The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) and the Indigenous pathways program for the Bachelor of Commerce
The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) provides a pathway for motivated and aspiring Indigenous students who do not meet the regular entry requirements for the BA. It is a four-year degree with integrated academic development, and is linked to exciting opportunities to live at the University. Extended program pathways have been developed or are in the process of being developed for other degrees including the Bachelor of Commerce. Further details on these programs can be obtained by contacting the Murrup Barak Institute.
The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) is a four-year Arts degree that includes transition and academic development subjects in the first two years to prepare Indigenous students for successful completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree. A key element of the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) is that the program includes a residential component; students live in University residential colleges and benefit from all the extra support and opportunities that colleges provide. Services for Indigenous students are also provided through the Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.
From 2011, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Extended), are able to choose to undertake a pathway program that will enable them to enter the Bachelor of Commerce. Two specifically developed mathematics subjects are offered to Bachelor of Arts (Extended) students interested in pursuing a commerce degree. The mathematics subjects are specifically tailored to a business and economics context with examples highlighting the use of quantitative skills in solving commerce problems. To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Arts (Extended) students need to pass these two mathematics subjects. Successful students will be given the opportunity to receive dedicated academic and business mentoring.
We are looking to recruit a national cohort of outstanding Indigenous Australians. Students who believe they would benefit from an extra year of targeted support are encouraged to apply. Eligible students will be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait descent and have completed a VCE or interstate equivalent. Eligible students will demonstrate capacity to succeed in tertiary study and have the potential for leadership in the community. All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview.
Enrolment into the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) is capped at twenty Indigenous students per year. The degree has a strong focus on cohort based teaching so there is only one intake per year commencing in Semester One.
The first year includes six academic development subjects that are designed to build your academic skills, confidence in preparing and presenting your ideas, leadership potential and teamwork. The second year includes further transition subjects,including mathematics for those interested in the Commerce pathway. The teaching is cohort based and you will have the opportunity to learn with your Indigenous peers. Students also enrol in one mainstream Arts subject from in each semester in first year. As you move through the program successfully you can choose your mainstream Arts units in line with your interests and possible career paths.
In the first two years of the course all Bachelor of Arts (Extended) students live on campus in one of the colleges close to the University. The application process aims to assess your suitability for the residential component of the program and match prospective students with the most appropriate residential college. You are also encouraged to start your own research on the colleges to see which one right suit you best. College life offers a secure, welcoming place to live in Melbourne, and plenty of opportunities for help with studies, sport, and friendship.
If you are eligable for Abstudy, your college fees may be fully paid through the residential cost option. For students who are not eligible to receive Abstudy, fully funded scholarships are available (but not guaranteed). Your college will provide all meals and extensive academic, pastoral and social support. Bachelor of Arts (Extended) students are eligible for additional financial support during their study, including the Melbourne Access Scholarship, which is a $6000 annual allowance paid in instalments, including $1000 upon enrolment to assist with relocation fees/books etc. Indigenous students are also eligible for other University scholarships.
There are over 40 areas of study and hundreds of subjects to choose from - from Australian Indigenous Studies to History, Psychology, Media and Communications, Languages, Criminology, Political Science and International Studies, Philosophy, and many more. Detailed information about areas of study can be found on the Bachelor of Arts Website
Applications should be made through VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre). Students are reminded to also complete the SEAS application form when applying through VTAC. Timely applications close on 30 September 2011, with late applications accepted until 11 November 2011 (please note that late applications incur additional charges). In exceptional circumstances direct applications may be submitted to Murrup Barak after this date.
What happens after I put in my application?
Applications are assessed and all applicants will be contacted individually.
Can I defer my offer?
You cannot defer your offer into the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) Your will need to re-submit you application by the dure date for your nominated year.