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Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 324941

CRICOS 089705J

The Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences allows the study of both society and science, and the interactions between them to prepare students for a range of careers in policy, government, communication, business, and industry. With a core drawn from Science, History, English, Philosophy and Aboriginal Studies students examine the construction, transmission, and critique of scientific and other forms of knowledge, and their ethical and social impacts. Rather than simply a combination of two independent degrees, this three year single degree offers a distinct interdisciplinary approach. It allows students to take a major and/or a minor and, for the more adventurous, the opportunity to co-create a study pathway under the guidance of an experienced academic.

Key to this program is the final year Science and Society capstone course and the Liberal Arts and Sciences internship, taught collaboratively by the Faculties of Arts and Sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to go on exchange as part of their study, and the program has particularly strong links with the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences offered by the University of Freiburg, one of the University of Adelaide’s priority international partners.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324941
    2017 CSP ATAR 66.3
    2017 CSP IB 24
    2017 Adelaide Approved Score 70
    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).

    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.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • 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: 324941

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 089705J
    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 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 9
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    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
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,000

    Scholarships

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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    • business and industry
    • education officer
    • policy
    • public relations and communications
    • science journalist.

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

    Potential careers

    Journalist, Land Resources and Land Care, Biodiversity Assessment, Communications Officer, Policy Adviser, Ecotourism, Education Officer / Educator, Public Relations Officer, Public Relations Officer / Publicist, Environmental Consultant, Research Manager, Resource Manager, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Development Worker

  • 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 arts@adelaide.edu.au to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences students:
    > Pace University (US)
    > University of Freiburg (Germany)
    > Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    > Osaka University (Japan)


  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan for commencing students
    Year 1S1 PHIL 1101
    Argument and Critical Thinking
    SCIENCE 1400
    Science or Fiction
    Arts Elective Level I Science Elective Level I
    S2 ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind: Freedom and Media (semester 1 or 2)
    ABORIG 1002
    Indigenous Scholarship & Interplay of Knowledges
    Arts Elective Level I Science Elective Level I
    Year 2S1 SCIENCE 2500
    Communicating Science (not yet scheduled)
    Open Elective Level II Arts Elective Level I or II Science Elective Level I or II
    S2 HIST 2089
    History of Science
    ENGL 2046
    English for Professional Purposes,
    or
    ENGL 2110
    Academic English II
    (summer and winter semester)
    Arts Elective Level I or II Science Elective Level II
    Year 3S1 Open Elective Level III Open Elective Level III Arts Elective Level III Science Elective Level III
    S2 ARTS 3004
    Science and Society (not offered in 2017) (6 units)
    or
    ARTS 3005
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship (not offered in 2017) (6 units)
    Arts Elective Level III Science Elective Level III
    An optional major or minor is available in this degree. Please visit the Faculty of Arts website for a full list of courses available.
  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017