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Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324671

CRICOS 075802A

This is an elite degree for high-achieving students. It is designed to be both challenging and rewarding. It's purpose is to provide gifted students with the enhanced skills that they will need for higher degree studies or leadership roles in their chosen careers.

The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) is distinctive in the following respects:
> Students specialise in two separate disciplines, thereby gaining a broad range of skills and knowledge.
> From first year students can undertake level two courses.
> Access to special courses which are specifically designed for high-achieving students. This includes a major independent research project on a topic of the student's choice.
> Attendance at exclusive events, such as workshops, seminars, industry talks and guest presentations, as well as social events.
> An individual academic mentor whose role is to support and encourage intellectual development.
> Becoming a member of a small but distinctive community within the wider community of the University.

The degree creates a unique environment in which high-achieving students can thrive and achieve their full potential.

Note: Students must maintain a GPA of 5.0 or they will be required to transfer to the Bachelor of Arts.

The Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) provides students with specialised and advanced knowledge in two of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Creative Writing, English, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography Environment and Population, German Studies, History, International Development, Japanese Studies, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, or Spanish Studies.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324671
    2017 CSP ATAR 95
    2017 CSP IB 35
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 95
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. GPAs earned from non-award study within the Faculty of Arts are also considered.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2018. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2017 or 2016), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2016). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324671

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 075802A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 95
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 34
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 21
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $30,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Likely careers include research, Government, consultancy and policy maker.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    If you maintain a high GPA, you will have the opportunity take part in an internship in your third year with an organisation from within the arts, media, parliament or environment. These include State Parliament and a range of public and business sector agencies, where you can use the knowledge from your university study in a practical work environment, building valuable networks and gaining experience that counts towards your degree program and prepares you for your future career.

    Potential careers

    Linguist, Anthropologist, Author, Parliamentary Adviser, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Consultant, Policy Adviser, Political Adviser, Politician, Public Servant, Researcher, Feature Writer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Academic, Journalist, Analyst, Lecturer, Management Consultant, Archaeologist, Arts Administrator, Ministerial Adviser, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) students:

    • University of Edinburgh (UK) (limited availability)
    • University of Glasgow (UK) (limited availability)
    • Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    • Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
  • Degree Structure

    BA (Advanced) students are appointed an academic mentor for the duration of their degree and are able to focus on advanced level study from the first year of study. Students will study two majors, undertake a 3-unit course in advanced humanities theory and method, and complete a 6-unit research project in their final year under the supervision of their academic mentor.

    The remainder of the degree is made up of free choice electives from disciplines within the Faculty of Arts. Students studying this program will attend various discipline research seminars, career and industry talks.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Majors currently available include:

    • Anthropology
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Creative Writing
    • English
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • International Development
    • Japanese Studies
    • History
    • Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Spanish Studies

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 Major 1 Level I ARTS 1007

    The Enquiring Mind
    (semester 1 or 2)
    Arts Elective Level I Major 2 Level I  
    Major 1 Level I Arts Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II Major 2 Level I  
    Year 2 Major 1 Level II Arts Elective Level II Arts Elective Level II Major 2 Level II
    Major 1 Level II Major 1 Level III Arts Elective Level II Major 2 Level II
    Year 3 Major 1 Level III ARTS 3003

    Advanced Humanities:
    Theory and Method
    Major 2 Level III Major 2 Level III
    Major 1 Level III Capstone (6 units) ARTS 3002
    Advanced Arts Research Project (6 units)

    (to count towards major)
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates


    Essays, seminar or tutorial participation, exams, internship research project option, 6-unit research project in final year.

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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Monday, 11 Dec 2017