptional circumstances in the completion of their secondary studies may be admitted with evidence of difficulties from the secondary institution, medical practitioners and/or other professionals who can attest to the impact upon the prospective student’s ATAR

ATAR [and selection rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2021 (Full year)

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR (Excluding adjustment factors) Selection Rank (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer 0
Median rank to receive an offer 0
Lowest rank to receive an offer 0
  • “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
  • N/A – Students not accepted in this category
  • N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants must have completed a Certificate IV or higher

C. Applicants with higher education study

  • Successful completion of the Diploma in Arts or equivalent level award OR
  • Successful completion of the Associate Degree in Arts or equivalent or equivalent level award OR
  • Other higher education studies (complete or incomplete) that may or may not grant advanced standing

D. Applicants with work and life experience

  • Mature Age entry for those who have reached the age of 21 is available

4. How to Apply

You can apply directly to the College via our online application form available at

5. Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see or call the College on 9790 9200 and speak to the Registrar


Counselling Studies Major
Education Studies - Degree Major
English - BA Major
History Major Major
Counselling Studies Minor
English Minor
History Minor Minor
Mathematics for Educators Minor
Industry Engagement / Internship Electives Elective(s)
Christian Foundations - Degree Core

Units attached to this course

Unit Code Unit Name
AR540 Arts and Creativity
AR546 Arts and Spirituality
AR641 Creative Practice Foundations: Drawing
AR643 Creative Practice Foundations: Painting
AR742 Contemporary Drawing Practice
AR745 Integrated Art Practice
AR746 Aesthetics and the Visual Arts
CD520 Community Development and Social Change
CD530 Applied Human Rights
CD610 Art and Social Action
CD622 Art and Community Development
CD631 Inequality and Marginalisation
CD721 Leading and Organising for Social Change
CD730 Gender and Sexuality
CD731 Community Advocacy
CF501 Living in Christ
CF502 Foundations for Faith
CF503 Introduction to the Bible
CF604 Faith, Reason and Justice
CF701 Integration of Vocation and Faith
CN510 Introduction to Counselling
CN520 Personal Philosophy of Counselling Practice
CN602 Common Counselling Issues
CN603 Strengths-based Collaborative Approaches to Counselling
CN605 Counselling for Addiction
CN611 Basic Counselling Skills
CN621 Counselling Skills and the Counselling Profession
CN701 Family Counselling
CN704 Counselling for Crisis, Trauma and Loss
DS701 Directed Study
DS702 Directed Study 2
ED520 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED520.306 Developmental Learning and Pedagogies
ED521 Educational Decision Making
ED521.306 Twenty-first Century Learning and Teaching
ED621.306 Ecology and Management of Learning Environments
ED622.306 Students with Additional Needs
ED623.306 Information Communications Technology and Design
ED724.306 Learners, Educators and Social Contexts
ED731.306 Curriculum, Assessment, Evidence and Data
ED732.306 Professional Identity and Engagement: Ethics and the Law
EN503 Literature and Worldview
EN504 Right Writing
EN601 English Literature: 14th to 18th Century
EN602 English Literature: Blake to the Present
EN662 Write Creatively
EN701 Australian Literature
EN735 Reading Great Books
EN736 Modern Literature
HS501 Early Twentieth Century History: From Chronicling to Understanding
HS570 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS602 Christian History in a Digital Age
HS636 Contact, Conflict and Reconciliation
HS637 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
HS670 The World We Live In: World History Since 1945
HS701 Silenced Voices Speaking
HS702 Writing History
HS735 Empires and Globalisation
HS737 Radicals, Reformers and Revolutionaries
IE501 Industry Engagement: Exploratory
IE601 Industry Engagement: Foundation
IE701 Industry Engagement: Capstone
MC661 Building a Discipling Culture
MC662 Multiplying Missional Leaders
MC663 Leading Missional Communities
MC764 Leading Kingdom Movements
MN621 Leadership 1
MN631 Pastoral Care
MN638 Congregational Worship and Spirituality
MN651 Strategic Communication
MT560 Basic Calculus
MT580 Statistics for Decision Making
MT610 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
MT640 Linear Algebra with Application
MT740 Advanced Calculus
MT780 Advanced Statistics
PR560 Internship 1
PR660 Internship 2
PS511 Introduction to Psychology
PS602 Human Development: Implications for Counselling
PS701 Mental Health for Counselling
SS501 Introduction to Sociology
SS502 Indigenous Australia and the Nation
SS600 Innovative Social Action
SS601 Ethical and Professional Practice
SS700 Social Research Methods
SS701 Social Policy
YM501 Spirituality in Youth Ministry
YT501 Theories of Youth Work
YT541 Youth Work and the Youth Sector
YT602 Group Work and Program Design
YT603 Youth Rights and Participation
YT701 Leadership in Youth Work
YT720 Trauma Informed Youth Work

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